E-Ink Clock, based on E-Reader Screen
For ages, ever since I first heard of such things, I have had a minor obsession with Electronic Paper or E-Ink.
And while searching about the internet today (Sunday, Oct 15, 2017) I came across an MIT Engineer's project to turn an E-Reader Screen into a clock.
"This is PERFECT!!", I wrote on his blog post. Because it was exactly what I was looking for. A large format clock that could be managed by a digital interface. Granted what I am hoping for in the long run is a Wireless connection so that the clock or device could be used for more than just the clock face that is shown.
My interest in these formats is that they can be changed easily and power cheaply. Like a Grandfather clock, the power was mechanical and cheap, requiring only that the clock be wound up again by hand every so often. It's not quite the same here, but then the utility is far more than just telling time.
I want a digital clock to be able to change faces and offer more than just the time, but also possibly the weather. But I want feedback too. With a Grandfather clock you'll never know if it's not working until you see that it is either out of winding or when winding it does nothing.
A wirelessly connected digital clock could give feedback to the user, like battery levels, hyper local weather info (maybe even visual info). But on output side, a digital, internet-connected clock could list an immense amount of information that can be updated every minute. The Time, the Date, the Weather, a News Headline, a Favorite Stock price, Times in other zones.... And with an adaptable screen the output can be reformatted to meet with other styles or formats.
In essence, it becomes an interactive device.
Thank you to Michael Kainer for building this device. I look forward to further development on the E-Ink Clock. Please check out his blog for more information on this device