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Old 07-31-2008, 06:39 AM   #1
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Hack Attack! Esquire wants us to hack their e-paper cover

BoingBoing talked with someone from Esquire, and it's almost unbelievable: they actually want us to hack their frontpage cover and turn it into something more useful.

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But on to the question most of the geeks have been asking: Can you rip out the cover and use it for your own projects?

Griffin says it should be possible — "We look forward to seeing what people do it" — although there isn't any discrete input on the custom-designed circuit board that will control the e-paper. The data will be baked into the circuitry. Figuring out how to reprogram the e-paper controller or installing an entirely new one will be up to the hackers.

Good news about the battery, though: it should be trivial to replace.

Link: Esquire to geeks: hack our e-paper magazine cover
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:01 AM   #2
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oh wow, i can't WAIT to see what people come up with ! i think that's pretty cool that not only do they know people will want to do that, they actually encourage it. if they are really smart, they will have an article in a few weeks / months showing some of the best hacks. now THAT would probably give e-ink a boost.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:07 AM   #3
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Well, if someone sends me one I'll certainly will see what can be done with it
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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Well, if someone sends me one I'll certainly will see what can be done with it
nate the great has offered to send copies to people outside the US ; send him a message to set that up.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:17 AM   #5
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Amusing, are they admitting to a failure of imagination?
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:19 PM   #6
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Amusing, are they admitting to a failure of imagination?
I don't think so. They are admitting to a failure in technical prowess in the magazine publishing end. Imagination was already demonstrated when they did the cover in the first place.

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BoingBoing talked with someone from Esquire, and it's almost unbelievable: they actually want us to hack their frontpage cover and turn it into something more useful.
The no-brainer application might be a photo album.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:25 PM   #8
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I don't think so. They are admitting to a failure in technical prowess in the magazine publishing end. Imagination was already demonstrated when they did the cover in the first place.

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I'd imagine you need much more technical prowess to do what they've already done than to find further uses for it. Indeed, if that were not the case, expecting user hacks would be rather silly.
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:48 AM   #9
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I'd imagine you need much more technical prowess to do what they've already done than to find further uses for it. Indeed, if that were not the case, expecting user hacks would be rather silly.
Yes, but was it theirs? I suspect they had an idea and then went out and bought a solution. The technical prowess was in the company that they bought it from. At this point they are the same as everybody else wondering what someone might be able to do with it.

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Old 08-01-2008, 02:24 AM   #10
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A good point, I forgot that they're not a technical company. Nonetheless, they seem to be saying; We want you to spend your valuable time making our product cool and we aren't even going to bother doing anything to support your activity. Unless they actually do something to support hacking, this announcement is most meaningful as an admission that e-ink covers are not exactly a killer app.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:34 PM   #11
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Yeah but it may be a way to get an Eink display real cheap & would be fun to mess with.

Where can I get mine?
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:42 PM   #12
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What is the size of this eink display? Would it be possible to hack it and build a reader around it?
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:36 PM   #13
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Kind of an old thread, but this (painful for e-ink fans) attack on the recent Esquire e-ink cover shows it really can be quite durable (even though the "hackability" was rather a disappointment):



http://gizmodo.com/5054022/esquire-e...nives-and-fire
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:23 PM   #14
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How to hack the Esquire E-ink cover to make a clock

http://hackaday.com/2008/10/14/how-t...uire-magazine/

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