E-ink-Equipped InkCase Plus Clears the FCC, Ships This Month

E-ink-Equipped InkCase Plus Clears the FCC, Ships This Month E-ink e-Reading Hardware Geek Gear Gajah's E-ink case for smartphones cleared one last hurdle this week when it showed up on the FCC website.

The InkCase Plus is designed to be a universal smartphone case which adds a secondary E-ink screen to almost any smartphone. Launched as part of an incredibly successful KickStarter campaign in July 2014, this smartphone accessory is scheduled to ship to backers in October and hit store shelves.

I can't tell you where you're going to be able to buy one online, but I can report that the InkCase Plus appears to be on schedule to ship. It appeared on the FCC website this week, clearing the last regulatory hurdle required to ship in the US.

E-ink-Equipped InkCase Plus Clears the FCC, Ships This Month E-ink e-Reading Hardware Geek Gear

The InkCase Plus is basically a subcompact ereader with a 3.5" E-ink screen which is designed to pair with smartphones over Bluetooth. It has a truly minimalist design which lacks a frontlight, touchscreen, or Wifi, but what it's missing in hardware it makes for in versatility.

Gajah has come up with a what I would call a universal smartphone case. They've developed a two-part smartphone case which enables uses to combine the ereader component of the InkCase Plus with a case built for single smartphone model.

It works something like this (you can click on the image to see an animated GIF, if you like):

E-ink-Equipped InkCase Plus Clears the FCC, Ships This Month E-ink e-Reading Hardware Geek Gear

Gajah is committed to producing cases for 10 of the more popular smartphone models owned by the KickStarter backers, including 4 Samsung models (more details here).

They're also going to make a couple one size fits most cases. The smaller model will be sized to fit smartphones with screens between 4.3" and 5.2", while the larger unit is intended to work with screens between 5.3" and 6". They released a few photos of the sample:

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early sample of the InkCase Plus back in July. I didn't get a case with it, but that didn't get in the way of pairing the Plus with a tablet and putting it through its paces.

It was intended to work as a secondary screen, and it required an app running on your Android device to send over each screenful of data (I'm told this will change in in the production unit, which will be able to work as a standalone ereader).

Thanks to the very sharp (360 x 600) screen even small fonts were quite readable, and I also noted that the companion app and the Sports app also worked smoothly.

I'm looking forward to my unit arriving later this month. I was one of the backers, but I didn't quite get in fast enough. Even though I joined the campaign when it was only a few hours old, I missed out on the $79 early adopter package, and instead invested $99.

In any case, I can't wait to see it.

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

9 Comments

  1. Deborah piper3 October, 2014

    How can I ordef a charger plug

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder3 October, 2014

      A plug for this device?

      It will probably work with any generic charger. I’d check radio shack.

      Reply
  2. acyawn3 October, 2014

    Is there any indication of UK / Europe release?

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder3 October, 2014

      The KS campaign was open to UK/Europe, although there were additional shipping charges. I don’t know if Gajah has a retail partner lined up, though.

      Reply
      1. acyawn3 October, 2014

        Thanks – have to keep an eye out – sounds cool!

        Reply
        1. Bella25 November, 2014

          Hi, InkCase Plus is open to pre-order on First Grabber now. You may want to check this out!

          Reply
  3. […] also plan to make a couple one-size-fits-most cases (the smaller model will be sized to fit smartphones with screens between 4.3″ and 5.2″, […]

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  4. […] photos shared by the developer (here) suggest that the case is supposed to have a sticky spot where you would place your smartphone. It […]

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