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The ten Dollar e-rader Answered

This project needs more exposure for open contributions and from all of you to improve the simple prototype I prepared please feel free to suggest add and improve. The aim is to provide 10 dollar e-readers to as many children as possible. (reading happens before keyboards)

The 3d model I uploaded

It opens with google sketchup so please junzip it and then open it with google sketch up: http://sketchup.google.com
(BTW i'd like to suggest this app for some future complex instructables it really helps)

They erased my Wiki article! @#! anyways here is the updated page

The Ten Dollar E-reader (10ER), is a proposed inexpensive electronic reader intended to be distributed to children around the world, especially to those in developing countries, to provide them with access to literacy, knowledge and the introduction modern forms of education. The electronic reader project aims at developing ten dollar Electronic reader (10ER) jointly with the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) trade association. The 10ER non-profit organization is based in Montreal QC Canada and was founded as a part time project by the Angel A. group.



11 years ago

Neat idea. I didn't think EP displays were "ready for prime time" yet, though. Would-be manufacturers don't even seem to have data sheets on their sites :-( I'm very skeptical that it's possible to build something like this for $10, though. The NRE costs on your hypothetical low power CPU-less eBook-to-EPdispay chip alone are likely to be quite high; I'm not even sure it's possible to do, given that standard eBook formats I think it would be a lot cheaper to build on an existing CPU,at least initially. (I guess it's theoretically possible that an ePaper manufacturer could build a simple processor that did most of the work into the same chipset ("chip on plastic" ?) that interfaces to the Epaper matrix.) The wiki page says "no input"; I assume it needs at least forward and back page buttons, and IIRC my eBook has four buttons. I've been really annoyed that the eBook people and the palmtop people never managed to get together. My palmtop has nice functions and a tiny display. My eBook has a bigger display and essentially no functionality or programability. Grr. Content is still an issue.

There is an update that may change the future of many displays, if successful this display would double as a photovoltaic cell as well (imagine charge and read at the same time) it is supposed to be extremely cheap too (It is very early but is worth taking a look at it)


Thanks for your comments! Well yeah, your cell phone recycling seems to be much better but the only problem is the standard that does not yet exists for manufacturer's to recycle the devices. If they built the cell phones in a manner they could be easily taken apart in 3-4 components the processors would be easily gathered and used. I proposed a similar thing based on that possibility with the "mothe-child cell phone reader" concept in the wiki. Please take a look at it and tell me what you think maybe we could think about merging them both (i.e. we convince nokia, Nokia manufactures a high end cell phone, 3 years down the road we recycle the phone and we send it to africa and we "wake up" the hidden functions it had upon the agreement: "Mother-child functions" also lets not forget that 3 years down the road the displays would get cheaper ) (i.e. Another more convenient option would be to manufacture the cell phone in a way that 3 years down the road we just add a e-ink screen to the recycled slim cell phone we discard the cell phone shell and we just re assemble it all in one form factor. All the button menus and navigation options may be reused if they are still operable. ) (i.e the same idea could be applied to ipod's that will come out of fashion... never mind... ipods are not good candidates for this...people keep them and re-sell them on e-bay even if they do not work ) More suggestions would be great, adn I'll include them in the page

. I tend to agree about high development costs being a problem. If eBooks had caught on, it might be different. The only advantage I can see to an eReader is the larger display.
. I like the re-purposable cell phone idea you discuss at https://www.instructables.com/forum/TJ5SSJRF2NOBMN3/ - most of the technology is already there and there is an abundant supply of discarded cell phones. And cell phones are already designed to be very rugged.
. Not that a $10 eReader is not a good idea. I just don't think it's very practical when, for ten and a dime, you can have a "real" computer.

That would be really a good project, since one of the main argument of the olpc is that books are expensive. $10 eReader are not as functional, but affordable...