Remember back in 2014 when the Yotaphone was launched with its innovate design by having an e-ink display on the back of the device? Unfortunately, the device never caught on along with the next iteration – the Yotaphone 2.
Well today, Oaxis has announced the latest in its family of E-Ink cases. The InkCase i7 Plus for the iPhone 7 Plus is now live on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter. This scratch-resistant, waterproof smart case merges the functionality of an e-reader with your smartphone.
Using the latest Carta 1.2 E Ink panel, which is claimed to be the most advanced E Ink screen available, the contrast is vastly improved where white is brighter and black is darker when compared to the E Ink Pearl used in most e-reader devices. This includes the Amazon Kindle.
This super thin case adds only 4 mm of thickness to the iPhone 7 Plus, and is surprisingly light despite its smart capabilities. The screen area measures in 5.2”, and with its “Read It Now” function, users can archive downloaded articles from mobile browsers and apps, as well as multiple eBooks for the ultimate offline reading experience, all without draining their iPhone’s battery.
Oaxis has listened and acted upon customer feedback on its previous models, and now the InkCase i7 Plus has the ability to offer push news functions: a self-learning algorithm to display news for individual users based on their preferred genre. This news function is also automatically transferred to the InkCase, so you no longer have to manually sync them. To the relief of all, the new case has the added benefit of eliminating distractions by automatically removing all ads and annoying links, images and texts. To add a personal touch, users can further personalise their display wallpaper with a customisation template for live information widgets such as reminders, calendar, time or steps that day.
The InkCase i7 Plus allows users to edit photos via the InkCase iOS application and Bluetooth technology and now features a selfie assistance feature. This is a real-time reflection of the rear camera view, so users can ensure they are in the frame to capture better quality selfies than they would if using the less impressive front-facing camera. The InkCase i7 Plus also features multiple other functionalities, including receiving push notifications, creating task lists, and tracking physical activities with the Health App integration.
The InkCase i7 Plus’s memory is equipped with 128MB RAM and 256MB internal storage. With an IP67 rating, the case is also waterproof, dustproof and sand-proof and shockproof, you can be sure your device will be fully protected.
The InkCase i7 Plus is available to early bird backers on Kickstarter from 28th June 2017 for just £70.22. The first production samples will be with backers (within just 1 month!) and will be available in black and white. The price of the InkCase i7 Plus following the campaign will be £125.45. Oh, and I want one!