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InkCase Plus Wants to Put an E-ink Display in a Case for Your Phone, Crushes Kickstarter Goal in a Day

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If you could think of a single accessory that would greatly enhance your smartphone experience, is there any chance that you would say, “Give me a secondary e-ink display that I could pair to my phone and attach in a case!” I can’t say that I would, but if the early success of a Kickstarter campaign for a product called the InkCase Plus is any indicator, maybe many of you would. The InkCase Plus went live yesterday on the crowd-funding site with a $100,000 goal. In less than a day, it eclipsed that goal and seems to be picking up even more steam. 

So what is the InkCase Plus? Well, it is like I described – a secondary e-ink display that you pair with your phone to help reduce battery strain, while still being able to perform a number of tasks. You could use this secondary e-ink display to see directions, read a book, look at recently taken photos, accept calls, read emails, via workout activities, pull up a boarding pass, etc. without ever turning on the power-hungry color display of your phone. The e-ink display included in InkCase Plus can be used as a stand-alone device or as a part of a case that appears to only work with the Galaxy S5 at this time.

Assuming it works well, the e-ink display in the InkCase Plus could last up to 19 hours with steady always-on use, or 7 days on standby. If you could find uses for it that would take some of the strain away from your actual phone, it could have potential. Let’s just hope that it isn’t as thick as it looks in promo imagery.

Sound interesting? Give the intro video below a look and then decide if you want to be a part of the campaign. You can get into an InkCase Plus for as little as $79, with an expected fulfillment date of October 2014.

Via:  Kickstarter
  • http://twitter.com/RuSsYjO RussyJo

    classic Sara

  • Mo Ron

    The world is full of idiots.

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  • 213ninja

    it’s a neat idea but personally i’d rather carry a spare battery and adjust the screen brightness as/if needed.

  • redbar0n11

    *~*~*~*~HERE’S WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE….
    Make the case replace the back cover to where it can tap into the battery leads like wireless charging covers do. That way, you don’t need a separate battery and can just make it a flip cover that’s really thin with only the e-ink display and it’s small electronics. Sure, it uses some of the phone’s battery, but not as much as the regular display would. Plus now you don’t have this thick ass secondary device that you need to manage as well.

    THAT would be more attractive to me, than this design.

    • 213ninja

      it seems they thought being able to use it remotely (detached from your phone) was more important. i’m not sure what’s better, i see both sides of the coin…

    • Daistaar

      Except that now you’d have to design one for each phone since the battery leads are all in different places…

      • redbar0n11

        ……. That’s how any case is……… There is no “one case fits all”. Unless it’s some sort of pouch or satchel, any case maker knows they need to design a case for each popular phone model, because they all have different form factors. This one is currently only for the Galaxy S5.

  • lterry913

    I like to read outdoors so how about instead of just a power save mode we could just have an e-ink mode for when we need it…it would perform 2 tasks at once…battery saver and easier to read when needed.

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  • epps720

    As someone said before I think the Yotaphone is a much better idea (http://yotaphone.com/#/en/) just needs to be refined. Not only will this case make your phone that much larger it will constantly use your bluetooth. So don’t attempt to use this navigation feature in your car while also using your car’s bluetooth for a call. Or I hope you’re not trying to use bluetooth headphones while also using this thing on your bike as an activity tracker.

    • UniBroW

      Most phones are capable of connection to more than one bluetooth device at the same time. Case in point, on my Note 3 I was able to connect to the handsfree unit that is in my car as well as a bluetooth device I had hooked up to my auxiliary input for music. It didn’t always work perfectly but the capability is there. I haven’t had that same luck with the Nexus 5 though but tasker takes care of that.

  • Lunas Eclipse

    wow an attachment so you can use your phone in the sun….

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  • kiernan

    We heard you like screens so we put a screen for your screen; so you can screen while you screen.

  • cizzlen

    This is so dumb. But it’s Kickstarter and people will buy anything

  • calculatorwatch

    This is actually pretty sweet in theory. Having an e-ink display when you’re out in the sun or just looking at your phone quickly would be really convenient, but it really needs to mirror the whole OS to be ideal.

    Hopefully in a couple years they’ll have foldable displays ready and someone will make a compact phone will an e-ink display on the outside that folds open to a large OLED display.

  • No_Smoking

    I enjoy the look of e-ink, what is stopping a company from making a cell phone with e-ink for a display? Wouldn’t it make the phone last a long time? I wouldn’t mind seeing super long lasting, smart, minimalistic (and cheap) phones on the market.

    • Nicholas Ruiz

      That exists. It’s called Yotaphone. I asked the DL crew to talk about it before and they didn’t think much of it.

      • No_Smoking

        Interesting. Never heard of that company… I still wonder what kind of product could come out of a larger, more well known company.

      • cizzlen

        You should have put “Moto” in the title.

      • Daistaar

        Yeah I must’ve sent like 4 requests in around MWC and it fell on deaf ears, TIM AND KELLEN… (lol)

  • Geekdad

    Stupid idea. The S5 has a removable battery. Spend the money on one or two and switch out as needed.

    • Sjschwar

      20 bucks on amazon for 2 nfc batteries and a charger. i dont even plug my phone in anymore.

  • TC Infantino

    So…to fix the problem of your phone’s screen chewing through your battery….you use a seperate e-ink phone/thing?

  • One Two

    reminds me of Alcatel’s e-ink cover for the One Touch Hero (IFA 2013).

  • Adam Elghor

    The October delivery sounds really nice! Hopefully they stick to their word.

  • jbdan

    Huge potential imo

  • clay

    one of the few times a nexus wont get something, sales probably dont justify building a case like this for it. oh well, my smug elitist attitude wont change :D

  • dizel123

    Its no potato salad, but it looks like a decent idea

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    • No

      ?

      This is like going backwards in technology to the original PDA’s of the 1990’s that were black and grey screens. I paid $600 for 1080 devices, I’m not going back to the future of the 90’s

      • NoNewInnovation

        Back then a couple watch batteries could make a PDA work for a couple years without replacing them, the tech was so simple.

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      • a) youth.in.asia

        As you can tell, it looks like it’s mainly for the iPhone to help keep the electrical outlets open and you don’t have iPhone users hugging the wall as seen on Samsung’s latest ad.

  • jmashis

    Better idea than smartwatches.

  • Bryan Mills
  • Sjschwar
    • dizel123

      umm…no

  • Eric R.

    If they get the price down to $50, I’d buy it instantly

  • Jeff718

    How about just making a bigger battery. Even if it adds a small bit of thickness to my phone. Please, dear manufacturers.

    • Omar Amer

      or refine lithium air tech.

    • dizel123

      I’m sorry but you need to take you complaint elsewhere. People around here don’t want to hear about battery tech, they only want to complain about bezel size, SD cards and Verizon logos. So just take your incredibly useful ideas and go somewhere where that kind of thing is acceptable. I don’t know where that is, but if you find it please let me know so I can go there too.

    • Nathan

      What ever happened to the Pixel QI screen (or whatever it was called) that the Notion Ink Adam had? Then we could have one screen that could bounce back and forth between full color and e-ink at the push of a button. Then we don’t need this silly extension to our phones. Everyone wants phone that is ultra thin but they’re willing to double the thickness at the idea of odd attachment that (from what I can tell) merely adds another step before accessing your device? I really just don’t understand people.

  • DanielMena9

    waaaaaaant … maybe more refined but genius … this is why i’m not rich