The popSLATE case will bring a second screen to your iPhone 5, we hope to see an Android version

by: Robert NelsonNovember 30, 2012

A rather interesting iPhone 5 case has recently surfaced on indiegogo. And keeping in mind, this case is still in the development stage and that it currently is being aimed only at the iPhone — we still encourage you to read on because it actually seems rather interesting. In other words, we are hoping to see this case, or something similar launch for some Android handsets.

That said, the case is called popSLATE, and the words that make up the name will make a bit more sense once you realize what this case has and what it can do. For starters, aside from being a case, the popSLATE has a 4-inch E-ink display on the backside. Hence the slate.

In short, this is a case that adds a second display to your phone. And for those worrying, given this is E-ink, it should use very little of your already precious battery life. The display can be used for a wide variety of things and according to details provided, you can “pop just about anything to the back of your phone.” Hence the pop.

Some of the uses cases include pictures, notifications, maps, calendar items and even a list of items, say, talking points for a speech or presentation. The case will work in conjunction with a popSLATE app running on your phone. You can even send things to friends that are also using the popSLATE app and case. Otherwise, the case will add some weight and size to your phone. In this case it will be about 75 grams and measurements of 5.35 x 2.56 x 0.54 inches.

All said and done, we are not sure how many people actually want something like this, however this indiegogo campaign still has 47 days remaining and has already reached just over $67,000 towards their goal of $150,000. So how about it, anyone want something like this for their Android handset, maybe a Galaxy S3 or a Galaxy Note 2?

  • Joshua Effrece

    waste of money

    • Kurt Andersen

      Are you just annoyed because the article contains something for the iPhone 5? I’m sure that’s the reason why you commented that.

      • Chirstain

        I’m sure that by “waste of money” they were referring to both the iPhone 5 and the case. Also, are you just annoyed that a large percentage of the world finally realizes just how shitty the iPhone truly is? realizes

        • Kurt Andersen

          Just because you feel that something doesn’t mean that the other one is “shitty”.

  • select

    For phones, I don’t see this as being all that useful. For tablets, however, this would be phenomenal. That would bridge the gap between lcd tables and e-ink readers, eliminating the need to have both for those of us that greatly prefer reading books etc in e-ink.

  • G Davis

    If the screen covered more area on the back, I think I would like it. Eventually get into colour ones and then you could do things like have a new skin for your phone daily.
    I think it is a very neat idea

  • Joshhud

    yeah great idea for tabs like the nexus 7 and kindle fire.. if you could put books on there it would make outside reading much easier.

  • matanga

    For my galaxy s3 i dont see any use since i always put my phone screen up for notifications… battery impact also concerns me

  • JP

    This feature will definitely come, but in the form of built-in power-saving secondary screens rather than extra cases provided by some third-party. In fact I’m surprised it is not available yet – no one needs 16M colors in HD for calling or texting, it is just a waste of battery.

  • Liryc

    Bonne idée mais pas de suite !!??