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PaPiRus is a Raspberry Pi HAT module that brings you affordable ePaper displays. Add low power display tech to your project today!
PaPiRus is a Raspberry Pi HAT module that brings you affordable ePaper displays. Add low power display tech to your project today!
PaPiRus is a Raspberry Pi HAT module that brings you affordable ePaper displays. Add low power display tech to your project today!
792 backers pledged £36,151 to help bring this project to life.

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PaPiRus - the ePaper Screen HAT for your Raspberry Pi

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! WE ARE SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED AND PAST 2 OF OUR STRETCH GOALS!!

WHERE TO BUY AFTER KICKSTARTER ENDS?

If you have found this page after the end date (8pm UK time, 31st March 2015) then you will not be able to pledge via Kickstarter. However you can still get the PaPiRus by visiting one of the following links:

Pi Supply Pre Order

BackerKit Pre Order

The PaPiRus will also likely be available in the future (once we have fulfilled all of the Kickstarter rewards and pre orders) via a number of distribution and retail partners. We will announce these as they come on board.

Make sure to keep an eye on our website at www.pi-supply.com and the Kickstarter updates in the coming weeks and please visit our Twitter and Facebook pages and give us a like/share at www.twitter.com/PiSupplyand www.facebook.com/PiSupply respectively.

What is PaPiRus?

PaPiRus is a versatile ePaper display HAT for the Raspberry Pi with screens ranging from 1.44" to 2.7" in size.

We are very excited to offer this very interesting HAT compatible display breakout for hackers who want to start playing with small ePaper / eInk displays in their Raspberry Pi projects. 

Photo of PaPiRus with large screen mounted on Raspberry Pi 2
Photo of PaPiRus with large screen mounted on Raspberry Pi 2
Raspbian Desktop on PaPiRus 2.7" Screen
Raspbian Desktop on PaPiRus 2.7" Screen

What is ePaper Technology?

ePaper is a display technology that mimics the appearance of ink on paper. Unlike conventional displays, ePaper reflects light – just like ordinary paper – and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely, even without electricity.

Because of this, ePaper displays and Raspberry Pi's are a match made in heaven as together they use a very small amount of power whilst still bringing a display to your project.

The display does not require any power to keep the image and will stay 'on' without any power connection for many days before slowly fading. 

Of course, it's also daylight readable and is very high contrast. 

ePaper Features:

  • Ultra-low-power - Battery Drive/Energy Harvest
  • Easy to Read - Sunlight readable
  • High Resolution - Display small details
  • Thin & Light - Easy to Integrate
  • Green - Paper Replacement
  • Wide Viewing Angle - 180 degrees - like paper
  • Breakage Detection - Detect TFT glass breakage before update
  • Open Waveform - Open driving source and sample project code
PaPiRus with optional slimline switches installed
PaPiRus with optional slimline switches installed

PaPiRus Details 

For the last eight months, we’ve worked hard to get the PaPiRus details nailed down, so you don’t have to worry about them. We are now on our 5th generation design (v1.5) which has been refined based on testing and feedback. The full set of features are shown below.

Features

  • Raspberry Pi HAT compliant design
  • Interchangeable screen sizes (1.44", 2.0" or 2.7")
  • 32MBit Flash Memory
  • Battery Backed Real Time Clock (CR2032 battery included)
  • Easy plug and play operation with onboard EEPROM
  • Digital temperature sensor and thermal watchdog
  • GPIO breakout connector and solder pads
  • Optional reset pin header (for wake on alarm with RTC)
  • 4 x optional slimline switches on top
  • Suitable for 3V3 or 5V power and logic - use with RasPi, Arduino, BeagleBone and many more.
PaPiRus underside with optional pogo pin installed
PaPiRus underside with optional pogo pin installed

Further Details

The displays options included in this offering are all true ePaper / eInk graphical displays with the following sizes and resolutions: 

  • 1.44" diagonal and 128 x 96 pixel resolution 
  • 2.0" diagonal and 200 x 96 pixel resolution 
  • 2.7" diagonal and 264 x 176 pixel resolution 
1.44", 2.0" and 2.7" screens available
1.44", 2.0" and 2.7" screens available

Software 

The software is all open source and available from the RePaper GitHub page.

The good news is that rePaper/PDI have provided a suite of example code for the Raspberry Pi along with datasheets and other useful information. Tons more information including wiring diagrams, datasheets & and links to example code are available at the main rePaper website! There is even code for how to use the ePaper screens with Arduino and BeagleBone.

We have also just introduced a £45k stretch goal (see below) in order to provide some enhanced software above and beyone what is included in the free rePaper offering from Pervasive Displays. The plan is to include an easy installer for the software, a load more example scripts (including one to push the Raspbian desktop to the ePaper screen) and potentiall even a web app for managing what is on the screen. As part of this we will also provide tutorials on how to use all of the interesting new features.

