In relation to an eBook reader, the alternatives are restricted. The market is dominated by Amazon’s proprietary Kindle together with a number of different choices like Kobo, Nook and Onyx.
An attention-grabbing 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’ gadget that “anybody with a soldering iron can construct for themselves”.
It’s hackable so if you’re into DIY stuff and you’ve got some data, you might tweak it to your liking. For instance, Joey used TensorFlow Lite to offer voice instructions for flipping the pages on Open E book. You are able to do issues like this by yourself on this open hardware gadget.
If that form 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, it is best to be capable of buy it from DigiKey. You need to be capable of match the gadget as an eBook reader or experiment with it, for those who really feel like doing it.
It form of jogs my memory of Sport Shell, a single board laptop based mostly 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 out there by way of the Feather header.
It’s possible you’ll guess from the title that the venture makes use of Adafruit’s Feather growth boards.
Listed here are the principle specs for the Open E book (each variations):
four.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 least 100 Open E book boards might be manufactured and made out there for buy.
Liliputing famous that Adafruit might 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 value and precisely when it will likely be out there.
Do not forget that it’s an open supply venture. You could find all of the circuit designs, supply code on its GitHub web page and in case you have the talents, get the required hardware elements and construct an Open E book by yourself.
In any other case, watch for a few months (hopefully) for the discharge of the Open E book boards after which go about experimenting with the gadget.
When you just like the venture and need to assist it, you possibly can assist Joey on Pateron. You may observe the updates on the Open E book on the Patreon web page, Joey’s mailing listing or Joey’s Twitter account.
Do you suppose the venture has potential? Would you purchase one when it’s out there? What do you consider it?