Display - Window into F1
As visible from the renderings, the F1 will have a built in display that will allow you to interact with F1 without syncing to your display interface device (Phone, Tablet, Laptop, etc…) This display will give you insights as to the status of the F1: On or off, battery level, Sampling with or without RMS, AC or DC voltage, connected to the app, synced with another F1 or and N2, the live voltage display, min/max and possibly more. The purpose of the screen is not meant to be the normal interface, but rather a confirmation of what is happening with connection between the unit and the app as well as whether or not the unit is on, batteries are good for testing, circuit is detected and more. This is something that was learned from years of N2 Neuron usage both as a user and the manufacturer listening to feedback from you. Without a screen the N2 Neuron is able to be used and navigated on a regular basis with relative ease. This is due to a very solid job of the engineers on writing the internal firmware of the tool as well as the software developers for making the interface easy and clean. This is why the F1 will only be using the screen as a status and notification window rather than the main interface.
Why E-Paper? Well without getting into another topic (power sources) the reality is we want the display to be usable in a variety of scenarios. Above wanting a the F1 to be as power efficient as possible so that you can use it for years in between battery swaps, we wanted to be sure the screen will be usable in the shop and out in the lot. The E-Paper choice lets us have the unit readable in direct sunlight and under the direct shine of a flashlight. Also because E-Paper and E-ink displays like the one chosen for F1 have a wider viewing angle and they reflect ambient light just like paper does this will make the display overall more usable in a variety of lighting environments. Also, because we are using e-paper, the screen can hold an image almost indefinitely simply through static effect and you can leave the F1 sampling with a status display and not be concerned over the draw of the screen reducing the battery life of the F1.
What else might go on the screen?
At this point we know that there are a number of things that can be displayed on the screen, however we are still developing the ideas surrounding sending images and text to the screen via the app. For example, custom names, warning messages, images and other things such as screen savers. Although this may seem simple conceptually, the reality is it would take up memory that could be used for storing things like waveform buffers and points from acquisition or even future product updates so as we weigh in on these topics and thoughts we ask what you think and would like to see regarding this type of functionality. Whether via a comment below or a direct message let us know what you think!
As we move forward with continued development and testing, we will release new updates on the F1 Neuron, anticipated specifications, features and software.
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