OAXIS announces InkCase Lite, a smart-case with an e-ink display that fits all smartphones

Singapore's OAXIS announced the InkCase Lite (pictured). It's a smartphone case with a second e-ink display, which is fed data from the phone over Bluetooth. What makes this accessory truly special is that it isn't tailored to any specific models. The company has made this case fit every smartphone. 

This decision was made in response to customer demand after OAXIS unveiled the first generation of InkCase last summer. It was designed only for the iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 and Note 2, so owners of other phones expressed interest in the product as well. This pushed the company to brainstorm a one case that fits all. 

The InkCase Light's display side can be positioned relative to the front or back-side of the phone, as evident by the photo example featuring the case's previous generation.

While we aren't able to figure out the magic behind the fit-all versatility, we learned that users can send various types of content to the e-ink display using specialized apps. For example, EpiReader works for reading e-books or "engraving" the case with a favorite quote. InkCase Photo decorates the case with a photo on its display. And InkCase Sports turns the display into a sports timer.

These apps were developed for the previous generation of InkCase, but they will carry over to the present. OAXIS, however, will explore further options, such as an instant message reminder and ways to interact with discount coupons and QR codes. It has also opened the InkCase/Lite SDK for developers who wish to discover new possibilities.

OAXIS is yet to announce pricing and other details about the InkCase Lite. It won't be cheap, however. The InkCase i5 currently costs $149. Bigger photos of the InkCase Lite are yet to appear, but this gallery with the previous generation model should give a good impression of it.

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8 Comments

1. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

wooooow

2. SleepingOz unregistered

Really nice concept but way too bulky.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like the idea too, but I really wouldn't want to put this on my phone. It's just so big and looks weird with the buttons on the back too. I wonder how much it adds weight?

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

E-ink is incredibly energy efficient, right? So someone tell me why haven't companies figured out that they could use the space above or below the phone screen as an always-on thin e-ink bar displaying time and notifications? Like this. http://abload.de/img/frankfsz5x.png

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

+1 thats an amazing idea actually! Never thought about it. But maybe it's too hard to fit a that display into a small place which still need to have the front camera, some sensors, speaker etc. But maybe in the bottom bezel.

6. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

The space below and above screens is not just sitting there empty. That space is always occupied or we would have seen at least a few experiments from companies trying to eliminate that space to make phones smaller. Maybe they could find some space in a tablet or laptop-tablet hybrid but not on phones. Also, Nokia's glance screen is a pretty good feature and it consumes negligible battery if the screen is AMOLED.

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I honestly would have preferred a completely e-ink display (if possible, a Mirasol one would be nice), just for the fun of having a black & white display

7. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

So I don't have to buy a YotaPhone? ;)

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