PopSLATE cover adds additional eInk Display to your iPhone

PopSLITE is a project on Indiegogo.com that collects crowd funds in order to design a second eInk screen cover for your iPhone. According to the fact that eInk displays need much less energy that traditional LCD type screens, this cover is a cool idea for consuming ebooks and reading material. eInk screen also offer perfect contrast in direct sunlight without the glean effect. Since the popSLATE screen is ultra-low-power, it is always on. This opens up a bunch of new application possibilities, such as urgent notifications, sports scores, maps, notes, calendar, talking points—you name it—will now be available at a glance.
I especially love the idea of constantly showing a street map on the back of your phone.

Txtr Beagle – External eInk Smartphone Display/Reader for 10 Euro

Txtr, one of the leading European ebook marketplaces, recently announced txtrbeagle a low end external eInk reading device. By offering no cable connection, no WLAN and only Bluetooth to connect to a specific Smartphone-App that converts and transmits books in raw image format, the txtrbeagle dispenses a powerful CPU as well as power consumpting multimedia features. This low energy strategy allows extremly long periods of operation with just two AAA batteries and a price around 10 Euro. txtrbeagle offers a resolution of 800×600 and an internal 4GB storage, which is enough for storing 5 books in raw image format. According to it’s extreme low price as well as it’s easy connectability to smartphones, several companies already announced ideas to use txtrbeagle as external eInk display for various application scenarios.

About The Future Of Ebooks

Watch a recent TechCrunch TV Interview With McGraw-Hill Higher Education President, Brian Kibby about the future of Ebooks. It gives some interesting insight view of the strategy one of the largest text book publishers concerning the offer of Ebooks.

Kibby who has worked in textbooks for most of his career and as the group president, he has seen the movement from “dead tree” to augmented learning experience that purports to connect the net with the standard learning experience. However, new technologies are placing McGraw-Hill – and a number of educational competitors – on a path towards completely bookless learning. This reduces costs on the one hand and improves retention on the other. It is, in short, a win-win… if it works.

In this interview Kibby talks about the future of ebooks, the current status of ereading.

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