A dying phone battery and no access to a charger is no problem for carriers of the Everpurse, the latest recipient of the Proto Labs (NYSE: PRLB) Cool Idea! Award.
Docking a smartphone in the Everpurse (Photo: Everpurse)
From the outside, Everpurse looks like nothing more than a stylish purse. However, built into its inner wall is a wireless charging dock, which allows the user to attach their phone for a convenient charge. Everpurse also comes with an inductive charging mat which charges the purse wirelessly. Simply place Everpurse on the mat, and after six hours the purse holds enough power to recharge a dead smartphone twice. “Everpurse has a hallmark characteristic of a Cool Idea! Award winner,” says Larry Lukis, founder and chairman of Proto Labs. “It solves a problem. In this case, Everpurse was able to integrate design ingenuity into an everyday item and make charging technology fit a woman’s lifestyle, instead of the other way around.” The purses, which come in leather, crocodile and fabric options, are designed exclusively for Everpurse by two Chicago-based fashion designers, and are assembled there as well. With Proto Labs manufacturing the parts for the charging mats and docks, the majority of Everpurse is made in the United States. “One of our goals has been to produce as much of the Everpurse system as possible in the U.S., and using Proto Labs for manufacturing has been key,” says Dan Salcedo, co-founder and chief technology officer at Everpurse. “The best part about working with Proto Labs, in addition to the Cool Idea! Award, is the availability of its customer service team. We really appreciated that Proto Labs’ staff took the time to educate us on the manufacturing process, which ultimately led to an improved end product.”