e-Paper Hat Adds an E-ink Screen to a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer which was designed with DIY and hacking in mind. It’s cheap, has a bevy of open ports, and has been adapted to serve many uses (including as a weather stationa laptopa computer with a Kindle screen).

The Raspberry Pi is designed to work with any number of sensors and DIY components, including the RePaper development boards, and a new special-built component just launched on Kickstarter.

Percheron Electronics is soliciting donations to cover the costs of manufacturing a daughter board for the Raspberry Pi. The e-Paper HAT, or Hardware Attached on Top, is designed to plug in to the Raspberry Pi and add a 2.7″ E-ink screen.


The E-ink screen was developed by Pervasive Displays, and it boasts a screen resolution of 264 x 176. It’s mounted on a board developed by Percheron Electronics. That board also contains a real-time clock that runs on a separate cell battery for back up.

This isn’t the first E-ink screen to be paired with a Raspberry Pi, but its developer wanted to offer a more compact alternative which could be neatly slotted into place without trailing wires.

He foresees that it can be used to create a desk clock, readout for a weather station, to display a Twitter feed (someone beat him to that idea), or anything you can come up with.

Linux Gizmos notes that the e-Paper Hat runs the same code as Pervasive Display’s RePaper development boards, which means that you might be able to adapt a project developed for one of those boards and use said project with your Raspberry Pi.

If you want to get an e-Paper Hat, the minimum backing price is now £39, and you can contribute more and get multiple screen units. The campaign runs until 10 May, and it is almost fully funded at the time I wrote this post.

The current projected delivery is August 2015.

P.S. If you miss out on this campaign and still want to add an E-ink screen to your Raspberry Pi, you should check out the one offered by Embedded Artists. There’s also a tutorial posted on ADAFruit which shows you how to use a RePaper development board to add an E-in screen to a BeagleBone Black or a Raspberry Pi.

Kickstarter via Liliputing

Nate Hoffelder

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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.


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