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Source Code Repository

The source code to the Repaper software is hosted by GitHub. The example programs are in Sketches directory.

Development Tools

This project officially supports both the Arduino-based and Ti LaunchPad platforms.


The Arduino web site has download links for Windows, Mac OS/X and other operating systems.

Note: Java is necessary to run the GUI, but it is possible to install a command line only version.

TI LaunchPad

The Energia IDE can be downloaded from their Home Page, Windows, Mac OS/X and Linux are supported and this needs Java to be installed.

Example Programs


  1. The programs below only support the COG V1 using the EPD library.
  2. There is preliminary support for COG V2 by the EPD2 and EPD2_GFX libraries since the driving sequence is very different.
  3. There are initial translations of demo into demo2, also command2, flash_loader2 and thermo2 from corresponding originals.
  4. The COG V2 can be used with current extension board
  5. The COG V2 does not use PWM - this can be disconnected from the LaunchPad/Arduino.

The example programs support both the Arduino (Atmel AVR) and the Energia (TI LaunchPad with MSP430G2553).

The files include some conditional code to switch between the two platforms. This code does the following:

  1. Convert PROGMEM types to normal types for the TI MCU since it has a unified address space.

  2. Adjust the I/O pins definitions and ADC reference for differences between the two platforms.

Demo Sketch

Link to the demo source.

This example first clears the screen, then toggles between two images. Needs the serial port (9600 8N1) connected and displays the version, temperature and compensation values on each cycle.

This is built upon the EPD API in the libraries folder and shows how to use the API to display images from the MCU FLASH. Only a few images are possible to be stored since the on-chip FLASH is limited.

Not: This will not run on the TI LaunchPad with a 2.7" display as the resulting code exceeds the 16kB memory size, only 1.44" and 2.0" will fit on this platform.

Command Sketch

Link to the command source.

A command-line example that accepts single character command from the serial port (9600 8N1). Functions include XBM upload to the SPI FLASH chip on the EPD evaluation board, display image from this FLASH and several other functions.

Use the h command on the serial port (9600 8N1) to obtain a list of commands. Some of the commands are shown like e<ss> this represents a two digit FLASH sector number in the range 00..ff (a total of 256 sectors). The 1.44" and 2.0" display images take one sector but the 2.7" displays take two adjacent sectors.

When using the serial monitor on Arduino/Energia IDE any command that take a hex number as parameter needs a <space> character after it, as the Send button will not automatically add a CR/LF. For single letter commands like the t temperature sensor read just type the character and click Send.

The 4 stage display cycle is split into two separate commands. The r command removes an image and the i command displays an image. e.g. if the current image was from sector 30 and you wanted to change to sector 43 then type r30<space>i43<space> into the serial monitor and click Send.

The upload command u need a terminal emulator with ASCII upload capability or the ability to respond to a paste of the entire contents of an XBM file. Also note that the u command does not erase the sector before uploading. To use the upload to upload an XBM into sector 3b for example type u3b<space> then start the ASCII upload or paste the contents of the XBM file into the terminal window on upload completion an image size message is displayed.

The image stored is compatible with the flash_loader sketch as described below and that program can be used to cycle through a set of images uploaded by this program.

Flash Loader Sketch

Link to the flash loader source.

this program has two modes of operation:

  1. Copy a #included image to the FLASH chip on the eval board. define the image name and the destination sector. After programming the image will be displayed

  2. Display a sequence of images from the FLASH chip on the eval board. A list of sector numbers an millisecod delay times defined by the DISPLAY_LIST macro to enable this mode. In this mode the flash programming does not occur. The images are stored in the same format as the command program above, so any images uploaded by it can be displayed by this program

Thermo Sketch (Arduino Mega only)

Link to the thermo source.

A frame buffer graphic demo uses 4800 bytes of SRAM for 2.0" display so is restricted to Arduino Mega or ATmega1280/ATmega2560 chip designs. It draws a temperature display in digits and a simple scale plus a few graphic elements. Delays for a minute then refreshes the display.

Amslide Sketch (AlaMode)

Link to the amslide source.

A demonstration slide show for the 2.0" display connected to a Wyolum AlaMode. This is basically an Arduino Uno (ATMega328) type of device that can be connected directly to a Raspberry-Pi and programmed from the Arduino IDE running on a Raspberry-Pi (see the Wyolum web sit to get started.

This demo simply displays images from a card in the AlaMode microSD slot; a file index.txt lists the files to be displayed and how many seconds to display the image. The format is that each line has the number of seconds as a decimal integer, a space and the image file path.

The images are binary files that match the display, there is a zip file containing some demo images and a sample index.txt. Just unzip this file to the root of a micro SD card, download the amdemo.ino and the images will be displayed continuously. When the serial monitor is running the names of the files will be displayed.

The images in the sample are derived from the XBM library images using the Command: tail -n +4 "${xbm}" | xxd -r -p > "${bin}" Where the variables xbm represents the XBM source file and bin represents the binary output file name. This results in the bytes in the binary file having the same values as the hex numbers in the XBM file. Note that the Arduino SD code uses the 8.3 file name format so choose a compatible name e.g. cat.20

Portability - This should work on other Arduinos that have an SD or micro SD interface either directly attached or on a plug-in shield; but may need some changes to I/O pin order if the SD CS is not routed to Pin 10 as in AlaMode case.


Link to the libraries source. (copy all of these to you local libraries folder)

  • Images - Sample XBM files. The demo program includes two of these directly. The Command program can use these files for its upload command.
  • FLASH - Driver for the SPI FLASH chip on the EPD eval board.
  • EPD - E-Ink Panel driver (COG V1).
  • EPD2 - E-Ink Panel driver (COG V2) experimental.
  • EPD_GFX - This sub-classes the Adafruit_GFX library which needs to be downloaded an installed in to the libraries folder an named Adafruit_GFX. IMPORTANT - This library module needs at least 8 kBytes of SRAM on the AVR MCU to function. So can only this can be used with Arduino Mega or ATmega1280/ATmega2560 chip designs.
  • S5813A - Temperature sensor driver.

Connection of EPD board to Arduino

See: Using the Extension board with Ardunio (HTML, PDF) by Adafruit

The board needs a cable to connect to the Arduino. The EPD boards are dual voltage and include a 3.3V regulator for the EPD panel and level converters and so it can directly connect to the 5 Volt Arduinos. Note that the board uses the SPI interface, which is on different pins depending on the particular Arduino version. The Extension Board has a table of Pin Assignments for some Arduinos; the main difference is the three SPI pin (SI, SO, CLK) location which vary between the various Arduinos an can be on dedicated pins, overlapped with Digital I/O or shared with the ICSP header.

EPD with Arduino Mega Photo by <a href="">Bill Earl</a>

Connection of EPD board to LaunchPad

The board simply plugs onto the LaunchPad, just be sure to orient the board correctly; when correctly oriented the LaunchPad S1 and S2 buttons will clear of the board:

EDP with LaunchPad

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