many folks in the eink community are also very passionate about the cryptocurrency sector. It guess it’s in the nature of our values. Both eink users as well as crypto users are in their nature early adopters. There are many angles where you could combine the both. Especially I could see crypto as a lever to boost the eink R&D and development. Let’s start with a few ideas:
#1 Display Digital Art on an Eink Display
There is an emerging community in the crypto currency space around the crypto collectibles and NFT community. The market has seen exponential growth in the past months. There has even been one art collection sold for 800k USD. So if you are digital art owner, you eventually want to “show off” your art. I think there will be need for a product such as an eink frame where you can display your digital art collection and some sort of qr code or some other proof (e.g. eth name address) that you own that piece of art. Imagine what great conversation starter this would be, if you have such a picture frame hanging in your flat or office.
#2 Funding Eink Hardware Development with Crypto Currencies
There has been some attempts to fund open source hardware with cryptocurrencies. There was an 158mln USD Initial Coin Offering to fund the development of an open source blockchain based smartphone the Sirin phone. They where issuing their own digital currency. While this attempt mostly failed, therey could be another try maybe along the lines of eink hardware. However the token economics (if you want to issue an token) need to be engineered carefully and in such a way that it can accrue value.
#3 Creating an ecoystem around focussed and healthy hardware/software based on eink technologies
There has been a lot of hype around “distraction free phones” as well as discussions around the social dilemma where big tech spys on us. I think this angle around health, privacy and focus could start a totally new device category. We have seen first attempts:
The question now is, how do you jumpstart this new sort of ecoystem? And how do you integrate cryptocurrencies? Maybe you could have an open-source hardware device (e.g. notebook, phone) on which you build lots of “eink-friendly” software. It could jumpstart a new open source community. Eventually this would be owned and governed by everyone through a cryptocurrency. Software will cost some money in that specific currency. If you are using the system, you earn that currency as early adopter. There will be an alternative app store, if you want to list there you need to pay in that currency. I don’t know how this could exactly look like, but that’s something we need to figure out as an community.
However there will be a first transition phase where we would need to “translate” regular services such as Facebook, Gmail, Maps, etc. and make them friendly for our hardware/software at the first place to “convert” regular users. And make everything usable for them at the beginning. And then they start liking the new system so much that they don’t want to go back. The “iPhone-Moment” for eink so to speak.
#4 Smaller attempts
What are your thoughts/ideas around merging the cryptocurrency sector with eink technology?