Pledges Explained

PaPiRus Pledge Options
PaPiRus Pledge Options

Stretch Goals

We're now over 550% funded! Your support has been incredible and we are so grateful! Over the last few days we planned out some great additions for PaPiRus stretch goals. Please keep backing and sharing our campaign so we can make this project even better!

£25,000 - Optional Buttons (Included For Free!)
PaPiRus £25k Stretch Goal
PaPiRus £25k Stretch Goal

£35,000 - Optional Reset Pin (Included For Free!)

PaPiRus £35k Stretch Goal
PaPiRus £35k Stretch Goal

 £45,000 - Improved PaPiRus Software (Included For Free!)

PaPiRus £45k Stretch Goal
PaPiRus £45k Stretch Goal

Spread The Word! 

Thanks for looking at our project and for your support in bringing it to life. Even bigger thanks if you have made a pledge to our project. You’re awesome :) 

To unlock any PaPiRus stretch goals we need to keep the project growing - so even if you can't support with a pledge, why not help us by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks or blogs you use. Click any of the links below to share:

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Or just use the project shortlink http://kck.st/1KhPAB2 to share by any other method! And you can also use #PaPiRus to get our attention on Twitter. And while you're there, why not like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.facebook.com/PiSupply and www.twitter.com/PapirusPi

PaPiRus in clamp with optional switches installed
PaPiRus in clamp with optional switches installed

Meet The Team 

We're a team of Raspberry Pi geeks, entrepreneurs, students and designers, and we are extremely passionate about empowering people (young, old or in between) to understand and master the technology of today and tomorrow. The development of PaPiRus has been an exciting journey and here’s everyone who’s involved in the PaPiRus project... 

Aaron Shaw - Project Leader

Aaron is the brains behind the PaPiRus. He has been working hard to bring this product to fruition for over 8 months. Being the Founder of Pi Supply, Aaron has been designing, creating, and selling many Raspberry Pi adds on for over 3 years! Without Aaron, this Kickstarter wouldn't have been possible.

Jurijs Jonass - Engineer 

Jurijs is the guy who brought PaPiRus to life. With 10 years + in PCB creation, Jurijs knows how to make all chips, bits and LEDS do exactly what they need to do to make sure PaPiRus is awesome and working correctly. 

John Whiting - Marketing

John is the guy behind the coordination of this campaign and getting the word out about PaPiRus. He's been the decision maker on tasks aimed at helping to build awareness of the Kickstarter. 

Jaden Randall - Photography and Video

Jaden is the "guy behind the camera" who shot and edited the entire Kickstarter video for the PaPiRus campaign. 

Louis Reed - Graphic Design

Louis rocks the design for the PaPiRus! All the epic graphics and animations you see on this page were crafted by Louis.

PaPiRus shown with optional FPC GPIO breakout
PaPiRus shown with optional FPC GPIO breakout

CREDITS

This Kickstarter project could not have got to where it is without the support of many incredible people!

A big thank you goes out to Nick Pestell for his help with creating some awesome tutorials for the PaPiRus so all our backers can dive straight into creating cool projects. We would also like to thank Charming Su and others from Pervasive Displays for all their technical help with the ePaper screens for this project. Last but not least, we would like to thank Tours for their song Enthusiast which features in our video - this came from the brilliant Free Music Archive and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

There are many others in the Raspberry Pi community as well as all our families who have provided support and feedback throughout the project. We couldn't have done it without you!!

Risks and challenges

There are not many risks and challenges because, as stated in the video, we have a 5th generation prototype. The PCB design is already finalised and tested and is working great. We have production quality units in hand and they have been confirmed to be working correctly.

We have quotes from a variety of suppliers for both PCB manufacture and assembly and have line up our ePaper screen supplier. This should mitigate any delay in case any of them cannot fulfil our orders in time.

In terms of shipping, the PaPiRus boards will be shipped out to our backers as soon as the materials arrive with us. This should be by mid June for the PCB assemblies and the beginning of July for the ePaper screens. So everyone will have their kits shipped out before the end of July 2015 and arriving shortly after!

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    BUY ONE GIFT ONE: You'll receive a second PaPiRus to give to a worthy cause of your choice OR you can choose for us to donate it to the Raspberry Pi Foundation or one of our charity partners to support their amazing work. Choose any screen size you would like.

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    EARLY BIRD MULTI SCREEN: The first 100 backers get the multi screen package for the reduced price of £60. This includes one of the PaPiRus HAT boards, and one each of the 1.44", 2.0" and 2.7" Pervasive Displays screens - perfect for every application. Also includes everything you need to get started. Plus a PaPiRus sticker.

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