New IndieGogo Project Wants to Fund a 6″ E-ink Monitor

e-ink minitorAre you in the market for a $99 6″ E-ink monitor?

If so then may I suggest that you go get a Nook Glow, hack it, and use it as a wireless monitor. At $99 it offers a frontlight and Android, so it’s not a bad deal.

But if you’re looking for a solution that requires less work and is also less convenient then you might be interested in a new IndieGogo project that E-Ink Info uncovered.

A Chinese startup is looking to raise $2,000 to fund an initial order for what they are calling the “world’s first E-ink computer monitor”. It isn’t the first, nor is this a good design. But if you have $99 to waste then this might interest you.

e-ink minitor

This so-called E-ink computer monitor is nothing more than a 6″ ereader which communicates with your PC over a USB cable. It’s available at a couple price points.

Both models run Linux and will work as a basic ereader with PDF and EPub support. In terms of hardware, the $99 has an HD E-ink screen (1024×758 resolution), frontlight, 4 GB of Flash storage, and a microSD card slot. There’s also a more basic device for $79, but it lacks the frontlight and it only has a regular Pearl E-ink screen (600×800 resolution).

20130817003511-complete_device[1]Both models have Wifi, but you won’t be able to use the Wifi to make the ereader into a wireless monitor. That would be cool, but unfortunately the developers configured the ereaders so they can only work as a monitor when plugged in via USB. That means that the ereader will only get as far away from your computer as the length of a USB cable, which will limit its usefulness.

So is this worth $99?

I don’t think so. If this were a wireless monitor, maybe. Or if this was a 10″ monitor, absolutely.  But as it stands I don’t think this is going to be terribly useful.

P.S. This is also not new. Here’s a video from April 2012 showing a Kindle DX hacked to serve the same purpose. And here’s a video from August 2012 showing a similar trick with a Kobo Touch. And here’s an even older video from February 2010 that shows a hacked 5″ ereader being used as a second monitor.

If you like, I could show you a half dozen other examples I found on Youtube, but i think I made my point.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Destination Infinity22 August, 2013

    I hope to see a 13″ color eInk monitor someday, so that I can throw this LCD monitor. Wait, break it into million pieces before I throw it, for complete satisfaction. C’mon Chinese, go for it 🙂

  2. chris swanner17 December, 2013

    SOL Computer makes the SOL Vision. It is a stand alone Pixel Qi external monitor that has a backlight on/off switch. It connects to any device, iPhone, iPad, computer, GoPro, tablet or video camera. It also acts as an e-ink monitor for people who have computer vision syndrome. It has rechargeable batteries and can last up to 20hrs.

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