The Fragmentation of The Eink Community
Hey there, I would like to write about the status quo of the eink community. Eink has been around for around 10 years and there hasn’t been too much progress /innovation been made for the past years. Color Eink just came recently and there are only a few players who managed to develop a decent refresh rate on their hardware (e.g. Dasung). Lots of projects still seem to be in “beta-mode”.
One of the factors is that most of the controllers/hardware has to be developed separatley by each company / project. That’s why even well equiped companies like Remarkable/Onyx have sometimes a very bad refresh rate. There is also very little open-source and info in general available.
In addition there are many different projects but all of them work in a very siloed approach. Many projects are lead by 1-2 developers and they have to do everything from scratch. Not even mentioning the sometimes bad support from Eink Holdings itself. Many projects end up giving up or just pausing their development indefintley.
We want to create a community around Eink enthusiasts and also other paperlike technologies (e.g. rlcd, rtft, memory lcd, etc.) to accelerate the innovation in this field. We want to connect developers/hackers/thinkerers and enthusiasts and help them to make their projects become a reality. This should be a place to share ideas, find like-minded individuals and also ultimatley help paperlike technologies succeed. We want this to become a hub of innovation where all hackers around the world come together and jam about new paperlike technologies and make them a reality.
We want also to create a place for people to post their ideas, discuss them and also eventually spin off in a team and start building them (e.g. eink os, eink hardware drivers, eink devices, eink software, etc.). The ethos of this forum should be very pragmatic. If you are convinced that eink has some technological flaws from the very beginning and believe in some alternative technology, go ahead! Explain us why you are making your point and find other community members to follow you on your journey. This is the ulitmate place to make innovation happen.
So please feel free to join our community and help us to make eink (or other paperlike tech) go mainstream. Your EI-2030 team.