Today’s internet is hyperfixed around content, and in particular, images. Only a few years ago, a webpage that might have been 80% text and 20% images is now just the opposite. This change caters to a wider audience, as more people have shown that they’re paying less attention to textual content to instead focus more on the visual. You may have even scrolled down this page, skimming the text and looking at images, before beginning to read.

Despite our fascination with images, in regards to those exclusively found online, we have remarkably few ways to physically display them. You can save a photo on your phone or tablet and even print it out to frame it in your home; but, as the gap between our digital and physical interactions continue to decrease, why don’t we have more ways to display the images we like best?

Enter the E01: a new Kickstarter project by startup company, Electric Objects, aiming to accomplish just this.

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What is it?

The E01 is a 23” high-definition screen that hangs from your wall or sits atop your desk to showcase a user curated feed of images. It’s minimal brightness, anti-glare display helps the device blend in seamlessly with its environment.

Although it requires a constant power source, the included Macbook Pro-esque cord helps the device blend in, not stand out. Consuming less energy than an average light bulb, the E01 provides an energy-efficient way to view your photos.

The E01 sits on a pedestal displaying an image of a wave

The E01 sits on a pedestal displaying an image of a wave

How do you use it?

Without physical controls such as a keyboard or a mouse, the E01 has built in Wi-Fi and bluetooth, allowing all interactions to be handled digitally, aiding in the bridging of our interactive world.

Upon launch, a companion web, iPhone, and Android app will be released, giving users the ability to freely change their E01 displays as often as they’d like.

Two options exist for choosing an image to display: The user can upload their own image or browse from a database of images supplied by museums, libraries, and other organizations.

“EO1 is designed to fade into the background, like a photograph or painting. It becomes a part of your home, affording you the chance to enjoy the Internet at a slower, more considered pace.”

“EO1 is designed to fade into the background, like a photograph or painting. It becomes a part of your home, affording you the chance to enjoy the Internet at a slower, more considered pace.”

A teaser of the E01 app which allows users to explore and display thousands of objects, including original artwork, or upload their own.

A teaser of the E01 app which allows users to explore and display thousands of objects, including original artwork, or upload their own.