NY designers FormNation turn the iPhone into a sleek e-ink phone that nods to b&w cameras

NY designers FormNation turn the iPhone into a sleek e-ink phone that nods to b&w cameras
NY-based design consultants FormNation showed off an interesting creation of theirs. The E-Phone is the first all e-ink smartphone in the world that one may actually find attractive. While the YotaPhone 1 & 2 are dual-screen devices and the Onyx Boox is basically an e-reader that also makes calls, the FormNation phone is both a design and technological statement.

Designer Jan Habraken and his team based the project off each others' iPhones and their inherent pain-points: big price, compromised battery life, heating up after prolonged use and signing up for Apple's services. Thus, they made up a phone that can last up to a month on a single charge, can be procured on the cheap, and does what a smartphone is expected to do these days - keep you connected.

While you won't be able to enjoy the latest 3D games on the phone's frugal e-ink display, you will get zero sun glare and an awesome reading experience. Even the e-ink display's black & white color scheme and notoriously slow refresh rate have become beneficial. The phone's camera creates true b/w images and generates stop-motion GIF images instead of 1080p video.

Well, FormNation might have just made the best backup phone ever.



source: FormNation

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7 Comments

1. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Black and white display in 2014?

2. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

Did you read the article at all? This is not an EVERYDAY use main phone... It's an awesome backup phone or a device for people who don't care about all the bells and whistles of typical smartphones. The "Black & White" aspect is what keeps the device from heating up and using unnecessary energy to constantly refresh the images on screen. How many devices in this galaxy do you know that can last up to a month on a single charge?

5. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Nokia 3310

6. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

I'm assuming you are joking when you mention the 3310... Do some research Fam... Even Nokia listed the Battery life at 55 h to 260 h, which equals 2 to 10 days. Like I said earlier: "How many devices in this galaxy do you know that can last up to a month on a single charge?"... Exactly... That's what I thought... Lol.

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

E ink display

4. Takeharu

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So a Yotaphone without the normal screen?

7. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

this is just so stupid but so awesome... It would be good on an airplane though, you could read on it and it would last the entire trip.

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