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Old 09-09-2008, 12:16 PM   #91
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I just realized that the first post of this thread showed us what would be on the display.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:17 PM   #92
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Ha! I knew MAKE wouldn't let us down. More details here: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/200...er_hackin.html (but you might need a MAKE subscription, I'm not sure.)

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* It has a programming header, 5-pin ISP.
* It has a Microchip PIC 12f629 which is flash programmable, 8 pin.
* It has 6 lithium coin cell CR2016s, 3 volts each.
* There are 2 e-ink screens with flex connections (these are pricey connections). It looks like it was made to be reprogrammed and different screens.
* The top screen 11 segments, the bottom has 3.
* It was design 06/04/2008.
* The PCB was made by Forewin (Chinese firm?).
* Half thickness, 2 layer board (FR4).
Also, Flickr photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmtorrone/tags/esquire/
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:46 PM   #93
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Wow, talk about disappointing. All of that effort, cost, and waste, for that? Nice try, but not nice enough, in my opinion.
Maybe we're just jaded by the eInk we've already seen and used. I brought my Esquire to work this morning, and set it on my guest table. SEVERAL of my co-workers have been extremely impressed.

By the way, has anyone else read the Steve Jobs article yet? Interesting, if not quite professional diagnosis of his psyche.
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Old 09-09-2008, 03:28 PM   #94
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Maybe we're just jaded by the eInk we've already seen and used. I brought my Esquire to work this morning, and set it on my guest table. SEVERAL of my co-workers have been extremely impressed
...because they didn't see your 505 yet, or what?

As for the hackability, no go - it is not a screen, it consists of predefined segments. From Make blog:
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I think someone out there will likely reflash the PIC and make the segments go on / off at different time and perhaps put other displays on it, there's a little bit of hacking to be had but not that much really.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:17 PM   #95
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Color me unimpressed. It isn't the full cover, just a little piece of it. About what you'd get with a cellphone.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:26 AM   #96
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...because they didn't see your 505 yet, or what?
Yes, they've seen the 505. Two guys actually went out and bought their own after seeing mine. I guess it was just that it was a magazine. An awful lot of "Wow, cool" comments.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:05 PM   #97
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Well, I finally got mine. I bought 3... one to play with the other 2 to save. By the time I got home (5 mins) the battery in one of them was dead. It no longer blinks.
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I'm a 'touch' late in noticing this... but did anyone pick up extras and would be willing to ship one to Europe? I'd pay by Paypal.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:48 PM   #99
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I'm a 'touch' late in noticing this... but did anyone pick up extras and would be willing to ship one to Europe? I'd pay by Paypal.
See Nate the Great's offer here.
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Well, I finally got mine. I bought 3... one to play with the other 2 to save. By the time I got home (5 mins) the battery in one of them was dead. It no longer blinks.
It's more likely that a connection is loose.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:18 PM   #101
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It's more likely that a connection is loose.
Yep, you were right but I had to disassemble (tear apart) the cover to fix it. Good thing I bought extras.

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I'm a 'touch' late in noticing this... but did anyone pick up extras and would be willing to ship one to Europe? I'd pay by Paypal.
If Nate runs out, I've got two extras as well. I wouldn't charge money, though. I'm in the market to swap. I need paperback copies of Neuromancer in as many languages as possible. Already have German, Italian and French. If you can get me Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, etc., I'd love to trade...
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If Nate runs out, I've got two extras as well. I wouldn't charge money, though. I'm in the market to swap. I need paperback copies of Neuromancer in as many languages as possible. Already have German, Italian and French. If you can get me Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, etc., I'd love to trade...
Oh, if you are interested, I'd love to trade. I have at least one Neuromancer paperback in my bookshelf at home, it's either Finnsh or Swedish. And I can always get one in a local bookshop. Drop me a PM if you are interested in a swap.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:58 AM   #104
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I notice that ebay is selling them, at a range from sensible to silly prices...

Does anyone know who made the displays - they are flexible/plastic and not glass? I thought PVI only did glass based displays.
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