I’ll admit it: I love Square. Love, love, love it. It’s one of few products in my life (the others being my iPhone and my microwave) with which I have pretty much zero qualms.
Well… except for one: I never have the damned Square Reader with me. It’s too awkward for my pocket, and I’m too worried about breaking it to throw it into my backpack.
The Square Hoodie (a Kickstarter project) fixes all of that. And I want one. Now.
The Square Hoodie has two basic functions: it’s a case, and it’s a loop. The case bit protects (as cases are wont to do), while the loop makes it so that the Square Reader can be hooked onto a backpack zipper, a set of keys, or, as its designers suggest, a lanyard. (Pretty sure I’d stick with keeping it on my keys; I couldn’t in a million years be that guy who pulls off wearing a lanyard outside of a tradeshow.)
This actually isn’t the Square Hoodie’s first attempt at finding funding on Kickstarter. Its designers, Charles Mercader and Sam Dominguez, put the project up for the first time way back in November of last year, only to have it fall short of its original funding goal. They went back to the drawing board to figure out ways to bring down the cost (including finding a new manufacturer), shifted their pricing tiers around a bit to motivate donations, and are hoping this second attempt sees a bit more love.
While this isn’t the first time someone’s thought to make a case for the Square Reader, it’s the first I’ve seen that can actually stay on the Reader while in use. All the others I’ve seen turn the one-piece Reader into a two-piece ordeal — which, as I’ve spent hundreds of words ranting about before, is just terrible.
The pledge tiers start at $9, going up to $25 for people who want multiple cases. Check out the project’s Kickstarter page here
(Pro Tip: Bring your Square reader with you to big group dinners. As long as you can convince your friends that you’re not trying to scalp their credit cards, it’s an easy way to deal with those chumps who always manage to forget their cash.)