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A low-power, open source, 2.7-inch IoT display powered by an ESP32-S2 module and featuring SHARP's Memory-in-Pixel (MiP) screen technology

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Newt is a battery-powered, always-on, wall-mountable display that can go online to retrieve weather, calendars, sports scores, to-do lists, quotes…really anything on the Internet! It is powered by an ESP32-S2 microcontroller that you can program with Arduino, CircuitPython, MicroPython, or ESP-IDF.

We consider Newt to be the next step in the evolution of low-power display boards. Perfect for makers, Sharp’s Memory-in-Pixel (MiP) technology avoids the slow refresh times associated with E-Ink displays. To support timers and alarms, we’ve also added a real-time clock (RTC). And finally, we’ve designed Newt with battery operation in mind – every component on the board was chosen for it’s ability to operate at low power.

It’s Cordless!

Newt was designed to operate "untethered," which means you can mount it in places where a power cord would be inconvenient – like on a wall, refrigerator, mirror, or dry-erase board. With the optional stand, desks, shelves, and nightstands are also good options.

Works Right Out of the Box

Newt is open source, and all design files and libraries are available for review, use, and modification. That being said: sometimes you just want something that works, without having to upload or modify code. Each Newt is delivered with working code with the following features:

Users only need to follow the Wi-Fi provisioning instructions (no app downloads required) to get started.

Useful Anywhere

Newt was originally designed as a multi-function smart device meant to display weather reports, agendas, and shopping lists right there on your refrigerator. Since it’s creation, the maker community has weighed in with additional use cases…

Home Applications

Professional Applications

More Complex Applications

Some of which might require integration with third-party services…

Features & Specifications



Time Keeping, Timers, and Alarms


User Input


Newt is designed to operate for one to two months between charges using a 500 mAH LiPo battery. The exact run time varies. (Heavy Wi-Fi use, in particular, will reduce battery charge more quickly.)



Optional Hardware for Mounting & Desktop Use


NewtMagTagInkplate 6M5Paper
Manufacturer Phambili Adafruit e-radionica M5Stack
Display Sharp Memory LCD eInk eInk eInk
Screen Size 2.7 in 2.9 in 6 in 4.7 in
Resolution 240 x 400 296 x 128 800 x 600 960 x 540
Deep Sleep Current30 uA 250 uA 25 uA Not Published
Refresh Rate< 0.001 s ~1 s 1.26 s Not Published
Periodic Screen Refresh RequiredNo Yes Yes Yes
Input Buttons10 capacitive pads, 1 push button 5 push buttons 3 capacitive pads Touch Screen, 1 push button
RTC includedYes No No Yes
Speaker includedYes Yes No No
Power InputUSB Type-C USB Type-C USB Micro B USB Type-C
Battery includedNo No No Yes
Programming LanguagesArduino, CircuitPython, ESP IDF, MicroPython Arduino, CircuitPython, ESP IDF, MicroPython Arduino, MicroPython, ESP IDF Arduino, MicroPython, UIFlow
Price$92 $35 $99 $85


We’ve gotten a number of enhancement requests for Newt since our launch. We’ll track those requests, as well as bugs, on our Github site. Please feel free to log your requests there or via the "ask a technical question" form.

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In the Press


"...the Newt features a 2.7 inch display with Sharp memory-in-pixel technology and an ESP32-S2 microcontroller that can be programmed with Arduino, CircuitPython, or ESP-IDF."

Geeky Gadgets

"Perfect for Internet of Things projects, [Newt] is powered by an ESP32-S2 module and features SHARP’s Memory-in-Pixel (MiP) screen technology."

Adafruit Industries

"Newt is a battery-powered, always-on, wall-mountable display that can go online to retrieve weather, calendars, sports scores, to-do lists, quotes…really anything on the Internet!"

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Produced by Phambili in Dallas, TX.

Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.


Fully assembled Newt with pre-loaded firmware

$92 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

Desktop Stand & Magnetic Mounting Hardware

Laser-cut desktop stand, mini-magnet feet, and required screws

$12 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

500 mAh, 3.7 V LiPo Battery

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

US shipping only

$8 $8 US Shipping / Not Available Outside US

About the Team


Dallas, TX  ·

Phambili (Forward in the Zulu language) is the brainchild of Darian Johnson, a full time technologist and part-time maker. Phambili is focused on making internet-connected open source devices for makers of all ages.

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