About this project
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.
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Why do we need InkCase Plus?
1. Battery Saver
- 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.
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!
- 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
InkCase Plus supports any Android phone operating on Android OS 4.0 and above that has Bluetooth connectivity.
InkCase Plus is based on a modular design concept and can work as a stand alone.
If you wish to use it alongside your phone, a FitCase is required to hold both the InkCase Plus and your phone together.
Currently we have FitCase for Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 3. We are asking backers to vote and tell us which phone model they wish to have a FitCase design for. We shall produce that FitCase if there are 500 votes. Refer to our Update #3 on how to vote.
The available colors is Black and White.
There is a micro USB port at the base of the InkCase Plus. You can charge it using the USB-to-micro USB cable provided. You can connect to the USB port of your computer, notebook or a USB charger (not provided).
Up to 19 hours of continuous reading and 7 days under standby mode.
This is a key feature of E Ink display. Even in the absence of a power source, the image or information on the E Ink display does not disappear; unlike the LCD of a phone which will blank out when the battery is flat.
Color E Ink screen technology is still in research phase. The cost is still high to incorporate it into InkCase Plus. Furthermore, most of the information to be displayed on the InkCase Plus is in black and white like text and messages.
InkCase Plus is designed for the mobile phone. In order to avoid any false triggering or activation, we decided not to incorporate touch on the display. Furthermore, touch function will make the InkCase Plus thicker and will increase its power consumption.
It is possible to develop a bigger size screen for the InkCase Plus but we have selected the optimum size of the display so that it will fit most Android phones.
The InkCase Plus connects to the phone via Bluetooth.
You can visit http://developer.inkcase.com/ for our developer program.
You can also back us under the $199 Developer package where you will get the first units and our API/SDK and the support of our technical team
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