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Newbie question about hardware.
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Newbie question about hardware.

by Aggerholm on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:09 am

Hello!

I'm about to make a system where I need to show some data on a screen which is as tiny as possible. Helpful people pointed me to this site, where it seems that the display, "OLED Breakout Board - 16-bit Color 0.96" w/microSD holder", looks like the right thing.

However, eventhough I know programming and electronics, I unfortunately don't know Arduino! So, this is the chance to learn it!

Everybody have to start somewhere, and I would very much like to try this display and the Arduino called "Arduino Uno R3 (Atmega328 - assembled)", following the tutorial here: http://learn.adafruit.com/downloads/pdf ... r-oled.pdf

So far so good.

As I'd like some kind of "base" where I can start, I have a question:
If I obtain these two products, the mentioned display and the Arduino board, will I be able to show graphics and text of my own choise programmatically?
The system of course will need some input, like a start-signal, a stop-signal, and maybe a few more. The graphics will be on the SD-card.
But do I need more? (I do understand I have to use a computer for the programming etc., I'm more thinking of the hardware).

I hope someone can answer this little question, and I'm looking forward to the day the display is in stock.

For the curious ones I can tell, I need it to make a scoreboard for my hobby-project: Construction of the Worlds Smallest Race Track.
It will be half the size of this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OPAA_A5iwc

Wish me luck ;-)

Sincerely/Best regards
Mads Aggerholm
Denmark
http://www.scandione.com
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Re: Newbie question about hardware.

by adafruit_support_bill on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:26 am

If I obtain these two products, the mentioned display and the Arduino board, will I be able to show graphics and text of my own choise programmatically?

Yes. You can display vector graphics, text or bitmaps using the Adafruit GFX library.

But do I need more? (I do understand I have to use a computer for the programming etc., I'm more thinking of the hardware).

You will need:
    A USB cable for programming.
    A micro SD card for storing bitmap graphics
    A battery pack or power supply - if you plan to run this disconnected from your computer.

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Re: Newbie question about hardware.

by Aggerholm on Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:46 am

Thank you for the fast answer.

I'll place an order as soon the display is in stock.

Sincerely/Best regards
Mads Aggerholm
Denmark
http://www.scandione.com
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