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SonikTech e-Paper Shield Starter Kit Relies on Teensy LC MCU Board

December 23rd, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Soniktek Electronics has designed the “e-Paper Shield Starter Kit” featuring Pervasive Displays’ E2215CS062 e-paper screen, and an adapter board to connect it to Teensy LC (Low Cost) board powered by NXP Kinetis L ARM Cortex M0+ microcontroller @ 48 MHz, or other 3.3V MCU boards supporting SPI.

e-paper-devkitAdapter board & display specifications:

  • Supports Pervasive Displays 2.15″ E2215CS062 e-paper screen with 208 x 112 resolution, no backlight required, fully sunlight-readable
  • Communication protocol – SPI  @ 3.3V
  • Sensor – On-board thermometer with I2C interface
  • Dimensions – Screen: 48 mm x 26 mm; adapter board fits into Teensy-LC module (36x18mm)

The advantages of e-Paper display are that they don’t require power to maintain an image, and they can be read in sunlight, just like actual paper. I can’t remember having seen many – if any – low cost e-Paper development kits so far, and the project is open source hardware with design files and source code available on hackster.io.

The project was successfully funded on Crowdsupply last month, but you can now pre-order directly on the platform, starting at $25 for the adapter only if you already have an MCU board and the e-Paper display, $50 for the adapter board, and display, and $75 for a full kit with Teensy LC board, the adapter board, and the e-Paper Display. Shipping is free to the US, and $5 to the rest of the world.

If you are interested in e-Paper display development kits, I’ve noticed there are a dozen listed on Pervasive Display e-Ink development kits page, including e-Paper HATs boards for Raspberry Pi Zero, and other Raspberry Pi boards, and e-Paper shields for Arduino.

Via Softei.com

  1. JotaMG
    December 23rd, 2016 at 17:11 | #1

    E-ink displays will be crucial to IoT projects, and they should get much more popular, but asking $50 is expensive, you can get e-ink displays for $6 and a controller board for $12.
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Color-dot-matrix-1-54-e-paper-display/32499315786.html

  2. December 23rd, 2016 at 17:27 | #2

    @JotaMG
    Good find. That seller also provides complete kits. For example, a STM32 board with 2x 2.13″ e-paper displays (250×122 and 212×104 resolution) for $63 -> https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/dev-kit-with-2-13-e-ink-screen/1920096_32730476111.html

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