The future is here! The SparkFun Qwiic Transparent Graphical OLED Breakout allows you to display custom images on a transparent screen using either SPI or I2C connections. Brilliantly lit in the dark and still visible by daylight, this OLED sports a display area of 128x64 pixels, 128x56 of which are completely transparent. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system making it easy to get started with your own images. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
The Arduino sketch required to drive this display requires quite a bit of dynamic memory, meaning that it is not going to fit on a smaller controller like an ATmega328. Control of the OLED is based on our new HyperDisplay library and any controller with larger RAM should have no problem. In addition, your 3.3V source should be robust enough to supply around 400mA to the display.
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Hello, I bought this display under the impression that although it is graphical, the Display driver would support writing (drawing) text. However, that is not the case.
customer support said "The display is matrix rather than a character display"
I know, but matrix displays can draw text with a capable driver...)
I found this driver: https://github.com/olikraus/u8g2 That is capable of writing beautiful text on the display!
Open the "Helloworld" example:
Uncomment the following: U8X8_SSD1306_128X64_NONAME_HW_I2C u8x8(/* reset=*/ U8X8_PIN_NONE);
Support 8 lines on the display.
Then write to Position (x) and Line (Y) using the command: u8x8.drawString(0,0,"hELLOW WORLD);
Just what I wanted!
I use it. https://www.denshi.club/cookbook/arduino/mkrzero/mkr-zero-8-oled.html
That's really cool, thanks for sharing your project!
I'm using this display to make a heads up display, and I have to say it works prefect using the thing plus and the hook up guide. I did have issues getting the text to flip so it would display near the bottom by the ribbon cable. After contacting customer service they responded quickly and suggested I contact the author of the font program. So after searching the web for days I decided to try the adafruit ssd1306 library and it worked. then I used ssd1306 asci library and it had display rotation i2c and spi examples and it was exactly what I needed. I have to say the hook up guides are fantastic with links to datasheets and eagle files Thank you Sparkfun for taking the time to support your products. Well done. I will be buying more of theses displays and the wonderful thing plus. If you don't know about the thing plus yet check it out it is amazing.