Otterbox has just released the iPhone 4/4S Defender Series case with iON Intelligence. In addition to the rugged protection you’ve come to expect from OtterBox, this case also features a backup battery and intelligent power management app. According to Otterbox, “The iON intelligence software is an app that estimates battery power and predicts battery time remaining by monitoring device usage habits.”
This hardware and software combo enables iPhone users to continually use their devices without worrying about battery life. The case eliminates the typically frustrations of battery case owners by “clearly displaying the power status for both the case and device and intelligently predicts when the phone battery will run out.” The Defender Series with iON Intelligence iPhone 4/4S case is available now with a retail price of $130, but for a limited time you can save 15% with coupon code “AM2012” bringing the price down to $110.50.
And yes, we’re told an iPhone 5 version is in the works. More images and full press release follows:
FORT COLLINS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE )–Combining the industry-leading and patented three-layer protection of the Defender Series® that case manufacturer OtterBox® is known for, the Fort Collins, Colo.-based company introduces the
first intelligent power solution for mobile technology. The OtterBox Defender Series* with iON IntelligenceTM  unites rugged protection and two times the battery capacity with a power management application for the ultimate experience in
empowered protection for the Apple® iPhone® 4/4S.
“Customers are wanting to do more with their OtterBox Defender Series,” said OtterBox President and CEO Brian Thomas . “They are on the go all the time now; they don’t have to worry about data, they always have to worry about battery life. We believe the Defender Series with iON Intelligence to be the perfect union of hardware and software. It is the most accurate, personalized power profile on the market.”
The Defender Series with iON Intelligence offers unique benefits for the technology power user:
Automates the power management process — the case knows when to charge the phone automatically
An interactive app allows the user to monitor the state of the phone and case while predicting the amount of battery life remaining
Ten LEDs allow for quick and accurate reading of the remaining battery charge in the case in ten percent increments
Updateable software, ensuring the latest and greatest functionality and user experience Included 4.2-mm diameter micro USB cable charges and syncs
The case will charge the device until it reaches 100 percent battery capacity, or for up to two hours of charge time if the device is not communicating battery status, before it stops charging. The case will automatically begin charging the device again when the device drops to a power level of 60 percent.
The iON Intelligence software is an app that estimates battery power and predicts battery time remaining by monitoring device usage habits. This app eliminates guesswork by clearly displaying the power status for both the case and device and intelligently predicts when the phone battery will run out. The iON Intelligence app monitors and incorporates many different factors to create the most accurate, personalized power profile possible. Over time, iON Intelligence learns about power usage patterns and improves its accuracy. The more it’s used, the better it gets.
“The vision is really about being a major component in the overall infrastructure, phone development, accessory development — being a part of every aspect of people’s mobile life of technology and so that is kind of where Otter[Box] is going to be going,” Thomas said. “In time, the consumer even comes with us and starts to say ‘OtterBox was a case company, now they are an integrated technology company.’”