SailRacer inkDisplay, e-paper fit for a boat?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. I think this is a great idea. I have had every kindle they have made, and love the paperwhite screens for when I am in bright sun on the boat or on a beach somewhere. Making a marine instrument seems like a pretty logical next step.

    I wonder how it will do with polarized sunglasses – probably pretty good. Even the best instruments from Ray, Navico, and Garmin have issues offset from them with polarization. I would imagine eInk wouldn’t.

    • Hi Steve, they don’t … I have a couple of e-paper screens in my boat (home grown) and the effect is amazing. The only problem with the Chinese e-reader tech is that the hardware and OS are not of good quality (Joachim owns the screen from this article, which are also based on cheap Chinese e-readers, and he told me he had the same problems).

      If only a Carta2+ e-ink HAT was available for RPi3+! If you’re interested in my solution, ping me on slack.

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