Kindle Touch hacked to play video

Summary:Not going to appeal to the masses, but there are certain circumstances where it might come in useful.

Think that the slow refresh rate of a monochrome e-ink screen is no good for video playback? A member of the MobileRead forum doesn't think so, and has not only hacked Amazon's Kindle Touch so that it will play a video, but found a perfect video to play on the e-Ink screen - an episode of Simon's Cat.

The project is in the early stages, but the audio and video are well synced, and the playback seems reasonably smooth, taking into account the rough quality of the recording. Given that e-Ink screens were never designed for this sort of usage, regular video wouldn't work, but the cartoon nature of Simon's Cat lends itself well to this sort of screen.

There's still a lot of work to do. Currently, the video player is a command-line tool and there developer plans to create graphical user interface for the application if there is enough interest in the project.

I'm continually amazed by how some people will push technology to do things that it was never intended to do. While playing videos on an e-Ink screen isn't going to appeal to the masses, there are certain circumstances where it might come in useful.

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Topics: Hardware

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