EDIT: Vivoactive HR uses a Transreflective LCD actually. This web site explains very well how it works:
Also: Thanks for Redis!
Sometimes it's the interface rather than the eink. The one in the article is a serial SPI interface. If the interface is parallel, instead it can be 8x, 16x, etc. faster
2012 era Nook eink reader playing a game with hacked refresh:
The tech can do better, but as I've heard it told, the market for it has been eink readers. Who needs to refresh their book at 120hz? is the thinking. Folks that want to game or have a "retina" resolution buy a tablet proper.
Upping refresh has steep power costs too. Ereader marketers like their "recharge once every 6-8 weeks!" message.
Personally, I'd love to read most web-pages on an e-ink display, due to the high contrast, minimal power usage, and great readability even in direct light. I don't care hugely about usability for dynamic content, but I'd want fast scrolling with no update artifacts.
Related question: what's the state of color e-ink displays? Seems like it should be possible to produce a bi-stable display with a little bit of color depth, even if just through filters and dithering.
They demonstrated true color in 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2V9iuTW3sA I would guess another 3 to 4 years to consumer availability.
(Also, some searching suggests that it's "tens of thousands of colors" rather than true color, but that's still a major improvement, and more than enough for the majority of the web sans photographs.)
My meaning by true color was color achieved through actual pigment pixels versus older E-Ink products like triton that achieved color through LCD-like RGB color filters on top of reflective/non-reflective pixels. The difference between the two is quite stark.
However in outdoor conditions (e.g. at the beach or a park) I still haven't seen any iPad or Samsung display as pleasing as my old mirasol display without backlight. If someone released a new mirasol display ereader today, I would buy it in a heartbeat
Disclaimer: resin.io founder, we're so happy you chose resin for this awesome project ;)
Also to everybody reading this: I'd respond to the other comments but hacker news doesn't let me ("you're submitting too fast" even though I didn't write anything since half an hour or so)
That combined with a small keyboard and a phone for a hotspot would be awesome, I'd love to be able to sit in a park and code in the summer...
 7.4" for $122, they sell a 10" for $300 http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/SW074AS182/SW074AS1...
Recent relevant HN thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13863046
I have one, seems well built, it's just been sitting in a box until I come up with a good use for it.
No integrated purchase though.
(apologies for hijacking the comment!)
Anyways, here's my response to walrus01:
The Mac 128k is a different model, check out the floppy slot!
3 years ago you committed the offence of punning on HN, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5144413
e-mail the mods at firstname.lastname@example.org
It wasn't internal but it was made for the Plus.
It was an odd beast that connected to the external floppy connector.
I didn't understand walrus01's comment to mean an external, rather than internal, hard drive.
* I mean, not a prototype in a galaxy far away
(A friend of mine is about to order this, i've seen it, it's as awesome as you'd imagine)
/E I'm serious though, it is hard to tell how large it is from the pics
But yeah, after this post some nice folks showed me how a <2mm wall can be achieved without slaughtering bricks (special wall pieces, mounted sideways to allow for the left side of the display's board to disappear in in the Mac's frame).
Also can the floppy slot be used for the microSD card?
I think there others too
and catastrophe*. Not OP but I just have to
Is the Pi actually running Mac OS or is it just a static image?
Would anyone else chose a different software solution rather than Docker with resin.io? I love working on projects like this but I've stayed away from Docker so far. Docker plus a third-party service to manage it seems like it could be overkill, but it obviously got the job done.
It's like how you don't need to provision hardware with Heroku. You just git push. And it works.