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The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet.

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The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet.

There is nothing worse than being stranded somewhere and realizing you do not have what you need to make your situation better. I mean, Macgyver could build a house with string and a paperclip. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

In our cars we have tire irons, jacks, and spares to help get us back on the road, but what if you get a flat riding your bike on the way to class? We have all seen those cute little multitasking tools, but some of them are not practical when it comes to carrying them every day.

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This is where the MyTask iPhone case comes in. Currently seeking funds through Kickstarter, MyTask gives you something other multitaskers do not: versatility. This Macgyver-like case has an interchangeable sliding tray on the bottom allowing you to take what you need, when you need it, for the day. There are three trays offered during the Kickstarter campaign: Urban, Bike, and Stash. MyTask hopes to release more options after they reach their funding goals.

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    The Bike case with it’s nifty tools.

    The Urban case, weighing only 2.2 ounces, has 12 helpful tools:

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    • full-size 2″ scissors
    • personal mirror
    • dual eyeglass screwdrivers
    • ruler
    • flathead screwdriver
    • 3-mode LED light
    • tweezers
    • black pen
    • touch stylus
    • USB drive (8 GB)
    • bottle opener
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • nail file

    The Bike tray has 18 tools, plus tire patches, and only weighs 2.8 ounces:

    • 3 tube patches and tire roughener
    • flathead screwdriver
    • two tire irons
    • bottle opener
    • pedal and axle wrench
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • 6 Allen wrenches
    • 4 box wrenches
    • 2 spoke wrenches

    The Stash tray does not have any tools, but instead gives you an empty tray to “stash” your personal items. It is 3.5 mm deep, or about 1/8 inch, to store credit cards, keys, memory cards, or cash. The options are pretty endless with the stash tray. MyTask designed the trays to be interchangeable, so if on Monday you ride your bike to class, but Thursday you have to work late, you can swap your Bike tray with the Urban tray and be prepared for whatever life throws at you. Other similar cases on the market currently only offer one option.

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    All the cases are TSA compliant, even the Urban tray, so you can take your case on a plane without worry. All the tools are made from 1.5 mm hardened 440C stainless steel. They are incredibly strong so you don’t have to worry about them snapping or breaking on you.You can view a test video of the Allen wrench tool on YouTube.

    What do you think about these cases? I think they would come in handy. I know some people carry a pocket knife, but there are a few places that will not allow you to carry them, like planes. Sure, this case cannot provide a full supply of useful implements, but I think it does a pretty good job at giving you what you might need in an emergency. Regardless of what life throws at you, you will be ready for it with the MyTask case.

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    Featured photo credit: MyTask Kickstarter Page via s3.amazonaws.com

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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