The Esquire October 2008 Magazine cover contains an embedded e-ink display that the Internauts have begun to hack.
100,000 of Esquire’s 75th anniversary magazine cover out in newstands now has an embedded e-ink display that provides a glimpse into what print technology may hold for us in the very near future, all for the cost of a magazine ~$5.
Like the newspapers in Tom Cruise’s Minority report, or the campy Harry Potter papers which featured animated content, a select few of the Esquire magazines features a cover that uses e-ink technology that displays text on a embedded lcd a little thicker than a thin cardboard.
The neat thing about this technology is that Esquire welcomed people to ‘hack’ its embedded e-ink electronics and several people and websites has begun to tinker into the circuitry to see what can be done.
Although the technology seems crude and limited at this point, this could truly be the welcoming trumpet call for the vision of e-ink technology that we’ve seen in various futurism movies. Next up, jetpacks!