Displaying the front page of a newspaper on a large eInk display #eInk #ePaper #Newspapers @OZM @maxbraun
Max Braun posts on OneZero about a design many people have thought of but few have realized – displaying a newspaper front page on a full paper size eInk/ePaper display.
I wanted to preserve this analog feeling and infuse it with the possibilities of smart home technology. That’s why I made Paper, a radically simple prototype that does exactly one thing: show today’s front page on a large e-paper display.
Sometimes no user interface is the best user interface. This project, even more so than Accent previously, was created in the tradition of calm technology. Paper easily blends into the background, because its screen doesn’t emit any light and the content changes quietly when no one is looking. The display is wall-mounted at eye height, and the nightly front-page update happens automatically, so the only user interaction is simply standing there and looking at it.
The latest prototype of Paper, shown in the pictures below, combines a few ideas that Max found to be important: For the print layout to shine, a display about as large as the unfolded actual paper was used. Max also wanted it to lie as flat as possible against the wall and blend into the interior of my apartment. A large bezel wasn’t desired, which would make it look like just another picture frame.
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