What: PopSlate, iPhone 5 case with a customizable e-ink display
Who: Greg Moon and Yasha Behzadi of PopSlate
Why: A desire to create “mobile-social solutions that bring people together to accomplish cool things” while maximizing “highly visible, unclaimed real-estate” on the back of an iPhone
How much: $129
The PopSlate iPhone 5 case started out as a “That's totally cool” thought, evolved into an innovative gadget and then became a reality via crowdfunding site Indigogo. Initially intended for pictures, essentially a customizable iPhone case, the potential quickly expanded to include books, maps, notes, sports alerts, photo-sharing and more. You can literally “pop” just about anything to the back of your phone.
The seemingly simple case has a four-inch, durable e-ink screen that uses the same low-power, no-glare technology as an Amazon Kindle e-reader. The PopSlate borrows power – not even enough to affect the smartphone's battery life – from the lightning connector to change the screen and enable sensors and connectivity. The iPhone's accelerometer detects taps associated with the PopSlate's app, whose API has been opened to app developers, allowing for even greater potential.
After its stint on Indiegogo last year, the PopSlate earned $219,536 of its $150,000 goal, with funders earning shout-outs, T-shirts and even PopSlates. The case is currently on preorder, and according to iTWire.com, it will be available in October.
- Ruggedized 4-inch e-ink screen
- Dimensions: 5.35” x 2.56” x 0.54”
- Weight: Less than 3 ounces
- Comes in black or white
- Compatible with Apple iPhone 5
- API open for app developers