Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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I believe the lighting effect atop the Empire State is supposed to be a beacon (akin to what many airports do so planes can find them when no air traffic controller is on duty overnight). I think the symbolism is supposed to be a "beacon of hope."