This Case Turns the Back of Your iPhone Into an Electronic Display

Have you ever looked at the back of your smartphone and wished all of that wasted space could be used for more screen real estate? A company called popSLATE attempted to make that dream a reality a few years ago with the first version of its electronic ink phone cases. According to WIRED, the team at popSLATE is back with a new-and-improved successor to the innovative design, and they are once again relying on crowdsourcing to bring it to the world. 

popSLATE2 uses an electronic ink display similar to those found in E-readers. The screen is just as big as those on your iPhone 6, 6+, 6S, or 6S+, and it will deliver alerts, the time, and other information so that you don't have to flip your device over or unlock it while you work. In his overview of the product based on the information provided, Brian Barrett of WIRED praised popSLATE for advertised improvements to the less-than-perfect original case. Barrett said that issues with the first popSLATE made it "difficult to justify as an everyday case. It charged with a different cable than the iPhone 6 it was designed to fit, and at launch only displayed still images pushed from an app on the front of the phone." With the direct changes made in those regards, as well as other features outlined on IndieGoGo (customizable dashboards, auto updating newsfeeds, real-time smart alerts, etc.), Barrett says that the popSLATE2 qualifies as "an evolution, not merely refinement."

With three weeks still left on the clock, popSLATE2 has raised more than $540,000 on IndieGoGo, more than five times its initial goal. There is still time to pledge to the campaign to score your device, which has an estimated delivery date of July. Check out the introduction film above and head to IndieGoGo to get in on the action.

[h/t WIRED

Afternoon Map
The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.


More from mental floss studios