If you’re someone who likes to hang up a paper calendar up on the wall at home or at the office, this bold and somewhat whimsical product could be the perfect combination of paper and next generation digital. The Magic Calendar appears like a regular wall calendar except it can be edited and manipulated using an Android phone. The product aims to make a big impact on using less paper in everyday life while keeping the paper-like and physical feel of a calendar.
Slashgear explains that the always-on dashboards like the Magic Calendar are usually run by small computers such as a raspberry pi. This one though, uses an e-ink display rather than an LCD. This gives the Magic Calendar the advantage of running for up to 30 months on a single charge. The e-ink reportedly doesn’t use any power when displaying static content, only drawing energy when the schedules to be displayed are adjusted.
“I came up with the design for Magic Calendar based on the idea of having a product that would inherit the characteristics of both smartphone and paper calendars so that the schedules inputted in calendars can be quickly checked. I believe there is a kind of surprise or a certain type of impression that will come from the ability to put changeable information on a media that has a similar weight, texture, or smooth feeling that we associate with touching paper,” designer Kosjo Tsuboi said in a video introducing the Magic Calendar.
“the idea of having a product that would inherit the characteristics of both smartphone and paper calendars”
The Magic Calendar is one of many potential Android-powered ideas. It’s part of a Japanese Android Experiments campaign but has the potential of being developed into an actual, commercial product. It responds to the challenge of having a calendar that combines the best features of paper and smartphone.
The calendar is always on, and this makes sharing events and schedules between people easier and more natural. However, one of its limitations is its dependence on a computer or phone when editing. The changes have to made first on Google Calendar before it is reflected on the Magic Calendar, Design Milk explains.
Magic Calendar is not something totally new, but it is a bold idea that could be adapted a lot sooner than we think to make more homes and offices all over the world “paperless” places. This is another area where digital transformation can help make the world a better, and greener place to live in.