It's a little rubber ball filled with a clear liquid and black and white pebbles. E-ink had them made so the balls could be used to demonstrate how an E-ink screen works.(Watch the first few minutes of this video and you'll understand why.) Each ball represents one capsule in an E-ink screen, and the white and black pebbles represent the pigment microcapsules that are used to make the screen white, gray, or black.
If you're having trouble picturing it, just think of it as a snowglobe.
One detail I didn't post was that E-ink sent me a case of the balls, not just the one ball. How would you like to win one in a contest?
I'm going to give away 8 balls in each of 2 contests. This first contest will be held on Twitter, and the second one will be held on Facebook. The Twitter contest will come first.
The rules for Twitter are simple.
- The contest will run for a week, and it is open to everyone in the world.
- You can enter the contest by tweeting about one of the the posts here on The Digital Reader.
- Be sure to include a link, and don't forget to mention my Twitter handle, (@ThDigitalReader), otherwise I might not notice.
- The winners will be chosen randomly one week from today.
- The balls will be shipped in a timely fashion via the postal service.