e-Ink-based Touch Switch – Electronics For You

e-ink displays are quite impressive as they use ink molecules that get electrically activated – even if the power supply is turned off. The designs made using an e-ink never fade away, as if they were printed on paper with a normal ink pen.

e-ink does not use any LED or OLED light unlike conventional display systems. e-ink displays only need electricity whenever the display needs to be refreshed while consuming very less power.

In this project, you will to make a power efficient IoT touch switch that consumes very less power and gives an impress Smart Home switching experience.We will use the E-INK display and a ower own design solid state relay that needs power and consumes electricity only when we need the switching So let’s begin our project with shopping of following components.

 

Bill Of Material

Coding 

First we need to prepare the raspberry pi with the latest raspbian os then we have to install the library so we can control the gpi and be able to interface the E-Ink Display. To install the library open the linux terminal and run the following in linux terminal 

sudo pip3 install gpiozero

wget http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/bcm2835/bcm2835-1.68.tar.gz

tar zxvf bcm2835-1.68.tar.gz 

cd bcm2835-1.68/

sudo ./configure && sudo make && sudo make check && sudo make install

sudo apt-get install wiringpi

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

sudo apt-get install python3-pil

sudo apt-get install python3-numpy

sudo pip3 install RPi.GPIO

sudo pip3 install spidev

cd ~

git clone https://github.com/waveshare/Touch_e-Paper_HAT

After installation the library for E-INK display we can now prepare the code 

First we have create a UI with icon pic  for the appliance we want to control then we have save that pic with same size our E-INk display is then we have to run the code to preview hat pic on E-INK display you get that code inside E-INK library folder after displaying the UI PI turn off the Rpi and code as We know the display will remain with same image even after power off until we refresh display because E-INK display uses the special technology of INK molecule that can be activities electrically and it remain on display as printed INK on paper.Net we will create the code that will check the touch points on touch E-INK display and then turn on/of and do task when we touch on particular Icon of appliance on E-Ink display to control them.

First we will import the the library and module and then we will define the pin number for controlling the appliance then we will check the touch points on display where we have touch on E-INK display and next we will create a while loop where we will define the function to toggle the led to control the appliance what we want to control if the the touch point is within the range of icon on display then the led to control that appliance with toggle 

 

Fig 4. Code importing module
Fig 5. Getting touchpoints.
Fig 6.Code for controlling appliance

Connection 

Now after creating the code connect the leds on raspberry pi pins as in circuit diagram and then make the solid state relay using TRIAC to control the AC appliance and nexxt fix everything in box of touch E-INK display as in pics below and put the E-INK Touch display on raspberry pi GPIO and connect and fix each other on the top of E-INK display box as in pic .

Fig 7. Connection of LED to control

 

Fig 8. Connection with LEDS and TRiac and AC appliance
Fig 9.Fixing Raspberry pi
Fig 9. Connecting and fixing solid state relay
Fig 10. Connecting the E-INK Touch display on raspberry pi
Fig 11.E-INk display Switch
Fig 14. ICON of Touch Switch

Testing 

Now connect the raspberry pi with 5V power supply then plug the relay with AC socket appliances, run the code and then touch the icon on E-INK touch switch to control them.

Fig 15.
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