These MacBook covers provide rock-solid protection

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What you are looking at is not a paper decal. This is the kind
of delayed wow factor the Belgian company Bambooti can expect
with its latest collection of MacBook Pro covers and iPhone
cases.

They’re made with
stone.


Bambooti

has made a
name for itself with customizable MacBook skins made from wood
derived exclusively from sustainably managed forests. This
time, Bambooti sources stone from different quarries around the
world.


I asked Bambooti co-founder Pieter Van
Moll via email how they are able to get the cover so thin. He
wrote back: “We get it this thin by extracting a thin layer of
stone from a bigger block by hand.” He ended the sentence with
a colon followed by a closed parenthesis, a smiley face and
polite way of saying the information is proprietary.

The
stone collection launched
on Kickstarter
today. Earlybird backers can get an iPhone
case for $38, about 40 percent off the retail price. A MacBook
cover can be pre-ordered for $71, which 30 percent off retail.
If Bambooti meets its funding goal and can stay on its
production schedule, the stone covers will ship by September.

bamboot stone collectionBambooti is also making stone
veneers for smartphone cases, including for iPhone.
Photo: Bambooti


You’re
having the same thoughts I did. A thin layer of stone is going
to be brittle and crack. Well, there’s a pretty good video of a
stress test on the Kickstarter page of someone hacking at a
stone-covered MacBook with a rock hammer. While the sharp end
of the hammer made visible marks, there were no cracks and the
cover did the job in protecting the computer.


Each cover
will have one of a kind marbling and texture and come in a
variety of stone colors – silver, black, desert, pink, rustic,
fire, and autumn. The cover is a less than 1 mm thick and will
add just 70 grams to the weight of your machine.

bambooti stone collectionEach cover will have one-of-a-kind
texture and marbling.
Photo: Bambooti

Actually, Bambooti shares some of the secrets to making stone
veneers on its Kickstarter page (see video below). A thin layer
of cotton is applied to a stone slab with resin. Once the resin
cures, the cotton is pulled away, taking with it a thin layer
of the stone.

Now that Bamooti has used wood, bamboo, and stone, it will be
interesting to see what other natural materials will show up in
its products next.