Inkplate 6 ESP32 Wireless e-Paper Display Recycles Kindle E-reader (Crowdfunding)

Inkplate 6 wireless display is made from recycled e-Paper display taken from a used Amazon Kindle E-reader and adds WiFi (and Bluetooth) connectivity thanks to an ESP32-WROVER module featuring Espressif Systems ESP32 dual-core processor.

The 6″ e-Paper display can easily be updated over WiFi, and used for a variety of applications or projects such as high-latency digital signage displays, collaborative task trackers, e-Paper typewriters, open-hardware E-readers, art projects and so on.

Recycled Kindle eReader Wireless Display
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Inkplate 6 specifications:

  • ESP32-WROVER wireless module
    • ESP32 dual-core Tensilica LX6 processor @ 240 MHz
    • 8MB RAM, 4MB flash
    • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Display – 6″ e-Paper Display (ED060SC7) with 800×600 resolution taken from discarded Kindle readers; refresh time: 0.264 s; partial updates possible
  • Storage – MicroSD card socket
  • USB – 1x Micro USB Port for power and programming (via CH340C)
  • Expansion
    • EasyC / Qwiic connector with I2C
    • Headers for power signals, I2C, SPI, ESP32’s GPIO, and MCP23017 I2C I/O expander
  • Sensor – Internal TPS65186 temperature sensor
  • Misc – 3x capacitive touch pads at the front, hardware power switch, LED battery indicator. Hardware reset button
  • Power Management
    • Texas Instruments (TI) TPS65186 PMIC
    • MCP73831 lithium battery charger with a standard JST connector
    • Input – 5V via micro USB port, or LiPo battery
Inkplate 6
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While the project is still under development, e-radionica has already some hardware design files on Github, as well as an Arduino library, and a MicroPython library is in the works.

Inkplate 6 has just launched on Crowd Supply with a $10,000 funding target which it has already surpassed. There’s a single reward available from the crowdfunding campaign: Inkplate 6 itself which goes for $99 with free shipping to the US, and $10 to the rest of the world. Backers should expect their wireless e-Paper display to ship sometimes in April 2020 if everything goes according to plans.

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