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Description: Most widgets could benefit from a shiny touchscreen interface. Unfortunately, it's usually not easy to hook up a touchscreen and driving a display is often too taxing on your controller. 4D Systems has solved this problem by creating a series of touchscreens with on-board controllers then combining them with adapters for popular platforms like Raspberry Pi and Arduino!

The Raspberry Pi Display Module Pack includes a uLCD-43-PT 4.3" LCD Display with Resistive Touch, a 4D Pi Adapter and 5 way interface cable. It customizes the uLCD-43-PT Display specifically for interfacing with the Raspberry Pi, to provide a quick and easy interface without any wiring hassles.

The RPi Display Kit lets you quickly connect the 4D Pi Adapter Shield to your Raspberry Pi, connect the 5 way cable between the Adapter and the Display Module, and be connected in seconds to start programming. There's even a comprehensive library written to communicate with the Raspberry Pi, allowing Visi-Genie (A serial-based interface design tool) events to be easily understood by the Raspberry Pi and user code.

Like the other displays from 4D Systems you will need a USB Serial adapter to program this module. Unfortunately, our FTDI Basic Breakout won't work. Check the related items below for 4D Systems' FT232RQ breakout.

Note: This is not a monitor for the Raspberry Pi, it is an LCD module that requires programming.

Features:

  • uLCD-43-PT Display Module with Resistive Touch
  • 4D Pi Adapter Shield
  • 5 way ribbon cable (this is not the Programming Cable)
  • Display Module powered directly off the Raspberry Pi's 5V bus
  • Serial commands from the Raspberry Pi
  • Comprehensive Raspberry Pi Libraries (For Serial or ViSi-Genie)

Documents:

Comments 15 comments

  • Resistive touch is so 20th century… :/

  • Resolution: 480x272 for the uLCD-43 by the way

  • I had a hard time getting the calculator demo to work. The demo project was set up for 9600 baud and I could not get communication until I set the projects baud to 115200.

  • Is it possible to hook up two of these to one RPi?

  • Annoying gotcha alert: if you intend to use any of the GUI design tools or modify the programming of the board (which is the whole point) you need one of these adapters

  • I will try to use one .. I like Resolution

  • Is this using a Sharp LQ043 series display? I have one that I really need a driver board for, this board would be perfect if I can get one sans the display!

  • Arduino, or RPi… Ugh.. Why do you make us choose?!? What if I want to buy the screen separately and hook it to a basic stamp, or my microwave oven?! PLEASE sell these screens separately from the adapter boards so we can buy 2 adapters and one screen, or two screens, and one adapter, etc….

    Also.. How about a nice case for a screen mounted on an arduino or RPi, making a nice project box for a “final” project??

    • Mouser sells the Arduino shield (971-ARDUINOADPTRSHLD) and RPi adapter (971-4DSERIALPIADPTR) separately if you need them. They are inexpensive because they only pickup power and the serial port (4 wires) … everything else resides on the display module.

    • The adapter shield actually holds the programming. 4D designed it that way, not Sparkfun. Take a look at the images. It even looks like it has a microSD card slot. Interesting. Brief doc says you can store multimedia on it for animations and such, or for things such as data logging.

      • Actually, the programming is held on the board behind the screen. All the adapter shield does it break out the pins on the back to the Arduino or RPi footprint. Technically, the RPi and Arduino shield can be interchanged if you’re willing to do some wiring.

        • @CrazyCreator - have you seen any examples of how to rewire the RPi to Arduino Adapter. In light of Arduino Kit availability - might be a good fit.

          Gaver

  • In any way does this has the ability to act as a screen for RPi, I mean shows the OS GUI?

    • It could be, in a sense. You can’t see the GUI, however by default, the Raspbian kernel enables command line output over the serial interface at 115200 baud. I have connected the serial lines to a BlueSmiRF silver and opened a serial terminal on my laptop, I must say it’s really quite cool. I suppose you could program the screen to act as a simple serial terminal and it would work.

    • I was wondering the same thing.


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