Tablet Keyboard Cover With an E Ink Screen (Video)

DisplayCover E Ink

Here’s something a bit different. The Microsoft Applied Sciences Group has built a prototype of a keyboard cover for tablets that includes a secondary E Ink display that offers some unique new ways to use a tablet and help make productivity easier.

It’s called the DisplayCover. It’s a new take on the two displays experiment. A few smartphones have started coming out with an E Ink screen on one side and a LCD screen on the other, such as the Yotaphone.

And of course there was the original Nook, which had a small color LCD display below the E Ink screen. The DisplayCover is kind of the opposite of that.

Atop the keyboard keys sits a 1,280 x 305 resolution E Ink panel that is touch sensitive. It can display app shortcuts and toolbar icons, it can detect stylus input, it can be used as a trackpad, and it can detect gestures like pinch-zooming.

Things like toolbars with Photoshop automatically appear on the E Ink display, maximizing the main screen space.

Emails can be viewed, written, and sent directly from the E Ink screen without changing the main screen.

The DisplayCover is still in the prototype stage. Below is a short video showing it in action.

DisplayCover with E Ink Screen

2 Responses to “Tablet Keyboard Cover With an E Ink Screen (Video)”

  1. Interesting idea. But doesn’t adding a keyboard defeat the purpose of having a tablet in the first place?
    I kinda always wondered about that…

  2. They should consider to put Eink screen at the lower part of the keyboard. Resting your palm on the keys while writing seems wrong.

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