Let’s make it happen.
The talent and knowledge to make an e-ink laptop exists; it’s here; we can do it right now if we wanted to.
I agree with all of your points.
To reach that goal, I think some visibility and publicity would have to occur. I recently made a post titled “Building an E-Ink Laptop,” where I’m documenting the steps I’m taking to build an e-ink laptop, which generated a lot of interest. The past few days, I’ve had the good fortune and privilege to talk to many people working on amazing projects related to e-ink, and I have learned a lot and have shared my thoughts and discoveries.
One of the barriers to entry when working with e-ink panels of larger sizes is the price. One idea I had around this was creating the: “eI-2030: The Community Built E-Ink Laptop Project”, where community members pool resources and knowledge to build an e-ink laptop.
The laptop and panels travel to different people, they can hack and play around with it for some time, and they ship it to the following community member so we can test ideas out and reduce the cost of entry to people. The process of building an E-Ink laptop will be documented in a blog, a YouTube channel, and Livestream, allowing more people to access E-ink, learn, iterate, generate interest, increase visibility and benefit everyone.
Possible next steps:
To share on social media and places where e-ink conversations are happening, to start conversation on this project and find people who are interested in contributing.
Creating topics in the forum to focus the conversation, with framing/context of a community built e-ink laptop :
Community members share their idea of a community-built e-ink laptop and provide a template for folks to provide a high-level or technical overview/breakdown of the computer, and community members vote.
Brainstorm what the process would look like to build a community e-ink laptop, setting expectations/intentions and norms.
E-ink laptops or projects in the wild were found and linked here, or latest trends, research on it.
Pooling our resources and knowledge: People share and volunteer, lend their resources/knowledge to create an e-ink laptop.
Create a list of community members where the e-ink laptop travels and some form of setup to document Livestream the whole thing.
Create a plan or queue of community members who want to work on the computer and figure out the best way for it to travel and who it will get delivered to, and keep track of it all.
And to throw my hat in the ring, I’ll loan my disassembled Dasung HD-FT to the “eI-2030: The Community Built E-Ink Laptop Project.”
eI-2030 community, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts, suggestions, questions, or if you would like to collaborate.