Last week, we introduced the Modos Paper Monitor: an open-hardware standalone portable monitor made for reading and writing, especially for people who need to stare at the display for a long time.
As an open hardware company, we have the opportunity to take you with us on the journey of creating a product from beginning to end, to involve you in the process, make decisions and collaborate together.
This week we’d like to focus on our Paper Monitor’s exterior design and hear from you.
The act of clearly defining a product is the most critical part early on when designing a commercially viable product. A clear definition allows us to make good design decisions and set clear goals, resulting in efficient use of time and resources and ensuring the entire team works in unison.
Concept designs are a great way to visualize a potentially finished product; beyond the product aesthetics, these concept designs allow us to see how a product could be used and the constraints or limitations.
Pictured above are some renders of potential e-paper monitors with different "kickstand" designs, each with pros and cons:
The preceding images show a monitor with a detachable folio-styled cover, similar to those available for many tablets. This potential design has many of the same pros and cons while introducing some more:
Other concept designs we are working on have more typical monitor stands or attach directly to laptop screens.
These are just a select few monitor designs we could pursue. Still, they're a great set of examples of how a simple visualization allows us to consider the product from an end-user perspective and present us with many of the questions we need to answer before defining what product to create.
Publicly presenting these concept designs early in our design process allows us to get feedback and opinions from potential users, here's how you can get involved:
We want to hear from you!
We are in the process of securing funding for our pilot program, building prototypes for its participants, and continuing the work needed to bring devices like our Paper Monitor to the market. We need your support and want to hear from you.
If you believe in our mission of building technology that respects your time, attention, and well-being, please fill out our community survey and apply for our community pilot program to help us make this a reality.
We need at least 50,000 people interested in purchasing our Paper Laptop, Paper Monitor, Development board, and future devices we have planned for the ecosystem.
The Modos Team