Getting Started With BADGEr (Easily)





Introduction: Getting Started With BADGEr (Easily)

I'll not be going much into the technical details about the BADGEr and Electronic paper display technologies.

Rather this consider this instructable as the manual for getting started with BADGEr easily


Step 1: Things We Need

  • BADGEr- The e-reader board (or other similar development boards from Adafruit)
  • FTDI Basic from sparkfun

Same as found in lilypad development board or alternatively you can use Adafruit's FTDI Friend.

Step 2: Setting Up the Demo Files

If you are using windows (as most of you will be )

Download the files from github and extract them in your folder arduino folder

If you are up from linux (in my case ubuntu ) , extract your files and merge them with sketchbook folder. (see the images )

Now do the following things :

  • Plug in your card reader into a USB port on your system .
  • Go to files >>home >> sketchbook>>libraries>>EReader>>Examples
  • Copy the folders named "Album" , "Images" and unifont.wff to your SD Card.
  • `Now insert the card back to BADGEr

Step 3: Upload the Code and Viola!

  • Plug in your USB Cable and select COM Port
  • Select the board as "

    Arduino Pro Mini 3v3 8MHz"

  • Go to examples>>EReader>>Ereader_Demo and upload the code

That's all for now.


  • bamseline made it!


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Questions & Answers


Cool! Though I never liked seeed products after my mp3 shield

Nice introduction.

Might be fine to have a tut for making own WIF images, too. Is there an easy way without using the python script from WyoLum?

Thanks for feedback , I'll add a new tutorial for .wif images. I don't think there is another method. One will have to tweak a lot with their library in order to do so but definitaly doable

Tutorial would be great, but I won't be able to use the because the Python Imaging Library is not easy installable on a Windows 64bit System - what I am using at work. I was going along with this page:

I'm aware of the fact that it is difficult to install both PIL and NumPy on 64 bit system. Have you tried installing for a 32 bit system ?

Worked for me :)