E-Ink
ESP32
Arduino

Inkplate 6

Versatile, easy-to-use, Wi-Fi-enabled e-paper display

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Built on ESP32 & programmable with Arduino IDE or MicroPython

A powerful, Wi-Fi enabled ESP32 microcontroller makes this six-inch e-paper display – recycled from a Kindle e-reader – incredibly easy to control. Just plug in a USB cable, open Arduino IDE, and change the contents of the screen with few lines of code.

There’s Just Something About E-Paper

If you’re like us, the first time you saw an e-reader, you thought to yourself, "I could do something with that." Thanks to clean lines, high contrast, daylight readability, and the remarkable level of energy efficiency that comes from drawing power only when changing the contents of the screen, e-paper is uniquely suited to many applications.

After experimenting with the handful of readily available e-paper screens, however, we just couldn’t shake the sense that none of them was really a finished product. We had to wire them up to external microcontrollers, learn device-specific commands to update their screens, locate hard-to-find sample code, cobble together our own power management, and provide whatever interfaces our project ideas might require. It was a mess.

E is for Easy

With Inkplate 6, our goal is to make e-paper accessible to hobbyists and DIY product designers by offering a plug-and-play hardware platform that has it all:

Limited Only by Your Imagination

Here is a random sampling of things you might want to see hanging from your wall, sitting on your desk, stuck to your refrigerator, tucked away in your bag, or surrounded by a custom frame:

Whatever your e-paper idea might be, as long as it’s compatible with a six inch screen, Inkplate 6 probably represents your quickest path to it. And even if you’re working toward something larger or smaller, Inkplate 6 can still save you some headaches while you’re prototyping.

Kindles Have Nice Screens

We’d rather see them in your hands than in a landfill somewhere. And by recycling used Kindle screens, we are able to offer high-end features at an affordable price. You can find more information in the comparison table below, but some of the highlights include:

Fast Partial Updates

ESP32 is the Place to Be

Inkplate 6 is built around one of today’s most popular microcontrollers. If you already have experience working with ESP32, then you’re in good company. Developing for Inkplate 6 should feel mighty familiar. And if you’re new to ESP32, this is a great way to start learning a set of skills that will serve you well for a long time to come.

The ESP32 WROVER module at the heart of Inkplate 6 features:

Help Us Build an Open E-Paper Community

Inkplate 6 is open hardware, and the software that powers it is open source. You can find both our design files and our source code on GitHub. That includes:

Our MicroPython module remains a work-in-progress, as does the datasheet for our board, but we will have both online by the time you receive your Inkplate 6.

We have already done a great deal of work to make Inkplate 6 easy to use, but a larger community could accomplish even more. Inkplate’s Arduino and MicroPython ecosystems will only get healthier over time, and we invite you to contribute to the libraries, tools, and frameworks that will help Inkplate 6 (and subsequent models!) mature into the hundreds of different consumer products they want to be when they grow up.

Comparisons

Inkplate 6Waveshare EPDAdafruit EPDPimoroni Inky wHAT
Screen Size 6" 7.5" 2.13" 4.2"
Resolution800 x 600 640 x 384 250 x 122 400 x 300
All-in-one BoardYes Requires controller & 2 add-ons Requires controller Requires controller
Low-Power Mode25 μA No No No
Wi-FiYes No No No
Battery ChargerYes No No No
Touch PadsThree Zero Zero Zero
MicroSD slotYes No Yes No
GreyscaleYes Yes No No
Partial UpdateYes No No No
Refresh Time1.26 s ~6 s ~2 s ~10 s

Features & Specifications

Front-Mounted Components:

Rear-Mounted Components:

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Support & Documentation

All hardware and software documentation for Inkplate 6 will be published and openly maintained in our GitHub repositories. We provide free technical support for all products manufactured by Soldered. An English language forum for this purpose is currently under development. Meanwhile, please contact us through the campaign page if you have any questions.

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Inkplate 6

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Inkplate 6 w/ Enclosure

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USB Cable: Type-C to Type-A (1 m, ~3.3 ft)

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A 100 cm cable with a USB Type-C and a USB Type-A connector.

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Wall Mount USB AC Adapter - US Plug

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A wall mount 5 V, 1 A AC adapter with a USB Type-A port and US plug.

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Wall Mount USB AC Adapter - EU Plug

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A wall mount 5 V, 1 A AC adapter with a USB Type-A port and EU plug.

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About the Team

Soldered

Osijek, Croatia  ·  eradionica  ·  e-radionicacom  ·  soldered.com

Soldered is a company oriented to makers community. We design & manufacture electronic boards and add-ons for hobbyists, companies and schools. We manufacture our designs in-house, provide educational content at the blog and open-source everything (from hardware to Fritzing & Eagle libraries). A one-stop shop in terms of innovative electronics hardware. Soldered offers products and tutorials helping you discover the maker within yourself.

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