Jason Eppink of the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria New York has been working on a great little project that shows subtitles on an external Crystalfontz LCD, while the video plays on a monitor above. The project is open source on GitHub. Project Details It uses a Raspberry Pi to play the videos. … Read more Crystalfontz in the movies? Well, almost!
When working with a 20×4 character LCD, you might be surprised to see the controller set to 2-line mode: Write_To_LCD(COMMAND,0x38); //SET 2 LINE,5*8 FONT Why would a 4-line LCD’s controller be set to 2-line mode? It has to do with the way the LCD glass is laid out. Essentially the display is the right and … Read more FAQ: Why does the initialization code for a 20×4 LCD specify 2-line mode?
Question from our tech forum: I’m looking to put LCDs on my new servers, which are pretty significantly complex even before you get into the software on them. This customer had a complex set of requirements for LCDs to be used in a server set up. Summary: Need to drive four LEDs, and need 14 … Read more FAQ: LCDs for Servers
Here is a not-so-common customer question: Is it possible to measure server temperatures using 30 different sensors, 200 feet away from the computer? Answer: Yes, this possible! Our WRDOWY17 temperature sensor is a natural choice for this type of application. The Crystalfontz 16×2 character LCD with keypad gives an easy serial or USB interface to 32 WRDOWY17 sensors. … Read more Not So FAQ: Can you use 30 temperature sensors, 200 feet from the PC ?
Our tech support team is often asked for information about “how to code an LCD.” In other words, how do I get started (and what is the best choice) of an LCD module for my project? Answer: The Crystalfontz Advanced LCD Modules are the quickest and easiest way to power up and run your LCD. These … Read more FAQ: How Do I Code For A Crystalfontz LCD?
We have published a sample Arduino Sketch that shows how to drive a Sitronix ST7920 based CFAG14432D 144×32 Graphic LCD in our support forum. With just a few primitive functions, you can create some nice looking displays. We used a Seeeduino v4.2. An Arduino Uno would work just as well. Here is a video overview of … Read more Tutorial: Driving a 144×32 Graphic LCD
Wondering how LCDs are constructed? How liquid crystals create an image? Or how backlights arranged for best viewing? What about different types of connections (SPI and I2C) and ways to drive LCD displays? So many questions. We have answers — check out the new Crystalfontz LCD Glossary. Growing Glossary of LCD Terminology and Acronyms This glossary will … Read more LCD Glossary
In the video tutorial below, the Crystalfontz 128×128 SPI Color TFT display is connected using 4-wire SPI mode and a SparkFun RedBoard. The software demonstrates bit-banged software SPI, or can use hardware SPI. Please see our tech forum for the complete step-by-step written tutorial. One of our Twitter followers posted this update, using an Arduino-compatible board … Read more Tutorial: Connecting a TFT Display Using an Arduino or SparkFun Board
In our last post, we talked about connecting a Raspberry Pi to a Crystalfontz LCD. In this post, we look at connecting an Arduino Uno with a CFA533 I2C LCD with a keypad. This gives you the ability to output and control your Arduino via I2C using a character module with a keypad interface. Let’s Get Started Step … Read more Tutorial: Connect an Arduino to a Crystalfontz 533 Keypad LCD