Got an idea for a mobile device with an E-ink screen
custom ebook reader and a few hundred dollars to spare? Then you should check out Visionect. This Slovenian startup is now showing off a thin client development kit based around an epaper screen.
Update: I’ve gotten an email from Visionect and it appears I misunderstood their product. It’s not intended to be used to develop a stand-along device. Instead the screen unit has always been intended to work as a thin client and or wireless monitor.
While there are numerous kits based on smaller E-ink screens, this the first readily available kit based on a 6″ screen. The Visionect kit, which reportedly costs €239, comes equipped with a 6″ E-ink screen (larger screen sizes are available) wrapped in a sturdy plastic shell. It has a capacitive touchscreen, Wifi, a g-sensor, but no frontlight. The CPU is a rather limited 120 MHz but
since this is development kit and not intended to be a prototype that shouldn’t be a problem. since this is intended to be a thin client solution, acting strictly as a wireless screen attached to a remote system, that should not be a problem.
So if you wanted to mock up a faux E-ink ebook reader from Apple just to mess with someone’s head, you could use this kit.
Visionect reports that they have worked
are working with Slovenia Telecom to develop an e-signage product for its stores. Other partners include ImagoTag, an Austrian firm working on epaper shelf tags, and Weimar, a maker of marine equipment. The Nautipad Display (pictured above and below) is based on Visionect’s platform.
This is the first time I have heard about the Nautipad Display, which is designed to work as a wireless display for the Nautipad Server.