Waveshare Launches an Affordable 7-Color e-Paper Display

Most e-paper displays are black or white with sometimes red or yellow color being added to the mix. But E-Ink has recently launched several color e-Paper display at prices that will not make it affordable to most projects.

Waveshare has launched its fair share of e-Paper displays in the past, and now the company is coming with a relatively affordable 5.65″ color e-Paper display with seven different colors for $74.99 plus shipping.

5.65-inch 7-color e-paper displayMain features and specifications:

  • Display
    • 5.65″ display (114.9 × 85.8mm)
    • Resolution – 600 × 448 pixels
    • Viewing angle – >170°
    • ACeP (Advanced Color ePaper) 7-color with black, white, green, blue, red, yellow, and orange
    • Greyscale – 2 levels
    • Full refresh time – 15s
    • Dot pitch – 0.1915 × 0.1915mm
  • Host Interface – 3-wire SPI or 4-wire SPI
  • Operating voltage – 3.3V/5V
  • Power Consumption
    • 50mW (typ.) during refresh
    • Standby current – <0.01uA (almost none)
  • Dimensions – Board – 138.5 × 100.5mm

seven colors e-paper displayIf the sample above is not photoshopped, the results are fairly impressive with only seven colors and a greyscale level of 2. The company claims examples for  Raspberry Pi, Jetson Nano, Arduino, and STM32 will be provided in the Wiki once it’s updated.

SPI color e-Paper Display

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6 Replies to “Waveshare Launches an Affordable 7-Color e-Paper Display”

  1. That’s great. It reminds me of 1993 when we were seeing the first color LCDs appear on the market. A few extremely expensive laptops in shops were running demos of color sunflowers and cartoons to show how awesome it was to have color (it was ugly but we used to find it great). And now we’re seeing the same wave of innovation and progress with e-paper screens. Maybe in 2040 these will be omnipresent with a resolution comparable to todays retina displays, and all the current horrible glossy displays will be laughed at by kids saying “this must have been totally unusable outdoors”.

    1. Interactive for sloths perhaps, but how tough is the display? Those things have nasty claws.

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