Author Topic: E ink hack + Wiimote hack = happiness  (Read 10186 times)

Offline davemacd

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on: August 13, 2008, 11:10:30 PM
Check out this Boing Boing article about electronic ink that will grace the cover of September's Esquire magazine.

http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/07/30/esquire-to-geeks-hac.html

An editor of the magazine said that it should be possible to hack the paper to make it do other things.  Imagine how cool it could be to combine this with something like a wiimote whiteboard project.  It may take a few weeks to figure out how to get this input to work, and it will definitely require some kind of microcontroller (not for the faint of heart) to interface with your computer.  Cool stuff, though, right?



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Reply #1 on: August 14, 2008, 11:00:32 AM
If this is true I'll have to preorder a magazine :D



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Reply #2 on: August 14, 2008, 01:27:44 PM
Yeay!

This must be a geeks dream.
I bet that a hack to this paper won't take long.

Guess my colleges overseas got themself a task for me :-)



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Reply #3 on: August 15, 2008, 03:24:30 AM
From other sources that I have read, it seems that Esquire are actually predicting, and even encouraging the edition to be hacked for other uses.... but then again, imagine how much extra money they will make from the standard customer!!


Chris



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Reply #4 on: August 15, 2008, 12:36:17 PM
The biggest problem with hacking the paper, is that it doesn't have a built-in interface like the wiimote does.  The wiimote was designed to communicate with the Wii over bluetooth already.  Our Wiimote hacks are simply exchanging one computer for another.  On the contrary, hacking the E Ink page is going to be a bit more down-and-dirty, since it's designed to work on its own without communicating with anything else.  There will be a little chip, and it will be someone a lot smarter than me that figures out how it controls the ink.  I'm assuming it will be a bunch of 14-year-old boys who get the paper to flash "BOOBS!" over and over.



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Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008, 09:46:01 AM
I guess that the first hack to this paper would be reading some kind of eprom.
#2 would be changing the information in this eprom (hope its a eeprom)
Then the natural step would be creating an interface making it possible to chang the eeprom from outside the E ink paper.

A bluetooth interface making it talk to wiimote ;-)




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Reply #6 on: December 31, 2008, 03:05:41 AM
If they are predicting hack it would be far better to go open source :)