This post was written by Brent, one of Crystalfontz’s engineers. Brent’s Voltmeter Build I have an RV that has both a vehicle electrical system and a camper electrical system. I wanted a way to see the voltages of both systems at a glance while driving. I tried some cheesey voltmeters from e-bay and some other … Read more Dual Voltmeter for RV Electrical Systems
Brand new to displays? This post is the perfect start point. What does “display” mean? When we say “display” we are speaking generally about all LCD, TFT, OLED, and ePaper displays. Sometimes displays are included in a module that adds features and these modules are still called “displays” so that can certainly be confusing. In … Read more What is a Display?
Once a quarter, we take a beat to round up our latest releases. You can see previous product round ups here. 3.5″ Display Family Completely new to the website is a family of 3.5″ Sunlight readable IPS TFT LCDs. This family includes a non-touch, capacitive touch, and resistive touch display. The bright backlight makes this … Read more New Products from Q2
Kevin Choi is back at it with neat projects. Last time, it was Transparent OLED smart glasses, this time a cuff-style watch with an embedded flexible OLED! This watch uses our flexible OLED bent into the cuff chassis. A button on an attached ring allows Kevin to turn the OLED on and off (a smart … Read more Flexible OLED Smart Watch
One of our engineers spotted a familiar key pad when watching this video: You can see a CFA533 or CFA633 a few times in this video. It appears that Intel uses our modules throughout their testing and development facility. The first sight is during the intro, just quick enough you might miss it: Then, there’s … Read more Crystalfontz In the Wild: Linus Tech Tips
How do TFTs show color? What is color depth for RGB displays? What is the difference between 16.7M colors and 262k? Let’s explore it! How Do TFT LCDs Show Color? To start, let’s discuss how RGB LCDs work. TFT LCDs (thin film transistor liquid crystal displays) comprise a series of layers: Each pixel of a … Read more RGB and Color Depth
We recently replaced our family of CFAO12864D3 graphic LCD displays with a new family of 128×64 low power backlit LCDs, but we have some of the Blue D3 displays left in stock. They’re great displays with bright backlights and we have an Arduino-shield style breakout board for them, so they’re great for hobby builders! A … Read more Arduino Shield LCD Giveaway!
7″ EVE TFT New to our EVE display line-up and our biggest EVE display yet, the 7″ EVE uses Bridgetek’s BT817 to simplify integrating this display. This display module has 1024×600 pixels, a capacitive touchscreen, a sunlight readable backlight, mounting stand-offs, and can be powered off a single 5v voltage source. Product Changes As with … Read more Spring ’22: New Products
As you’re likely aware, electronics shortages and supply chain problems have amplified from ripples to big waves in the past few months. Back in December 2020, we released a blog post warning about some shortages, and the market has not settled. We are actively working with our suppliers to make sure we have the displays … Read more New Products and a Supply Chain Update
This guide will walk through how to get started with one of our small full color OLED displays. Then, we’ll talk about a super quick and easy project to do with this display – a photo slideshow! The display we’ll be using is a 0.96″ full color OLED. We have two versions of this display, … Read more Tiny OLED Full Color Slideshow
Kevin Choi’s Transparent OLED Glasses with Fresnel Lenses We’ve seen a lot of people making glasses out of our transparent OLEDs, but this is the first iteration we’ve seen that uses lenses to make the display viewable. Kevin Choi (@k.choiii) shared some details of his build with us. Check out his page for more images … Read more Transparent OLED Smart Glasses