Your iPhone 6 will soon have an e-ink display that automatically changes images thanks to this popSLATE case

Your iPhone 6 will soon have an e-ink display that automatically changes images thanks to this popSLATE case
Since we check our smartphones way more often than we probably should, battery life is usually not as great as we'd wish. Russian phone maker Yota is trying to solve this with the YotaPhone, which sports both a regular screen, and an e-ink one that can display various information without the need to turn on the power-hungry regular screen. If you own an iPhone, though, you really have to turn its screen on each time you want to check out something. Well, a company called popSLATE thinks it can help with this issue.

Meet the popSLATE case: a protective case with a built-in 4-inch, shatter proof e-ink screen that acts as an always-on display. Made for the latest iPhone models, the popSLATE case places its e-ink screen on the back of your iPhone, allowing you to customize it with any screenshot, map, or photograph that you like (via Bluetooth). Images are displayed in grayscale, and won't change automatically: you have to do it manually via a dedicated app, or with a dedicated button found on the side of the case, which lets you swap between the last 8 images.

The popSLATE case has a 240 mAh battery of its own (which lasts up to 7 days), and can be recharged via microUSB. Available to buy since January, the popSLATE case is currently pretty limited in functionality. However, in the future, possibly starting the coming months, popSLATE will add features to the case, including the ability to automatically display images and information based on your location, or on the time of the day.

Interestingly, popSLATE first showed off this unique case back in 2012, when the company started an Indiegogo campaign to fund its launch.

Right now, the popSLATE case for iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 5 costs $129, and it looks like it can be shipped almost anywhere in the world (check out the popSLATE website at the first source link below). Would you buy one?


sources: popSLATE, The Verge

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10 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

thats pretty much ultra power saving mode on the s6, just at the back.

2. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

I mean, not at all, but OK. Grayscale =/= e-ink

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Still, an e-ink display should take less power than an Amoled screen on that mode

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Except this thing runs off of its own battery so its actually better than ultra power saving mode

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Pretty cool concept.

7. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It would be cool to implement this on many phones, show notifications and be able to reply.

9. cncrim

Posts: 1589; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Great idea..

10. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Is there something similar for iPad? I want to make my iPad air the a regular reading device, instead of spending money for ebook reader or amazon kindle

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The Kindle is such a great buy tho. Cheap and a battery life that lasts for weeks

12. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Perhaps someone can OEM this into the screen (as another thin layer). As such it would serve as the default screen (or the idle time screen); resorting to the full color layer only when needed (or in idle mode). Now yer cookin'!

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