16 10, 2014

(Really Expensive) Aluminum Case Protects iPhone 6

2017-01-26T23:37:28+00:00October 16th, 2014|

You’ve bought a shiny new iPhone 6 but with horror stories of bent phones, you’re afraid to put it in your pocket. Never fear; for $2,000, Gresso has an aluminum case that’s built to withstand the rigors of life in a back pocket. From GSM Arena:

Bendgate is the latest

[something]gate to plague the iPhone and Gresso has a case to cure that problem. The case is for the iPhone 6 rather than the 6 Plus, which is actually the one with bending issues.

Still, Gresso is known for its luxury phones and a lot of machining went into the making of the Gresso Aluminum Bumper for the iPhone 6.

It was machined out of aircraft-grade anodized aluminum and features a patented hinge mechanism to clasp both the front and back of the device.

The case increases the force needed to bend the iPhone 6 from 70lbs to 300lbs.

The most important part of the article? “The bumpers are available in grade 5 titanium and 18K yellow or white gold. Prices start from a wallet-clenching $2,000.” Better start saving those pennies. Of course, by the time you can afford a $2,000 case, the iPhone 7 might be out!

Click on through to the original post for a video of this test in action.

1 01, 2013

Remember Aluminum Christmas Trees?

2017-01-26T23:37:30+00:00January 1st, 2013|

Now that the calendar has turned to 2013 (we survived the Mayan Apocalypse, huzzah!), it’s time to take down those holiday decorations and look forward to the New Year. Many of us will bring the old pine tree out for recycling pickup while others will pack up realistic-looking fake trees.


Others? They may take down a sparkly bit of aluminum, and no, we’re not talking about a Festivus pole. The old aluminum trees – complete with rotating color wheel – are making a bit of a comeback. In some cases, like with Teresa Dominie, it’s a holiday tradition. From The Western Star:


To Dominie the tree, which has been in her family since 1966, represents tradition.

“I’m all about tradition,” she said. “If you look at my regular tree it doesn’t have ribbons and bows, it’s got ornaments from the places we’ve travelled. It’s got ornaments from my mother’s tree and my grandmother’s tree, my husband’s parents’ tree and his grandparent’s tree.

“It’s all about keeping the family in the holiday and in Christmas.”


In other cases, the aluminum tree has become more of a hipster fad. Everything old is new again, after all, and you can’t put a price on kitsch or irony. Well, actually, you can. From J. A. Bartlett’s blog circa 2010:


You can buy aluminum Christmas trees again these days. They’ve migrated over the last several years from hipster icon to something easily found in big-box stores, and some of them can be quite striking.


So, just how much is an aluminum Christmas tree these days? According to Amazon, a three-foot tree retails for about $34 while tall (seven feet) aluminum Christmas trees can fetch up to $225.


For all the great industry strides aluminum has made in manufacturing over the past year, who would have thought that a 60s throwback would be driving the price up?

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