Inkplate 10: An e-Paper display that works without a Raspberry Pi thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity
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We have already reported on the Inkplate 6, which was billed as a new platform for Arduino programming fans. Now, there is the Inkplate 10, which offers, as its name suggests, a larger display than the Inkplate 6. While the basic concept remains unchanged, the 9.7-inch panel of the Inkplate 10 should make it easier to read than its smaller sibling. The Inkplate 10 operates at a resolution at 1,200 x 825 pixels, for reference. It is also made using recycled e-readers, although it is unclear which panels E-radionica has used.
Not only does the Inkplate offer a larger display size than the Inkplate 6, but it offers up to 37% faster refresh rates than typical e-Paper displays. Specifically, the Inkplate 10 can refresh in 1.6 to 1.8 seconds, while achieves a partial refresh in 0.62 seconds. Moreover, the Inkplate 10 supports 3-bit grayscale, for reference.
E-radionica has connected the 9.7-inch display to an ESP32 WROVER board that supports 8 MB of RAM, 4 MB of flash and a dual-core microprocessor. Additionally, the board integrates Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) and Wi-Fi, allowing it to be used independently of another machine, such as a Raspberry Pi. There is a microSD card reader too, along with a USB Type-C port for programming and GPIO pins with I2C and SPI support.
E-radionica claims that the Inkplate 10 is compatible with Adafruit GFX and Arduino libraries. Furthermore, a GUI designer and an online image converter are available. The 23 x 18 x 1 cm board can be backed on Crowd Supply for US$129. E-radionica hopes to begin shipping the Inkplate 10 from April 30 2021.