• Hey guys,

    I'm trying to improve the handling of the GraphicsBuffer for my 3-color (white/black/red) ePaper display.

    So the display expects all pixels for black and all pixels for red to be send with a separate command. So the way it is now setup is, that I have created 2 separate GraphicBuffers of 1bpp each, e.g.

    var g_red=Graphics.createArrayBuffer(264, 176, 1, {msb: true});
    var g_black=Graphics.createArrayBuffer(264, 176, 1, {msb: true});

    Then I write both buffers to the ePaper using different commands:

    //write red
    for (let i=1;i<g_red.buffer.length;i++) writeData(g_red.buffer[i]);
    //write black
    for (let i=1;i<g_black.buffer.length;i++) writeData(g_black.buffer[i]);

    While this is working fine it bothers me, that I have 2 separate buffers to draw to. If I want to draw something in red, I have to use g_red.drawString(...) and for black g_black.drawString(...)

    What I was hoping for was to use a 2bpp buffer and then be able to use setColor do something like this:

    var g_both=Graphics.createArrayBuffer(264, 176, 2, {msb: true});
    //draw in red
    var g_both.setColor(red).drawString(...);
    //draw in black
    var g_both.setColor(black).drawString(...);

    But now, how do I transfer this to the ePaper. It is not as easy is sending every other byte of the buffer using one of the above commands right?

    When I try this, I get weird interlaced results:

    for (let i=0;i<g_both.buffer.length;i+=2) writeData(g_both.buffer[i]);
    for (let i=1;i<g_both.buffer.length;i+=2) writeData(g_both.buffer[i]);

    So if I understand this correctly: lets assume I want to only set the first 8 pixels of the display. When I want to set the first 2 pixels and the last 2 pixels to black, I would have to send the bit value 11000011 or 99 in decimal to the black buffer.

    Now if I want pixels 3-6 to be red, I would need to send bit value 00111100 or 60 to the red buffer.

    I cannot wrap my head around how this would work with a 2bpp graphics buffer though.

    Hope the above is not too confusing.


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