Most smartphones give notifications pride of place, but they can still be lost in the swell of everything on your phone. Displio is a display that shows appointments and reminders.
The idea is at one glance you can see what you’ve got on today, rather than unlocking your phone and opening the calendar. But it can do more than that. It can also show the weather and your calendar, emails and reminders, track shares, show Facebook likes, and act as a sign to say if a room is reserved.
If that’s not enough,
The 2.7-inch display is e-ink, and it runs on batteries. It should last about a month, though it depends on which widgets you use and how often you refresh the screen and switch between them. A built-in speaker alerts you to important notifications.
It doesn’t use a touchscreen. Instead, you tap it to reload the page, or rotate it to switch between widgets.
It connects over Wi-Fi, so you will need to be in range of a network. And it comes in different colours, and a wood finish.
We’re not sold. Our phones already do all this. For another device to earn its way into our pockets, it’s going to have to do something more.
But maybe we’re in the minority. It’s passed its funding goal, and will ship in June.