Only days after the demise of Popslate comes the news of a similar project for the Moto Z smartphone.
The ElySiUM is a crowd-funded E-ink smartphone case with a strange obsession with security:
Want to read an ebook or browse the internet on the go without carrying an additional ebook reader? Simply click the ElySiUM Mod to your Moto Z and you receive an all-in-one sleek device. Read ebooks, write mails, and even play games in high contrast with the low energy E-Ink technology. With our so called end-to-display encryption technology ElySiUM provides a malware proof terminal anytime you must ad hoc read confidential documents or identify yourself using two-factor authentication.
The ElySiUM 's developers are calling it "end to display" encryption, and that has this blogger scratching his head.
While E2D is a real thing, I don't see why a smartphone owner would care about securing a secondary screen on their smartphone - surely they would encrypt their smartphone if security were that important.
And if security were important then wouldn't they buy a secure phone rather than the Moto Z?
The Moto Z has a 5.5" AMOLED screen and runs Android 6 Marshmallow on a quad-core Snapdragon 820 CPU with 4GB of RAM. With 13MP and 5MP cameras and a retail of $699, it's not a bad smartphone, but it also isn't secure, either.
As I said before, there's a lot about this campaign which makes no sense.
In any case, the ElySiUM is further along than the Popslate was when we first met it. ElySiUM's developers say that they already have the concept working on prototype hardware, and just need to finish the design and get it into production.
It is doubtful that they will pull that off, however.
The developers want to raise 300,000 euros in a fixed funding campaign. If they don't raise the full amount they won't get any of it, and with so little press coverage it is unlikely they will reach that goal.
Thanks, CyberGrimes, for the tip!