Hoping the ReMarkable will be simple enough hack that I could hook it up to my own cloud and use it as a terminal device. Would be nice to sketch lemmas in my handwriting and have a gesture recognition system pick it up and run it past a theorem prover, get back results. etc.
I'm awaiting the arrival of e-ink displays on laptops.
However, I do hope that the new version will succeed, I love reading on eink screens and I truly wish I had a decent, high resolution / DPI, fast refreshing eink display that would take DisplayPort and 'just work'.
I agree, it quickly became a gimmick, and such has been face down on a counter top since I got it.
It is slow, it seems to use more CPU, and the stand that came with it is a joke. At least they had VESA mounts on it, that kept me interested another week.
One problem is that it gets this greasy look after an hour or so and you have to manually interact with it to clear it up with the buttons.
It would be nice to use an existing display cable, HDMI, DP, whatever, and plug it in without a further thought. Let the GPU shuffle the bits around the wire.
E-Ink is a neat technology, but it still costs far too much per unit area compared to competing technologies. That's why big E-Ink displays are so rare.
Early LCDs had similar problems with pixels getting stuck and dying, from the data sheets which are available (they are quite old) for eInk displays their life span simply cannot coexist with a PC UI interface.
Even if the life span improved I'm guessing these guys had to optimize a lot of things including adding a scaled and a composer that would only refresh the pixels that absolutely must be refreshed in order to get any reasonable lifespan from these.
And I'm still not sure these would last anywhere near the time frame one would expect from a 1000$+ monitor with daily use.
I'd have to find the old videos with Mary-Lou Jepsen, but before they went out of business it was around when the iPad retina came out and they were focusing on retina screens. As far as the screen itself, while it seemingly had some trans reflective properties it was also doing it on a TN, not IPS, panel, so it had that problem where holding it vertically would introduce that odd gradient across the screen.
Today I'm more curious about clearink which showed up out of nowhere at the society for information display conference this year with a new outdoor readable technology: https://youtu.be/9aEYT79-vuo
That said, it wasn't the thing that killed the Adam - that was the weird approach to PR combined with lack of delivery on device-specific software.
I dunno, maybe you could hit up Toshiba and ask them why they stopped putting transreflective screens on their laptops as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXO7u6bzVGQ
These cells are also responsible for light aversion, at least in animal models, eg: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23078956 , so it could theoretically make a difference to eye strain, especially at high brightness levels.
However, if you read the e-ink under fluorescent or LED based lighting it's probably going to have a similar peaked spectrum to the LCD screen and there will be no difference if the brightness and color temperature is the same.
the price tag seems to be $1300
How does E-Ink compare to LCD in temperature range?
I cannot wait for the day when large e-ink displays are cheap, or as cheap as normal screens, and have faster refresh rates.
E Ink announces a full color electrophoretic ePaper display | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11766073
https://GetRemarkable.com $480 pre-order | https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13113819
(There are a number of other 8.5"x11" eink PDF readers out there.)
I bought one used in university and would use it for reading PDFs. Really slow refresh rate, but who cares if you're just reading big pages?
I'd settle for cheap; I'd really like it as a second screen for mostly static documents, even if it can't have the refresh rate to be a primary display.
Well no light of any type really. If your room light source has blue light then you get blue light. The difference here is that you normally can't adjust the colour balance of your room light. You usually can dim down the blue light on a light emitting display.
I'd love to be able to attach a tmux session on my Kobo Glo HD and write with a bluetooth keyboard outside in the summer.
The refresh rate is pretty low though, even for a text based terminal, I suspect interactive use would suffer.
Lack of flicker? True of any non-PWMed monitor.
Reduced brightness or contrast? Conventional displays can be turned down to match e-ink.
Lack of subpixels? High DPI displays make subpixels invisible under normal circumstances.
Smoother spectrum white? I doubt this makes a difference, but it's not completely implausible, because the eye does have some chromatic aberration. But greyscale LCDs are available.
Lack of polarization? Polarization is visible (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haidinger's_brush ), but it's a very minor effect. It seems unlikely that something so difficult to see could cause eye strain. OLED displays don't show this effect.