MuditaOS has been released as open source. This mobile operating system is designed specifically for the Mudita Pure e-ink mobile phone, and is based on FreeRTOS.
Developing our mobile operating system has been a big challenge in the process of creating Mudita Pure. We came up with a beautifully designed E Ink mobile OS and open-sourced it to fully meet our users’ desire for quality and transparency.
This is an interesting take on the minimalist feature phones that enter the market every now and then, but I always wonder what the market is for these things, and how long it takes for users to give in and grab their regular smartphone again. You can find the code on GitHub.
depends on the user. if i had one such phone, i’d use it until it broke.
My killer app of smartphones are flashcards. And that is basically it. It would be a perfect match, since the application is not that graphically intensive.
In an alternate universe, this is what the old monochrome Palm OS would have evolved into alongside Garnet/Cobalt/webOS for full smartphones. I dig it.
I was interested in “eInk” tablets. However the current choices are very limited.
The best option seems to be a brand called “Boox”. They have devices in various sizes with Android compatibility. The issue is of course, the software is not optimized for the display. And as a bonus they cost as much as a regular iPad in the same category (with much slower components).
The second option is using a regular Kindle + internal web browser. Unfortunately that browser is an afterthought, and the CPU is even slower than Boox devices.
And I also looked into using the Raspberry PI + an eInk screen. There is a company called “Waveshare” that sells those as add-ons. The problem there is the extremely slow refresh rate. (And needs some custom UI work).
Overall there is a market here, but I don’t think it is big enough for anyone to actually invest in it.
Actually I am open to recommendations.