2013 Open Hardware Summit badge includes ePaper display


Take a look at this sexy piece for open hardware. It’s what you’ll be wearing around your neck at the Open Hardware Summit this year. WyoLum teamed up with Repaper for the display and Seeed Studios for the boards.

It’s called the BADGEr and it’s both an Arduino and and Arduino shield. There are several different power options; coin-cell, microUSB, unpopulated barrel jack, or the lanyard terminals if you want to wear the power supply around your neck. You can see the five momentary push buttons see above, but on the back you’ll find the microSD card slot along with a power switch for preserving the coin cell.

Check out the video below for a quick look. In addition to acting as your credentials the conference schedule comes preloaded. And of course, this is an Open Source design so you can dig through schematic, board artwork, and code at the page linked above. Oh, and the first hack has already been pulled off. Here’s the badge reading Crime and Punishment.

Speaking of conference badges, DEF CON starts this week. Hackaday writer [Eric Evenchick] will be there and we hope he has a chance to look in on some of the badge hacking at the event.


  1. Kuy says:

    That’s just nuts. I love it!

  2. DainBramage1991 says:

    I’d love to get my hands on one of those.

  3. Chad says:

    mmmm def con badge. can’t wait.

  4. Between this and Defcon badges, badges are fast becoming an art form!

    Does anyone know what display it is and, more importantly to me, how much it costs?

  5. Mystick says:

    Now that’s kewl.

  6. polytechnick says:

    This is super cool, thanks for the tip! Somehow I missed the very fact of existence of small 1.4, 2.0 and 2.7″ ePaper displays as well as the whole Repaper project http://repaper.org Gotta go catch up on some ePaper reading now …

  7. If you guys want to play with the same eink LCD, Check out Embedded Artist 2.7in E-Paper


    and the eink LCD only


  8. william J. Bender says:

    Where can I get one, love it

  9. Galane says:

    With goodies like these badges, how bloody expensive are tickets to these conventions?

  10. daqq says:

    I’d love one of these and to go to the summit, too bad the summit is on the other side of the world :(

  11. Mateusz says:

    Um, “check the video below”? I can’t seem to see any? Or is it just me?

  12. Thanks Mike for the great summary.

    @Mateusz, I think Mike was referring to JimmieP’s vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a32nMMYxrX4

    Sign up for conference here: http://ohs2013.ticketleap.com/tickets/

    Last year was by far the best conference I have ever attended.

  13. James says:

    Great badge! I noticed in the video it also shows your QR code, but that means you need your phone to share these details. It would have been nice if they had added the option to wirelessly (e.g. through BLE or NFC) share your contact details (+ picture) directly onto the other badges, so at the end of the conference, your badge will contain all the people you met.

    • Great idea James. In fact before we had the EPD at all, that is the direction we were heading. As it turned out we were already so far above the original budget, that we had to strip out everything possible. The QR code allowed us to keep some semblance of the original idea.

  14. Destate9 says:

    damn… DAMN… I want one

  15. cplamb says:

    Been to all the Summits when they were nearby in NYC. When they chose Boston this year I decided not to go. Darn!

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