With the development of technology, our usual contact information consultation is also obtained through mobile phones. Mobile phones have replaced traditional books and newspapers, and they use mobile phones to read e-books and browse the web when commuting in the subway. However, the screen of the mobile phone is not suitable for reading text for a long time, and the blue light emitted by the traditional LCD screen may make the eyes feel tired. The ink screen is different. Although the color is monotonous, due to the characteristics of the ink screen, the light it emits will not harm the eyes, and the stronger the light, the clearer the display. So maybe it is a good choice for the calendar ink screen I want to design.Hardware Composition
In order to get local weather conditions and time, it is a good thing to use the powerful Raspberry Pi 3b+ as the main controller, because Raspberry 3B. Not only does it have WiFi functionality, but also Python code development.
2.7'' Triple-Color E Ink Display for Raspberry Pi
The display is of course using an ink screen. After a comprehensive price/performance comparison, the 2.7'' Triple-Color E Ink Display for Raspberry Pi from Seeed is used.
2.7'' Triple-Color E Ink Display for Raspberry Pi Driver
Since the official C++ library does not have a python library, I found a similar python driver code by consulting the relevant information, due to the difference between the hardware, we successfully transplanted the python driver code found on the Internet to our hardware by modifying the pin number. The specific operation is as follows:
step 1: download the corresponding library file
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/waveshare/e-Paper.git
step 2: Open the four pin numbers in the
epdconfig.py file and change them to
RST_PIN = 13,
DC_PIN = 6,
CS_PIN = 5,
BUSY_PIN = 19.
cd ~ nano ~/e-Paper/Raspberry\ Pi/python3/lib/epdconfig.py
step 2: Run the demo
cd ~/e-Paper/Raspberry\ Pi/python3/examples/ python3 epd_2in7b_test.py
Calendar Software Design
This design is based on Inky-Calendar. We can run the following command to install the dependencies.
bash -c "$(curl -sL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aceisace/Inky-Calendar/Stable/Installer-with-debug.sh)"
For detailed procedures for installing dependencies, please refer to Inky-Calendar. Below I will briefly describe my design process. First, we need to do the cloud weather collection on our device, obviously OpenWeatherMap is very suitable for us.
Step 1: Click on Detailed Guide to navigate to the 'OpenWeatherMap` guide page, which will teach you how to subscribe to a free service.
Step 2: You can set the
OpenWeatherMap related parameters according to the
Settings.py file provided by Seeed_Elink_Raspberry_calendar and save it to the corresponding Folder.
Step 3: You can run the code below to see the corresponding weather information.
git clone https://github.com/hansonCc/Seeed_Elink_Raspberry_calendar.git cd ~/Seeed_Elink_Raspberry_calendar/python3 python3 Calendar.py
Then, we need to display the collected time and weather information on the top of the '2.7'' Triple-Color E Ink Display for Raspberry Pi. In order to make the desired GUI, we specifically refer to Inky-Calendar The above model, the actual running effect is as follows:
Finally, in order to prevent the Raspberry Pi from powering down, the program stops running, we will boot from the boot.
Step 1: Create a new
cd ~/Seeed_Elink_Raspberry_calendar nano startup.sh
Step 2: Add the following content to the
Step 3: Open the
/etc/rc.local file and add it before
sudo -u pi /home/pi/Seeed_Elink_Raspberry_calendar/startup.sh