We have seen e-ink displays taking over in some areas where the regular ones struggle, especially on battery-powered devices, due to their power-conservative nature in comparison to their LCD counterparts. Of course, they are different, but in many projects e-ink displays just fit! Now, today we will take a look at a very unique and complete package that takes advantage of this kind of display and does much more, the M5Paper, from M5Stack.
The M5Paper, from M5Stack sort of gives you a mobile phone vibe, with its 4.7” display and its tiny, component packed package. It is astonishing to look at it, and developing on it must be extra motivating. But can this device be more than just the looks? It certainly can!
- ESP32 based, supoort with WiFi and Bluetooth
- Internal 16M Flash, 8M PSRAM
- Low Power consumption eInk Display
- Multi-touch screen
- 180 degree viewing angle
- Built-in Magnets
- Internal 1150mAh Battery
- Expandable – HY2.0-4P 3 x external expansion ports
Regarding software, you can use good old Arduino with the M5Paper or MicroPython, which has gained a lot of popularity in recent times. Besides that, you can use the UIFlow from M5Stack, which is a web-based IoT programming system developed by M5Stack, acting as a combination of Google Blocky and Micropython, and provides you with a very intuitive visual programming interface.
Now, for whom is the M5Paper for? That is an easy answer. If you are on the market for a development ecosystem that requires a display, communication and low power capabilities, without compromising on features, this is an exact match.
- IoT terminals
- E-book readers
- Smart home panels
- Industrial control interfaces
These are just a few of the applications of M5Paper, sky is the limit when it comes to applications for this.