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H2 Front View (Li model)

The H2 is a prototype ebook platform built around an 800x600, 160ppi, 4 gray level E Ink display. The major system features are:

  • Gumstix SBC with 400MHz Xscale processor running a modified 2.6.7 Linux kernel
  • Metronome 834 or Apollo Display controller board
  • Up to 5 button inputs via button board
  • Support for Li-ion and alkaline batteries
  • External 12V power connection
  • Image and file transfer/storage through MMC card
  • Full GNU software cross-development toolchain
  • Serial, Bluetooth, and USB communications options
E Ink's first active matrix product was a 6 inch diagonal 800x600 display, and is available in the market. This is the display used in the Sony Librie (currently available only in Japan). While the Librie is a great product, it is not in Sony's interest to make the platform very open and flexible. At E Ink, we wanted a platform that could be used by our other customers and partners to prototype applications, gather support for a program, and potentially do marketing studies. The H2 was designed for this application.
Design partially original and partially ripped off from other websites
by Holly Gates