The DISPLIO is a mini e-ink display that lets you customize the data you receive. By adding your favorite widgets, you can display such information as the weather, email notifications, new tweets, and more.
Draugiem Group, the company making the DISPLIO, is looking for crowdfunding on Kickstarter to mass-produce the device. You can preorder it for as low as $79 (early bird special). A special edition wood version is available for $119.
The e-ink display will show you a number of different widgets, which you can add using an Android or iOS compatible app. It connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, so you will receive up-to-date information as long as the gadget is in range.
It includes notification support. So, whenever you receive a new email or get a reminder, you can receive an alert right from the tiny box.
There are no buttons. This minimalist gadget uses gestures to control features. Tap or shake it to reload. Rotate the screen to switch between widgets.
It is battery powered, so there are no cables to muck up your tidy countertop. Since it uses an e-ink display instead of an LCD screen, the battery consumption is less.
What I like about this device is that it captures bite-sized information that you can check into without having to immerse yourself in the Internet.
In addition to about a dozen pre-existing widgets to choose from, the DISPLIO will have a developer API available for anyone (not just professional app makers) to create their own content.
I am a sucker for widgets and this display is made for them. It lets you focus on specific details like your FitBit progress, traffic conditions, package shipment tracking, and more.
Draugiem Group expects to ship the DISPLIO by June of 2015.