InkCase Plus is an E-Ink display and case for any smartphone
Singapore-based firm OAXIS has come up with a low-power E-Ink second screen dubbed the InkCase Plus. This is a case that can work with practically any smartphone and saves your phone’s battery by reducing the amount of times you need to turn on the phone’s main display.
The InkCase plus hit Kickstarter just yesterday, and has already surpassed its $100,000 funding goal by nearly 150 per cent, reaching the target in the first 3 hours. It’s an updated version of the original InkCase, which only worked with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2. The new model is sold as a lone screen, which can be placed into any number of shells to fit smartphones of different sizes.
The device consists of an always-on 3.5-inch E-Ink screen that is mounted in a folio case attached to the user’s smartphone. It supports photos, eBook content, and fitness apps as well as displaying your phone’s desktop and notifications. The display will help reduce battery drain whilst still allowing users to perform a number of tasks such as getting directions, reading emails and pulling up travel tickets ready for inspection.
“The display is one of the thinnest and lightest on the market. You can view your vital information when you are enjoying sports and other outdoor activities,” OAXIS said in a statement.
InkCase Plus comes with Bluetooth support and a built-in 500mAh battery which can offer users 19 hours of continuous screen time, or up to 7 days on standby. Folio cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 are currently the only ones being offered, with OAXIS holding polls on which other devices will receive compatible cases.
Built with a high-density aluminium alloy frame shell and a hardened screen, the device can now picked up at a price starting at $89, with all the early bird pledges of $79 sold out already. The device is said to be sold for over $139 when released.