ePaper, E-ink, Magic. Whatever you want to call them these displays are a lot of fun to look at and use!

Amber bought me one of these displays from Adafruit for Christmas and I’ve been looking for a project to use with it. I also recently started getting interested in ESP32 microcontrollers and decided using an ESP32 and the ePaper display to make a Youtube stats screen that can be on display in our living room. It lets us quickly glance at our subscribers and channel views and its really cool!

It pulls data using YouTube API calls and it was really easy to integrate. I built out a WiFi join experience which displays a QR code on the E-Ink screen to allow you to join the access point on the ESP to configure it to connect to a local WiFi network. I’m also planning to add functionality to show watch hours sometime down the road when I get around to it.

It was a lot of fun learning to use the ESP32 and I have a lot more fun projects planned to use them in. I’ve definitely bought way too many ESP32 devices over the last couple weeks so there’s no turning back now!

Adafruit ESP32 Feather – https://amzn.to/38m1O0v
E-Ink display – https://www.adafruit.com/product/1028