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Three things to know about popSlate

Three things to know about popSlate

E-paper isn’t new, but slapping a sheet of it on the back of your iPhone is, with popSlate confident not only that its case is the best around for Apple’s smartphone, but that it can build a social network around it. They’re ambitious plans, but enough to persuade crowdfunding backers to part with more than $200k two years ago. Still, there are some things to consider before you wallpaper your iPhone with E Ink.

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popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

The back of your iPhone is little more than an advert for Apple, so why not make it functional? As YotaPhone has demonstrated, there’s no shortage of things you can do when the back of your smartphone is a display as well, but tempting iPhone owners to cross the aisle to Android is a tough sell. Enter popSlate, a crowdfunded success story that embeds an E Ink screen into an iPhone case. It’s taken a little longer than planned to reach the market, so is it a case of too-little, too-late?

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Volvorii e-ink shoe is customizable via a smartphone

Volvorii e-ink shoe is customizable via a smartphone

Many guys are like me, we have one pair of sneakers, brown dress shoes, and black dress shoes. That is all we need. Most women have a plethora of shoes because they have to match every outfit they own. A new shoe has turned up on Indiegogo for women that will help you to whittle down the number of pairs you need to match all of your outfits.

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Faux-3D and stool samples: Ara’s modules get freaky

Faux-3D and stool samples: Ara’s modules get freaky

Much has been made of Project Ara's modularity, but what modules exactly could be snapped into the customizable phone? Google's developer event saw several early partners give some teasers as to what blocks might come to the market, spanning everything from task-specific cameras for 3D, optical zoom, and more, through to medical testing, and even alternative displays like e-paper, all in the name of doing much more than a regular smartphone could.

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YotaPhone 2 gets the teardown treatment at FCC

YotaPhone 2 gets the teardown treatment at FCC

The dual-screen e-ink toting YotaPhone has been one of the more interesting smartphones to enter our radars for the past two years. Happily, it is making its way to the US this time around. But, naturally, the YotaPhone 2 has to stop by the FCC first for certification. And quite surprisingly, the smartphone's filing has more information than FCC sightings usually yield, including some photos of the innards of the device, as well as the user manual that clues us in on how the smartphone's rather ingenious features are meant to work.

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E Ink Prism is the color-changing wall you’ve been wanting

E Ink Prism is the color-changing wall you’ve been wanting

When we thing electronic ink, we tend to think of black-and-white eReaders, meant to mimic books. In our haste, we’ve forgotten that ink is colorful, too. E Ink, a leader in electronic ink technology, is gently reminding us that ink can be beautiful, too. At CES, the company is unveiling Prism, a dynamic display that can be programmed to change colors, and utilizes unique materials. Though Prism is meant for architectural endeavors, we’d like to see it elsewhere, too.

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Jaasta E Ink Keyboard has customizable key tops

Jaasta E Ink Keyboard has customizable key tops

There is a lot to be said for a keyboard that is optimized with keys and special buttons for the specific app you are using. There are a few custom keyboards out there but most of us don’t want to have to swap an entire keyboard for a task. For a long time people have wanted a single keyboard with keys that can be customized to suit their needs.

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YotaPhone 2 first-impressions – Odd E Ink Allure

YotaPhone 2 first-impressions – Odd E Ink Allure

You have to give the team at Yota credit for not giving up on their dual-display smartphone dream. The original YotaPhone was a curious - but flawed - riff on the Android smartphone, a regular screen on one side and an E Ink panel on the back, let down by immature software and hardware. Now, with the YotaPhone 2, the company believes both concept and product are ready for the mass market. I’ve been trying the new smartphone out this week ahead of sales kicking off today, and it’s clear there certainly are advantages over opting for more screens, rather than just bigger ones. Read on for some first-impressions.

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YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

Russian company Yota has finally taken off the veils from the second generation YotaPhone in two consecutive events in Moscow and London. The YotaPhone 2, one of the brighter stars in this year's CES and MWC expos, gives more class and more power to an already appealing concept. Aside from having a second screen driven entirely by e-ink technology, YotaPhone adds touch to that display, giving users practically two touch screens, switching between the two as the need arises and conserving power along the way.

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Sony’s e-paper FES Watch was hiding in plain sight

Sony’s e-paper FES Watch was hiding in plain sight

Sony's e-paper watch plan rumors sounded mysterious when they surfaced recently, but it turns out we'd actually seen the face-changing, power-sipping timepiece before, only under a different name. In fact, the distinctive timepiece - which uses e-paper not only for the watchface itself, but around the strap itself - was quietly launched on a crowdfunding site as the Fashion Entertainments FES Watch, a brand which Sony has now confirmed was set up by the skunkworks team at the company looking into the broader practical applications of screens more commonly found on e-readers like the Kindle.

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