Evolutive Labs has started a Kickstarter project for its Rhino Shield, an impact-resistant screen protector that isn’t much larger than your average screen protector, but that promises to help shield your device from cracks and breaks. The screen protector is said to function both as a standalone piece and as part of a larger case, and can be had for the price of a single pledge.
The Kickstarter details why Gorilla Glass on handsets and tablets is not the end-all, be-all of impact resistance, demonstrating this with a couple YouTube videos that show the iPhone suffering a sad fate on the pavement and other such hard items. While a good measure, Evolutive Labs says, devices need a little extra something to help protect them from mishap.
This is where Rhino Shield steps in. The impact-resistant screen protector is very thin at 0.028cm thick, with most screen protectors measuring in a tad less than that at 0.015 to 0.020cm. Like other display protectors, it has an adhesive backing, and is said to have a “silky smooth” texture. Rhino Shield is said to feature “scratch resistant nanometer coating” to protect against scratches, and to have an anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating to guard against smudges.
Sadly, there aren’t any videos of the protector in action, but there is a two-shot series of images showing a large metal ball over a piece of the plastic, then another picture of the damage inflicted, which you can check out via the link below. Evolutive Labs is seeking £50,000 in pledges, having so far received 152 backers for a total of £2,562. If you’re interested, you can get a Rhino Shield of your own in April by pledging £12 or more.