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InkCase Plus is an always on E Ink second screen; uses sports/fitness apps, an eBook reader, display Photo and receive notifications. Read more

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InkCase Plus is an always on E Ink second screen; uses sports/fitness apps, an eBook reader, display Photo and receive notifications.

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What is InkCase Plus

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.

 VOTE for the FitCase of your choice :   https://www.facebook.com/Oaxis

Hot off the Press

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Add a battery-saving, E Ink display to your phone for $79 

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InkCase Plus Adds A Second, Standalone E-ink Screen To Your Android Phone 

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InkCase Plus: an always-on E Ink second screen for your smartphone


Why do we need InkCase Plus?

1.  Battery Saver

Source: Data compiled by New York-based app Locket
Source: Data compiled by New York-based app Locket
  •  Most of the text in emails, messages and news is in black and white. Therefore, we don't need to turn on the power hungry colour LCD display.
  • Turning on the phone’s main LCD generally consumes up to 50% of the smartphone battery during reading.

2.  It is always ON

  • Print screen or transfer your to-do-list, shopping voucher, map or boarding passes to InkCase Plus. You don't need to keep turning on your smartphone to look for that information in different applications.
  • Image or text displays will be retained even with the absence of a power source, unless it is being refreshed.

3.  Personalization & Protection

The InkCase Plus acts as a protective case when used with a FitCase.

A FitCase is a leather case that is designed to hold the phone as well as the InkCase Plus.

You can customize the InkCase Plus displaying up to 10 of your favourite pictures to personalize your phone case.

4.  Reading

Multi language support
Multi language support

You will be able to read your favourite literature on the InkCase Plus without sacrificing your smartphone battery life even in bright sunlight. Read up to 19 hours (continuously) or 3400 pages with a single charge! Your phone alone will never be able to let you do so!

5.  Sports

  • Don’t worry about sweaty, moist fingers and the weather. Even under direct sunlight you can check your workout progress both outdoors and indoors. Keep your valuables and fragile smartphone in your waist bag or pouch when working out or running.
  • InkCase Plus weighs less than 45g and is only 5mm thick.Grasp it in your hand while running or simply mount it on the bicycle.

6.  Notifications

Receive SMS and social network messages from WhatsApp, Twitter... etc.

Receive all notifications from your phone without turning on the power hungry LCD.

Notifications include: battery low indication, missed call, SIM card error messages.

7.  Incoming Call Functions

Pick up incoming calls with the InkCase Plus directly. You can also turn on the external speaker from the InkCase Plus after you picked up the call, or you may end the call from the InkCase Plus directly. 

8.  Music Control

Control your music playbacks without turning on the phone’s app. InkCase Plus can display your selected album’s cover. You can also control the music while reading an e-book.

The Future

The convergence of E Ink devices is already happening. A déjà vu of the smartphone that has integrated the GPS navigator, 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.

With our SDK, developers can develop different applications to work on the InkCase Plus extending its reach to different domains and applications for everyday use.

For Developers

We invite application developers to build apps that delight our users.  InkCase Plus’s possibilities are infinite; be it creating your own application, or even contributing to the core development of the InkCase genre.

The SDK provides a rich and comprehensive set of APIs to seamlessly integrate the InkCase Plus into everyday use. With the SDK & InkCase Plus Companion Apps, developers can ride on the existing resources to create new, fun and practical applications. The limits of creation will be your imagination only.

For more information regarding application development please visit

http://developer.inkcase.com/

InkCase Plus Backer's Rewards

How did we do it …

With years of experiences in e-reader products, our initial goal was to use the E Ink technology to create a companion for the smartphone. We wanted to enable the user to read and retrieve information without having to switch their phone on.

E Ink technology enables continuous reading for up to 19 hours and standby up to 7 days. This is achieved with a single charge from the built-in 500mAh Li-Ion battery.

The InkCase Plus uses low power Bluetooth technology to send information on-demand, hence conserving a great amount of battery life. 

InkCase Plus is built with a high density aluminium alloy frame shell and a hardened screen with 5H hardness. 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.

