What Makes a Pong Case Intelligent?

Your mobile phone is smart. Now the case for your mobile device can be, too.

Pong Research introduces the world’s first Intelligent Case. The Pong Case pairs with your device to redirect wireless energy for optimized protection and performance.

All mobile devices use radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves to communicate. The devices contain antennas to transmit and receive wireless signals. Unlike traditional cases, the Pong case is embedded with a custom-engineered antenna system that passively interacts with your device when you snap it on. Specifically, copper elements plated in gold, yet thinner than a human hair, are precisely engineered in size, shape and location, to achieve optimum coupling with the mobile device’s own antenna. Pong’s built-in antenna technology reshapes the electromagnetic field pattern of your device’s transmitted signal and directs wireless energy away from you while optimizing your device’s outbound signal.


Reduce RF Exposure

When you place your cell phone next to your head or wear it on your body, you absorb a significant portion of the emitted RF energy.  As a result, much of your cell phone’s transmitted energy is wasted. The Pong Case directs wireless energy away from you to reduce the RF energy absorbed by your head and body.

The RF energy absorbed by the human body is measured by SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets the SAR limit for public exposure to be 1.6 W/kg. The Pong Case is proven to reduce SAR by FCC-certified testing laboratories. For example, the Pong Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 (for Verizon) reduces SAR to up to 96% below the FCC safety limit and the Pong Case for iPhone 5 reduces SAR to up to 78% below the FCC safety limit.

Optimize Outbound Signal

When the transmitted signal is absorbed by your head and body, the outbound signal of your mobile device is weakened. The Pong Case redirects the radio signal that is otherwise absorbed by you and makes it available for wireless communication.

Increase Range and Reduce Dropped Calls

Weak wireless signals are one cause of dropped calls. By improving the outbound signal, your phone can stay connected further from the cell tower and you can experience fewer dropped calls.

Conserve Battery Life

During a call, the transmit power of your mobile device is regulated by the cell tower depending on the received signal strength – if a stronger signal is received by the tower, the phone is instructed to transmit less power to preserve battery life. When the Pong Case enhances outbound signal to the tower, the phone will transmit more efficiently and this can conserve battery life.

Protect the Phone

Pong’s patented antenna technology is embedded in a form-fitting, lightweight polycarbonate shell that provides outstanding mechanical strength and durability. The Pong Rugged Case has a co-molded TPE (a rubber-like material) exterior that provides additional protection. Pong’s Rugged cases have been independently certified to exceed the U.S. Military Standard Drop Test, and can protect your phone from 6-foot drops.

iPad and iPad Mini

Pong Research also makes intelligent cases for the iPad and iPad mini. In order to comply with RF exposure safety limits, the iPad contains a body proximity sensor that lowers the transmit power of the cellular antenna when a human body gets close to it. However, the sensor is not intelligent, and will also be falsely triggered by any covering case other than a Pong case. The Pong Case is engineered to avoid the false trigger of the sensor and allow the iPad to operate as Apple intended. The Pong Case for iPad 4 can improve outbound cellular signal by up to 6.6 times compared to any other cases. Meanwhile, the Pong Case for iPad also contains Pong’s proprietary built-in antenna technology to reduce your exposure to wireless energy from the device’s cellular and Wi-Fi antennas.

9 thoughts on “What Makes a Pong Case Intelligent?”

  1. Would love to buy one of these but need it in a color. Have left ipad in rental car because of it being black and not being able to see it. ipad’s are too expensive to loose so sorry. Give me red or something bright and I am right there!

  2. Which direction does it reflect the RF waves? If I have it turned around, do they reflect towards the body?

    1. Pong reduces the amount of wireless energy coming from the screen or front side of your phone, and increases the amount from the back of the phone. For optimum protection, place the screen side of the phone towards you. However, the energy coming from the back is also spread into a less intense pattern, so even if placed with the Pong Case towards you SAR is reduced. That being said, Pong recommend users do not keep their devices in their pockets, in accordance with device manufacturer instructions.

      1. On an ipad, how is one protected? Normally users hold tablets on their laps so if it is directed out the back, it is going into the legs of the user. Not understanding how that would be protective.

        1. The Pong Case for iPad spreads the intense near-field energy from the iPad antenna into a more diffuse, less intense pattern. The result is less penetration and absorption of RF energy into the body (or legs) at the back of the iPad.

  3. You report on your website that Pong fone covers reduce radiation to certain levels below FCC maximum permissible levels. You do not report the levels from which your Pong covers reduce it. That is, you make no claim as to the absolute value of the reduction. You strongly imply, but carefully do not claim, that it reduces the radiation level from ABOVE the FCC max to below the FCC max; an impossibility, since the fone would then not be on the market. Your claim is perfectly consistent with a completely biologically trivial reduction from a level which is already below the FCC max , to a slightly lower level, also below the FCC max. Your claim seems implicitly meaningful; but in fact , precisely does not claim any specific, nor, for that matter, any biologically or medically meaningful reduction. The mere implication that your fone covers are useful will not suffice to induce me to spend $70-80 for your product. Is there any real evidence that your products reduce radiation in any clinically meaningful way?

