Make a Qwiic-enabled digital desk sign with a MicroMod SAMD51 Processor Board's USB Host and a USB keyboard!
"Where's Bobby?" A question that comes up when at work. While our Product Documentation Lead, Bobby Chan, is usually at his desk, there are times that he needs to walk away for lunch, take a 15-minute break, head into a meeting, or check inventory. To help notify others of where he may be, he made the Qwiic-enabled digital desk sign using the SAMD51's USB host and a USB keyboard to type short custom messages while he's away!
In this tutorial, you learn how to build a handy LCD system utilizing our Qwiic Connect and MicroMod ecosystems that displays whatever data you want to share with your coworkers, family, friends, or enemies. If this sounds like a project that you want to build, or if you've ever wanted to get started with Qwiic and/or MicroMod, this is a perfect starting place.
Ooo, I like some of these ideas for improvement. I could fit more characters on the screen and though I'd have to figure out how to connect to the the USB pins. Besides keeping track of when I left my desk, the Qwiic RTC could act as a clock when I'm at my desk.
A couple of quick Qwiik ideas for improvement:
I'm wondering if it would be possible to use the SparkFun MicroMod Input and Display Carrier Board instead of the carrier board and display specified. Although more programming would be involved, the user could use the 5-way button to scroll through the "canned" (or even "previously used") messages.
Add a Real Time Clock such as SparkFun Real Time Clock Module - RV-8803 (Qwiic), and program it so that the viewer could see the time the message was left as well as the current time. (This might be good for "Restroom call - back in a few minutes", or maybe "My coffee cup runneth under -- back soon!")
Anyway, it is a neat idea!