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Friday, February 15, 2013

Arduino Workshop - Serial LCD Project 1: SparkFun Serial LCD

Hardware Required:

  • Arduino Uno board
  • SparkFun 16x2 Serial LCD

    Hardware Required



Using the breadboard to connect a SparkFun serial LCD module. You can just as easily connect the LCD wires directly to the Arduino.

Project Steps:

  1. Insert the 3-wire cable into the rear of the LCD module
  2. Tightly twist the exposed tips of the wires so they will fit into the Arduino sockets
    *optional: tin (coat) the ends with solder to form a solid strand.
  3. Connect the LCD module to the Arduino pins identified in the schematic
  4. Connect the Arduino unit to your computer with the USB cable
  5. Open the appropriate Hello World sketch into the Arduino software and upload it to your module to test the LCD display.
Things to try: (Arduino Sketch examples)
  • HelloWorld - Basic communication test
  • AutoWrap - demonstrates display's automatic text wrap feature
  • Backlight Fade - demonstrates programmable dimming of LED backlight
  • Blink -Change block cursor style: blinking or non-blinking
  • Cursor -Hide or show the underline cursor
  • Display - demonstrates turning the display text on & off (hide, unhide)
  • ExtendedCmds - demonstrates extended command features in one sketch
  • FakeRPM - demonstrates direct cursor positioning to update message detail
  • RandomMessage - Randomly change a text message on the display
  • Scroll - shift the message display text left or right
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