How much has Singapore-based Oaxis raised so far via its Kickstarter project for its new E Ink casing? And what’s new about the casing?
Oaxis Inc., the Singaporean startup behind the original InkCase display phone accessory, is releasing an upgrade in the form of the InkCase Plus case.
For those not into the ink casing for phones craze, the InkCase Plus is a folio case for your Android phone that enables users to read and retrieve phone info without switching their phones on.
The Inkcase Plus helps save battery when used. All news and messages you read from your phone usually would be in black and white, so having it on makes it so that the LCD display doesn’t need to be turned on.
Putting on an InkCase Plus on your phone keeps it active so that you can look at it without flipping on the switch again, which usually drains battery faster. Unless your browsers and articles need refreshing, images, reading material and news text will be retained and active with the case without a need for a power source.
A user’s app notification can also be received through the case without turning on the phone’s LCD screen. Also, it acts as a makeshift protective case that’s rather resistant to sweat and weather conditions. What sets this apart from the original is that it acts as a modular second screen that lets users access apps and other notifications on Android phones.
So what’s the tech behind this casing? Apart from being built with a high density aluminium alloy frame shell, it has a single-charged built-in 500 mAh Li-Ion battery. It also uses low-power Bluetooth technology to send information without eating up loads of battery life.
If you have US$89 to spare, you can pre-order the case before it retails for more than US$139 when it’s out in October this year.
Honestly, it’s hard to tell if this technology will wow the tech world; saving power is great and all, but people seem comfortable with portable power bricks at the moment. Still, stay tuned to e27 to hear what Oaxis Inc. has to say on the matter.