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popSLATE is an E-Ink screen on the back of your smart phone case. That means it's low-power, always-on and totally customizable.
pop slate
San Francisco, California
United States
3 Team Members

stretch goal



You asked, we’ve answered.  You wanted greater integration,  so here you go: we are rolling out an exciting popSLATE roadmap, matching stretch goals and great new perks.  We’ve got 30 days, so let’s make this happen!


Press Coverage

WIRED: E Ink Case Turns the Back of Your Phone Into A Second Screen

CNET: PopSlate case adds second screen to iPhone 5

Engadget- Japan: iPhone 5 にE Ink 背面ディスプレイを追加する popSLATE ケース (動画) - Engadget

Daily Mail, UK: Revolutionary new case turns the back of your iPhone into a second screen

GQ: Popslate保护套_GQ男士网

Mashable: popSLATE Case Gives iPhone 5 a Second E-ink Screen

Engadget: popSLATE launches iPhone 5 case with four-inch E Ink screen

GIGAOM: popSLATE case add e-ink screen to the back of your iPhone

Gadgetsteria: Popslate iPhone Case Puts Rear Of Phone To Use With 4-Inch E-Ink Display

Slashgear: popSLATE iPhone 5 case comes with separate e-ink display

Ubergizmo: The popSLATE iPhone case adds a secondary e-ink display at the back

Neuerdings: Schwarz-weiß-Display für das iPhone

Design Envy: The Second Screen: popSLATE



The Second Screen Experience for your iPhone 5

popSLATE is an E-Ink screen in an iPhone 5 case.  That means it’s low-power, always-on, super-readable in direct sunlight, and totally customizable.  It’s a blank slate you can populate with the images you love. Now you can express yourself to the world, share cool stuff with friends, and always have your favorite app functionality at a glance.


Express Yourself




Camera to Pop

You can Pop just about anything to the back of your phone.  Snap a picture.  Grab images on the Web. Take iPhone screenshots.  Plug in to your other photo sharing platforms, like Instagram.  Receive pictures from friends.  You can Pop ‘em one by one, or quickly set up a slideshow.


Always-On Productivity



Don’t you hate it when your iPhone screen keeps turning off when you need to view something every few moments?  Or, you’re in a meeting and need something important from your iPhone, but you just can’t get away with looking at it on the sly? 

Since the popSLATE screen is ultra-low-power, it is always on.  This opens up a bunch of possibilities.  Urgent notifications, sports scores, maps, notes, calendar, talking points—you name it—will now be available at a glance. 

Micro E-Reader

Kindle? iPhone?  Who wants to carry both?  Get a popSLATE instead.  The E Ink screen is readable even in the brightest sunlight.  Try doing that with your glossy LCD screen.

Open API

We will be developing an API to let you build always-on applications. With popSLATE you will be able to create entirely new ways for people to interact with the phone.


Share With Friends


With the Popslate app, you can manage your digital image library, pass along cool things for your friends to Pop, and plug in to your other photo sharing platforms, like Instagram. 


How It All Works 

The popSLATE case includes the latest, ruggedized, E-Ink screen, so it protects your iPhone just like any ‘dumb’ case. In fact the screen is nearly indestructible.

The screen only uses power when the image changes so it sips negligible power from the phone. We use the lightning connector for both power and data exchange.  For shortcut navigation, we’re also integrating a tactile interface based upon the phone’s accelerometer. Double tap the back of your phone to cycle through images or accept Pops from your friends.

Then there’s popSLATE app on the iPhone side.  You can take pictures with the camera, browse the image gallery, manage your library, connect with other users, send/receive images and messages, and Pop what you want, when you want it.



Screen:  Ruggedized, 4” diagonal E-Ink screen

Case dimensions:  5.35'' x 2.56'' x 0.54''

Weight:  <75 grams

Case Color:  Black or White

Compatibility:  iPhone 5


Who We Are

We have been working for years creating mobile-social solutions that bring people together to accomplish cool things. In a different start-up, we helped pioneer digital medicine, delivering a system packed with smartphone-connected sensors and social tools, to help people manage their own health and wellbeing.  We have recruited a world-class team of hardware engineers, software developers and designers who have developed many connected consumer devices for the iPhone. We have dozens of patents and many years of start-up experience conceiving of and developing innovative products.  


How We’ll Use the Funds

We’ve prototyped Pop'ing images from an iPhone to an E-Ink screen. We have strong support from E-Ink and are working closely with them to integrate their newest display technology for our ultra-thin, ruggedized screen.

With your help, we’ll refine our design and transfer it to manufacturing, add new features to the app, and buy materials to start making product.  We’ve built complex mobile systems before and know what it takes to get it done.

Please help launch popSLATE.


Launch Journey 

Check out the graphic of the first week of launch. We would like to thank our supporters from all over the world.

Launch Graphic


How often can I change images on the popSLATE?

You can changes images anytime, anywhere. popSLATE is totally customizable so its up to you.


Where do I specify the color I want?

Please leave a comment with your color choice. By default, the case will be white.


How will popSLATE affect my battery life?

We are using the latest E-ink display technology and popSLATE only uses power when images change. That means a static image display draws nearly no power and can be displayed for a week. popSLATE will not affect your phone’s battery life.


Will the screen break if I drop my phone?

The popSLATE screen is made on a plastic substrate and laminated. It’s nearly indestructible.


How do I charge my phone with popSLATE?

There is a micro-USB charging port on your popSLATE that passes charge through to your phone so you don't have to take the cover off.


Does the popSLATE app integrate with other picture platforms?

We will initially be integrating with Instagram and over time will integrate with others as well.


Can I display color images?

The current version of popSLATE supports black and white images. There are some color technologies in the works and we hope to add color screens in early 2014.


Can I still access the headphone jack on the bottom of my phone?

There is a cut-out for the headphone jack so you will have no problems using the port.


How can I help make popSLATE even cooler?

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us all about your great ideas. We are also developing API’s so the community can build always-on applications and make popSLATE even more amazing. 


I want to get my hands on the API, how can I do that?

If you are a developer and interested in building apps using our API's, leave us a note in the comment section and we will sign you up in our developer community. We would love to hear how you would use popSLATE so comment/tweet/or email us.


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  • $5USD
    Supporter of the Pop

    Help us out and be on the contributor-only update email list. You will get exclusive information about development, new features and availability.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2012
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