Modos Paper Monitor Pre-Launch on Crowd Supply

Alexander Soto

May 20, 2024

Today, I'm excited to announce the pre-launch page of the Modos Paper Monitor on Crowd Supply. The Modos Paper Monitor is an open-hardware 13.3-inch, 1600 x 1200 monochrome or color e-ink monitor with a fast 60 Hz refresh rate, low latency, multiple image modes and dithering options, and flexible screen update control. It can be connected using HDMI and USB-C and works on Linux, macOS, and Windows. 

Modos Paper Monitor

Aimed at developers and makers, the Modos Development Kit uses the same display controller that powers our Paper Monitor with your choice of e-ink screen. It is available with 6-inch and 13.3-inch monochrome or color panels.

Modos Development Kit

The Beginning of the Journey

This product is the result of a journey that began in February 2021. Like many others, I found myself spending over 12 hours a day in front of a computer or digital screen. My days were filled with supporting students, attending meetings, reading documentation, learning, and programming. By the end of the day, my eyes felt strained, and I was tired and distracted.

I realized that the digital tools we depend on for our day-to-day activities could be improved. They should be more beneficial to our health, less demanding of our attention, and better suited to our needs. I wanted to create a space free from distractions and eyestrain where I could focus on reading, writing, and thinking—a productive environment conducive to my health. This realization led me to reimagine personal computing and build calm, intentional technology.

Shared Challenges

As I shared my vision with others, I found that many people faced similar challenges: writers, authors, journalists, programmers, students, teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, makers, digital minimalists, people with visual impairments, those with health issues and many more.

We all struggled with the same problems—headaches, eyestrain, and distractions caused by our reliance on digital screens. This shared experience fueled my desire to create technology that respects our time, attention, and well-being.

Open-Hardware and Open-Source

As an open-hardware and open-source company, we strive to create an environment where experimentation, learning, and creativity can flourish. For those who wish to delve deeper, our README on GitHub provides a comprehensive primer on e-ink technology.

We believe that open-source and open-hardware are crucial to envisioning and building a different reality—one where technology supports our well-being and fosters a healthier relationship with our digital lives.

We invite you to sign up on Crowd Supply to stay informed about the latest news and updates on our project.