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Offline Johnny_Karamello

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Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:13:48 am »
Hey there,

together with a colleague I'm running a crowdfunding campaign on CrowdSupply at the moment: https://www.crowdsupply.com/robert-poser/paperino
You can find details on the campaign page or our hackaday.io project page: https://hackaday.io/project/21551-paperino

Basically it's an easy access to an e-paper display. You don't have to worry about the weird voltage levels e-paper screens need and their driving schemes. You just hook up power and SPI to our board or use our shields and you're good to go. We wrote a Arduino library and all hardware and software is open source and can be found in our GitHub repo: https://github.com/RobPo/Paperino

I know there are other e-paper shields out there so here's what makes us special:
The display we use do not have a silicon based backplane on glass substrate like the others, our displays uses an organic semiconductor on a plastic substrate. They are therefore a bit more robust and even slightly bendable.
With most other displays you are limited to two colours (black and white) and full updates (whole screen is flashing and updating even if you just want to change one pixel). Our display can drive 4 grey levels (including black and white) and use partial updates (only changing pixels update). Technically all e-paper displays could do that but some manufacturers don't let you access these features without signing NDAs (I don't know why, legal reasons I guess).

I did some write ups on the update modes (https://hackaday.io/project/21551-paperino/log/59392-e-paper-basics-1-update-modes) and grey levels (https://hackaday.io/project/21551-paperino/log/59564-e-paper-basics-2-gray-levels).

Let me know what you think.
 

Offline ebclr

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2017, 04:19:29 am »
 

Offline Johnny_Karamello

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2017, 05:49:07 am »
Yeah, you're not the first to point that out :-)
We definitely can't keep up with ST when it comes to the price.
But they are also a good example of what our "competition" can't do (we are a 2 people operation, we don't consider ourselves competition to anyone). It's the 2-bit grey scale images and partial updates. As of yet I only saw 1-bit greyscale and full updates with the ST boards.
 

Offline usagi

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 10:12:23 am »
how about making a controller board to let people drive the kindle display. they are widely available used and super cheap.

Offline RoadRunner

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 04:33:29 pm »
 
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Offline usagi

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 06:05:26 pm »
how about making a controller board to let people drive the kindle display. they are widely available used and super cheap.

i have made such thing , whould you like to see kickstarter on it ? :-DD

yes!  :-+

Offline nidlaX

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 08:14:36 pm »
how about making a controller board to let people drive the kindle display. they are widely available used and super cheap.

i have made such thing , whould you like to see kickstarter on it ? :-DD

http://www.circuitvalley.com/2017/03/kindle-e-ink-eink-driver-microcontroller-project-msp430-low-power-display-epaper.html

http://www.circuitvalley.com/2017/03/eink-e-ink-kindle-dispaly-clock-reuse-weather-monitor-temperature-eink-driver-arduino.html
Yeah, can we get this via crowdsupply instead? Let's go big! 8)
 

Offline aldolo

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Re: Paperino: a e-paper shield for Arduinos
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 05:46:47 am »
paperino is the italian name of donald duck. disney will be on you soon....
 


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