  4. Your website implies that your cases decrease the radiation exposure to cellphone users in a biologically and medically meaningful way; but the decreased radiation exposure you claim, is a decrease below an FCC- acceptable baseline : otherwise the devices could not be on the market. You offer NO QUANTIFICATION of the reduction, either as an absolute reduction, nor a percentage change. Furthermore, you offer no expert assessment of the biological or clinical significance of the claimed reductions.
    The way you word the claimed reductions on your website is not inconsistent with a physically, numerically & clinically completely trivial reduction from baseline safe levels.
    Are the claimed reductions measured by a certified, objective third -party lab? Are the reductions substantial? If so, is there expert consensus that they are, or could be, clinically significant? The USA has plenty of expert medical radiation physicists who could answer the last question. That you have NO SUCH DETAILED info on your website suggests that such info would not favor use of your products. If your products are actually useful, I challenge you to respond to these very reasonable questions with real info on your website; instead of just deleting my comments ….again.

    1. Dr. Rector,

      We at Pong appreciate your concern as an emergency room physician for the potential adverse health effects of non-ionizing radiation exposure from cell phones and other portable devices. Pong itself employs PhD scientists in both health sciences (particularly expert regarding the human health effects of exposure to radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR)) and applied physics and radio-frequency engineering. To your question, Pong tests all of its products not only internally at its two state-of-the-art laboratories but also at Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) like CETECOM that are certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—the very same labs at which Apple, Samsung, and other portable device manufacturers test their products.

      Pong customarily, but not exclusively, states its laboratory-certified test results relative to the FCC Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) standard of 1.6 W/kg precisely because handset makers and carriers rate portable devices on this metric. Consumers, then, can more readily compare how their devices might perform both without and with a Pong case. This standard becomes even more important when one realizes (as Pong has emphasized before the FCC, Food and Drug Administration, and other regulatory bodies in the US and abroad) that other cases and other accessories can not only materially decrease mobile device performance but also substantially increase SAR. Pong is the only case tested across all operative frequencies to reduce consumers’ exposure to RF EMR by up to an absolute 83% (The Pong Case for iPhone 5S Verizon) by redirecting away from the user and redistributing near-field EMR, while increasing the device’s outbound signal by up to 44%: results that are by no means “trivial.” As you suggest, the precise, absolute percentage decreases (for SAR) and increases (for TRP) will certainly vary depending upon various devices and, at any time and from time to time, the frequency on which a device is communicating to a cell tower. Pong designs its products uniquely for each mobile device and cellular network. Pong holds a patent portfolio comprising 8 granted patents and 20 pending filings.

      Most consumers remain unaware that, when they talk on or carry a mobile device, their heads and bodies absorb 50% or more of the near-field radiation (the RF energy that carries the signal). This problem is far worse in children, due to their thinner skulls and developing bone marrow. Pong technology redirects and reshapes otherwise wasted near field EMR, so that it can propagate to the far field for communication to cell towers. As a scientific matter, however, one cannot say that any amount of RF exposure is “safe”—so Pong does not claim such a result either (in your words) “biologically and medically.” Pong likewise believes that the assurance from the FCC that a cell phone operating within the current SAR levels is a “safe” phone is misleading, since the science on RF exposure is inconclusive. Pong does not, however, assert that cell phones are “unsafe” (as that notion remains unestablished), but holds the scientifically-grounded view that less exposure to cell phone radiation—at any level that is possibly harmful—is “safer” than more, pending reasonably conclusive proof that human exposure to RF radiation under actual operating positions and conditions is not harmful in any respect.

      Finally, Pong has never deleted comments (other than spam) from any of its message boards. We are ruthlessly scientific and, like you, reject out of hand the fanciful claims of other products that lack academic rigor. Indeed, some of these companies have even enlisted others (without real expertise in our field) to attack Pong in an effort to promote themselves. Pong has attracted material investments from premier institutions like Catterton Partners, as well as prominent board members like Senator Bill Bradley. We want to make excellent products, thoroughly grounded in science, that don’t just protect your phone but protect you—and make your wireless experience altogether better. Given our apparent shared vision, it’s hard to process why you would attack rather than applaud us.

  5. I very much appreciate your prompt , detailed response. I have reviewed some of the media reports, including Wired Magazine reports, on your website, & am encouraged.
    I have not yet found on your website the testing statistics specific to various cases/phones made by Pong for various phones. In your response, you mention up to 83% reduction in RF EMR exposure for
    I Phone 5S Verizon. What is the range of optimal reductions obtained for various phones, please?

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