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tweet woofe (is that what sound doge’s make?) at Elon Musk might be enough to get it in Teslas, haha.
I think another great market would be e-ink devices (e-readers and note takers). Elimisteve remarked in the forum that phones and tablets spend most of their battery on screens and that a more efficient CPU wouldn’t necessarily give massive gains. Although I’d still prefer to have a Mill-backed phone, e-ink devices are an interesting, niche market where screens generally take a lot less power. Battery life is typically measured in weeks, not hours or days. From what I can surmise, power consumption of the CPU is difficult to balance against the ideal high performance chips that ideally would be in these devices. I follow what devices come out and what companies are in this space and I have seen a lot of marketing materials for high-end devices where the beefier CPU is the second selling point, behind the screen type, of course. These devices all want to reduce input latency (and improve speeds in general) but none of them can compete with the dedicated monitors from Dasung due to CPU/power limitations (Boox has standalone monitors too but aren’t able to squeeze the same performance out of an identical panel). This is also a space where a lot of devices have custom Linux OS’s, although many do use Android, for those who want to “side-load” Android apps to get more functionality outside of what the device ships with by default. Could this be an opportunity for the Mill?
Companies include SuperNote, Onyx Boox, ReMarkable, Kobo, Pocketbook, BigMe, of course Kindle and Nook, Sony, Huawei, Fujitsu Quaderno, Bookeen/Vivlio (just learned of this one just now), Lenovo, and if you check goodereader you’ll find there are even more companies that cater exclusively or at least mainly to the Chinese market. Dasung has released some non-monitors too but thus far they are known for not investing in good software.
I’d be surprised if all of these companies passed on the Mill. I think the Mill should be a good fit for these devices that want more horsepower but better power efficiency.