Using the standard Android SDK with the InkCase SDK & API, a developer can create any application he wants.

How it works and the technology behind the InkCase Plus

InkCase Plus is built with the same E Ink technology used in the e-reader series; image or information on the E Ink electronic display will be retained even in the absence of power.

Advantage of E Ink

For example, when reading on an InkCase Plus, power is only needed when turning to a new page. No power is consumed by the display while reading the page. This is most noticeable when the InkCase Plus goes into sleep mode and a still image is retained with no power source applied.

E Ink requires very small amount of power to work, hence it has a very long uptime. It displays crisp text and is easy to read compared to a common LCD screen that emits blue light. Normal LCD causes eye fatigue and is unpleasant to use over an extended period of time. 

Specifications

Why we need you and where are we now

We have been working on developing the InkCase Plus for over a year. We need your support to take this prototype to production-level and deliver it to you. We encourage more people to enjoy the InkCase Plus and create applications that are limited only by your wildest imagination and ultimately, build a community of InkCase users.

Our milestones and target timeline:

Our Team

G-Jay Yong
G-Jay founded the Group back in 2004. He has been instrumental in the overall development of the Group, primarily in terms of customers’ acquisitions, product development and management of contract manufacturers.

Tim Lee
As a consumer electronics product manager with eight years of experience, Tim has created and developed many popular products. He also has a background in Electronic Engineering with five years’ experience in hardware and software design.

Cedric Ng

Cedric is an industrial designer by training and an innovator at heart. An award winning designer who is passionate about creating delightful product experiences that embody aesthetics, technology and interactivity. He possesses a delicate mix of imagination, acute aesthetic sensibility and keen sense for usability.


JiaSen Low
He is leading the InkCase software architecture and firmware development. He has a wide range of experience in hardware, mobile app and web development. In his spare time, he is passionate about the latest software technologies and solving tough challenges.

Risks and challenges

Like many Kickstarter projects, we may face risks and challenges. Our current challenges are;
• Currently, only a handful of applications are available for the InkCase Plus, we are actively looking for new application developers to develop applications for the InkCase Plus.
• FitCase models will not cater to all Android phone models.

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    VERY EARLY BIRD: Be among the first to flaunt an InkCase+ in Black. This InkCase+ and FitCase will be sold for more than $139. Select between a pouch or Black FitCase for S5 (If you wish to have FitCase for other phone model, we will do so provided there are at least 500polls. So get your friends to poll together! )

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    BUDDY: Get to flaunt TWO InkCase+ with your Buddy. One in Black and another in White. Select between pouch or Black/White FitCase for S5 (If you wish to have FitCase for other phone model, we will do so provided there are at least 500polls. So get your friends to poll together! )

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    DEVELOPER SPECIAL: Be the first to develop APP on the InkCase+ and we will promote your APP together with our InkCase+ on Kickstarter (as long as campaign is active ). We will also publish your APP on www.inkcase.com. You will get one of our first production units in Black with our SDK and support from our technical team. Your InkCase+ will come with a pouch AND Black FitCase for S5 (If you wish to have FitCase for other phone model, we will do so provided there are at least 500polls. So get your friends to poll together! ).

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    FAMILY: Get to flaunt FIVE InkCase+ with your Family. Decide the number of Black and White InkCase+ you want. Select between pouch or Black/White FitCase for S5 (If you wish to have FitCase for other phone model, we will do so provided there are at least 500polls. So get your friends to poll together! )

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    LIMITED EDITION: Collect a PERSONALIZED InkCase+ with your NAME on it. Choose between Black and White color. It will come with a pouch and FitCase ( Choose between Black and White ) for S5 (If you wish to have FitCase for other phone model, we will do so provided there are at least 500polls. So get your friends to poll together! )

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    PARTNER: Start a business dialogue with us. You will be invited to dinner with the founders in LA. You will also get a personalized inkCase+ with pouch and FitCase (S5 or what is made based on polls by backers)

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Funding period

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