E-Ink new product: combine nostalgia and innovation, assemble your own ePiPod by yourself

ePiPod is a portable music player that combines retro design and modern technology. It successfully blends the classic Apple iPod appearance with the powerful performance of Raspberry Pi and E Ink display technology, giving music lovers a portable music player that combines retro design with modern technology. A product that has a sense of nostalgia and is full of innovative spirit.

This ePiPod project is actually based on the PiPod project of Bram from the Netherlands, and American electronic engineer Del Hatch replaced the LCD screen of the device with a 2.2-inch (resolution 250x122) E Ink display purchased from Waveshare for US$6.9 screen to create the ePiPod. This e-ink screen is still clearly visible in a well-lit environment and has extremely low energy consumption, which can greatly extend battery life. Unlike traditional LCD displays, E Ink screens consume almost no power when display content does not need to be updated, making the ePiPod ideal for long hours of music playback.

The core of the ePiPod is a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) designed by Bram , which integrates the required electronic devices, including a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W single-board computer, which gives the entire device sufficient computing power and flexible scalability. The baseboard itself is equipped with a 24-bit DAC chip to play high-quality music, and a 3.5mm plug allows users to connect wired headphones.

The design of ePiPod is inspired by the classic iPod, with circular control buttons and a simple interface, making it easy and intuitive to operate. This combination of retro and modern technology makes the ePiPod not only evoke people's nostalgia for the classic iPod in appearance, but also gives it modern functions. Through the openness of Raspberry Pi, users can freely install and use various music playing software to achieve a high degree of personalization.

One of the great features of the ePiPod is its DIY nature. This music player allows users to assemble and debug by themselves, providing a great creative space for enthusiasts with strong hands-on skills. Both Del Hatch and Bram provide detailed production guides for their products to help users complete their own ePiPod step by step. Because it is based on the Raspberry Pi platform, ePiPod is highly scalable. Users can choose to add various modules and accessories, such as Bluetooth modules, WiFi modules, etc., to further enhance its functions with a high degree of freedom.

Dear readers, are you interested in assembling your own ePiPod?


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