Tag Archives: e-paper

Details of Waveshare e-paper displays

Erich Styger has a nice write-up on Waveshare e-paper displays:

I have used E-Ink displays in projects three years ago, but from that time the technology has greatly evolved. That time displays were hard to get, expensive and difficult to use. Now things seem to change with e-ink displays available to the maker market :-). I’m able to get a 128×296 pixel e-paper display for $10! And for little more money I can have displays with black/white/red colors!

Details of Waveshare e-paper displays – [Link]

ESP8266 based e-paper WiFi weather station

Erich Styger documented his experience building Daniel Eichhorn’s e-paper weather station with a custom enclosure:

Using e-paper for a weather station is an ideal solution, as the data does not need to be updated often. By default, the station reaches out every 20 minutes for new data over WiFi and then updates the display. Daniel Eichhorn already has published kits for OLED (see “WiFi OLED Mini Weather Station with ESP8266“) and touch display (see “WiFi TFT Touch LCD Weather Station with ESP8266“). I like them both, but especially the TFT one is very power-hungry and not really designed to work from batteries. What I would like is a station which can run for weeks.

ESP8266 based e-paper WiFi weather station – [Link]

Flexible Smartwatch

A 2.5mm thick flexible smart watch with e-ink display, BT 4.0, and health sensors. by Nick Ames @ hackaday.io:

This project aims to build a thin, flexible smartwatch. It’s wrap-around display and touchscreen will allow it to display more data at a glance than current devices. Besides telling time and displaying notifications, the watch will feature pulse rate, blood oxygen, and step sensors for health monitoring.

Flexible Smartwatch – [Link]


E-paper Shield Kit for the Teensy


Jarek tipped us with his latest project, an E-paper screen shield kit for Teensy. He writes:

E-paper screens have been hacked out of Kindles and store price tags for a while, but this is the first ( to my knowledge ) open-source project which offers a simple and cheap interface for E-paper. After you prototype your idea with this board, you can get the plans from my project page and integrate the solution into a project or commercial product without having to iterate fives times as I have to get the E-paper driving circuitry just right. The shield fits over most Teensy boards, and the female headers mean you can plug wires right into a breadboard or any other 3.3V microcontroller board. E-paper is sensitive to temperature, so there is an I2C sensor on board that can be used if you need to use your E-paper in harsh environments.

E-paper Shield Kit for the Teensy – [Link]

How to use the 4.3′ E-Paper display with Arduino

educ8s.tv has uploaded another tutorial on how to use a e-paper display with Arduino. Source code is provided.

Electronic paper and e-paper are display technologies that mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper. Unlike conventional backlit flat panel displays that emit light, electronic paper displays reflect light like paper. This make them more comfortable to read, and provide a wider viewing angle than most light-emitting displays. Many electronic paper technologies hold static text and images indefinitely without electricity.

How to use the 4.3′ E-Paper display with Arduino – [Link]

How to Make an Internet Speed Analyzer


This is an internet speed Analyzer based on Raspberry Pi:

This application will run speedtest-cli against speedtest.net’s servers using cron. It will then email the results daily and weekly.

Also – using http://www.percheron-electronics.uk/shop/ e-paper hat – you can utilize the buttons to run the speed-test manually and display the results to the screen.

To use the device you will need a few bits installed to your Raspberry Pi. You can see the full list below, but if you just want to get started, see the simple instruction below:

How to Make an Internet Speed Analyzer – [Link]