What Amazon Kindle? Right here’s an Open Supply eBook Reader

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On the subject of an eBook reader, the alternatives are restricted. The market is dominated by Amazon’s proprietary Kindle together with a couple of different choices like Kobo, Nook and Onyx.

An fascinating information for open supply lovers is {that a} developer, Joey Castillo, is engaged on creating an open supply eBook reader appropriately named Open E book.

Open E book: An open supply eBook reader

The Open E book goals to be a easy ‘open’ system that “anybody with a soldering iron can construct for themselves”.

It’s hackable so in case you are into DIY stuff and you’ve got some information, chances are you’ll tweak it to your liking. For instance, Joey used TensorFlow Lite to provide voice instructions for flipping the pages on Open E book. You are able to do issues like this by yourself on this open {hardware} system.

If that sort of scares you as a result of you aren’t actually into tinkering with {hardware}, I’ve a excellent news for you. Open E book was named winner of Hackaday’s Take Flight with Feather contest!

Because of this when the {hardware} is prepared, you need to have the ability to buy it from DigiKey. It’s best to have the ability to match the system as an eBook reader or experiment with it, in the event you really feel like doing it.

It sort of jogs my memory of Sport Shell, a single board laptop primarily based retro gaming console that might be tinkered into many different issues.

Open E book specs

There are two variations of Open E book: Open E book Feather and E-E book Feather Wing. The eBook wing does lower than the Open E book Feather, primarily as a result of it’s restricted to utilizing solely the pins obtainable through the Feather header.

You could guess from the title that the undertaking makes use of Adafruit’s Feather growth boards.

Listed here are the primary specs for the Open E book (each variations):

4.2 inch, 400 x 300 pixel ePaper displaySAMD51 ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit processor7 buttons for navigation (directional pad, choose button and web page flip buttons)standing LED lightsA microSD card readerHeadphone jack

The show appears a bit small, isn’t it?

Open E book launch, pricing and availability

Open E book is the winner of Take Flight with Feather competitors by Hackaday. Because of this at the very least 100 Open E book boards will probably be manufactured and made obtainable for buy.

Liliputing famous that Adafruit will probably be dealing with the manufacturing, and Digi-Key will ultimately be promoting Open E book boards.

At this level, it’s not clear how a lot will it price and precisely when will probably be obtainable.

Do not forget that it’s an open supply undertaking. You’ll find all of the circuit designs, supply code on its GitHub web page and you probably have the talents, get the required {hardware} elements and construct an Open E book by yourself.

In any other case, look ahead to a few months (hopefully) for the discharge of the Open E book boards after which go about experimenting with the system.

In case you just like the undertaking and wish to assist it, you may assist Joey on Pateron. You possibly can observe the updates on the Open E book on the Patreon web page, Joey’s mailing listing or Joey’s Twitter account.

Do you assume the undertaking has potential? Would you purchase one when it’s obtainable? What do you consider it?

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