New IndieGogo Project Wants to Fund World’s First E-ink SDK

20130929003802-_DSC6132_2918PCBA[1]Shezhen Ocean has come across my desk again with another IndieGogo project.

When I wrote about them before they wanted crowd-funding for a 6″ E-ink monitor. This time around they want you to help fund an E-ink SDK.

This new gadget is a development kit which hardware developers can use to craft their own custom gadgets with an E-ink or LCD screen.

They’re calling it RockthEink, and it is based around a custom single board computer with a 1GHz Rockchip RK2918 CPU, 512MB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. According to the specs list, this board also has Wifi, an ethernet port, audio, and USB Host.


The board  itself costs $79, and if you participate in the IndieGogo project you’ll also have the opportunity to buy one or more of a variety of E-ink screens. Options include 6″, 8″, 9.7″, in both Pearl and HD. The 8″ screen is available in color.

And if E-ink isn’t your thing, you can also get a 7″ LCD screen (with touchscreen). Assuming that this SDK uses standard components, you might even be able to buy a screen elsewhere and plug it in. Pixel Qi, anyone?

The screen prices range from $29 for the 7″ LCD screen to $149 for either the 9.7″ E-ink screen or the 8″ color E-ink screen.

Shenzhen Ocean reports that they have already designed the board, which you can see below attached to an 8″ color E-ink screen. They’re looking to raise $5,000 to fund a small production run and put together a volume order for the screens.[1]

This is an interesting project, and if I had the funds to spare I would seriously consider risking the $250 it would cost to get the 8″ screen and the SDK.

Alas, I don’t have the funds. If you help fund this project, let me know how it turns out.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Tom4 October, 2013

    you can also get it with a 6″ OED (the Chinese Eink knock off) display

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