Today OAXIS launches its campaign on crowd funding site Kickstarter to bring the InkCase+ to life. Starting from $79 for the very early bird special, InkCase+ is a removable 3.5-inch E Ink display module. InkCase+ can be inserted into a dedicated smartphone case and used as an auxiliary screen, bringing all the benefits of E Ink to Android smartphones.
An early prototype was showcased to the public at both Mobile World Congress and Computex Taipei trade shows earlier this year. The prototype saw such a large amount of interest that OAXIS will work alongside Kickstarter backers to get through the difficult process of bringing a product to market.
InkCase+ will let consumers personalise their phone case and allow alerts to be pushed to the low power E Ink screen. This means that when users want to check their notifications or even read a book there's no need to power on the main screen, what's more the low power E Ink screen also means notifications are always visible.
As well as notifications the InkCase+ can provide reference materials such as maps, tickets or shopping lists even when it is out of power. InkCase+ can also display your favourite pictures, customizing your phone case according to moods and trends. Why stick with the same phone case when it could be infinitely customizable.
"Kickstarter provides a unique opportunity to work closely with our customers and have them shape the product we're creating," said OAXIS CEO G-Jay Yong. "We're excited to be working alongside the Kickstarter community bringing a fantastic InkCase product to Android users for the first time. We regularly hear from our friends and family that their phone has died and we hope that InkCase+ can alleviate this problem by making checking your phone a less power hungry process. We also look forward to the millions of photos people will use to customize their phone making the blank black slate a thing of the past."
The convergence of E Ink devices is already happening. In the same way smartphones have integrated Sat Nav, MP3 player, PDA, feature phone, game pad and more into one universal device, InkCase Plus will eventually be the "smart universal device" among E Ink devices. This is possible because of the ability of the InkCase Plus to install multiple apps.
Following the success of the acclaimed InkCase, the second generation InkCase Plus now packs more power as a modular second screen for Android smartphones. With the new ability to install apps, InkCase Plus has become the converged multifunctional second screen for E Ink devices; just like the smartphone for communication and personal devices.
InkCase+ provides a rich set of APIs to seamlessly integrate into the apps people use on their smartphones in their everyday lives. The available SDK and InkCase Companion Apps provide valuable resources to developers that will create a vibrant ecosystem of applications for InkCase+
•3.5" (8.75cm) E Ink display in a compact 2.25" (5.7cm) x 4.25" (10.8cm) body.
•InkCase+ uses industry standard BlueTooth technology to communicate with smartphones.
•At just 45g and 5mm thick the InkCase+ is one of the smallest and lightest information displays on the market.
•500mAh lithium polymer battery allowing 7 days of standby time, 3400 pages of reading or 19 hours of continuous operation.
•InkCase+ supports all Android smartphones running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above.
You can back the OAXIS on their Kickstarter page now: starting at $79 for the Very Early Bird adopters.
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