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Description: The TellyMate Shield equips an Arduino with the ability to send simple text and graphics to a TV. The TellyMate Shield connects to an Arduino board using long headers which extend through the shield. This keeps the pin layout intact and allows another shield to be stacked on top.

Arduino uses digital pin1 (TX) to communicate with the TellyMate. Just plug it into your Arduino and use Serial.println() commands to output text onto your TV!

The shield provides a 3.5mm jack and the necessary cable to convert to a composite video connection. The baud rate is selected by jumpers, which are also included.

Features:

  • TV output from your Arduino
  • PAL or NTSC Composite Video
  • Stackable Shield
  • works with Serial.println() etc.
  • 38x25 characters
  • Black and White
  • Simple Graphics
  • Double width / height text
  • Simple control codes

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Comments 19 comments

  • Would it be possible to connect this, an Arduino, and an ethernet shield and make a simple MMO style game? I would have no idea how to do this, but im sure someone would.

    • technically it is possible since the shields both employ a different way to comunicate with the arduino(tellymate uses Uart while ethernet uses spi according to the pinout)
      great idea BTW.

  • Lots and lots of fun… http://wp.me/pQmjR-cv

  • I would like a shield that would be connected to an HDMI video/audio input on a TV. This would allow the Galileo board and maybe future Linux-based boards a video/audio platform for gaming and other neat apps to be developed.

    Dennis

  • hello, i recently acquired a tellymate shield v1.1. -it can not display long sentences fully on the screen yet i do not know the code that can reduce the size of the text so as to fit. - my project also includes a gsm shield which receives an SMS that i display on the screen using the tellymate shield, but unfortunately the tellymate shield displays only the last character of the message and at the far left of the screen. please help me out with these problems. thank you.

  • I love how many Arduino shields use an ATMega8/168/328, Hey I heard you like ATmegas….

  • Ummmmm what version is on these

  • AWESOME LITTLE DEVICE

  • i believe sparkfun forgot to mention that the source code/hex files are freely available and can be used with any Atmega168/328. so you can make one yourself.
    i myself bought a rca breakout, flashed an old Arduino chip with my new uno, added a few resistors and it worked without any problem.
    so if you have an old Atmega lying around then you should really try this out.
    its worth the (little) effort.

  • I think this needs an update… Either pictures, or the chip needs updated…
    The picture says ATMEGA8… That should be updated… And it needs updated pictures if that happens…

  • it is possible to be used for on printing text on a signal of existing video (osd)?

    • to add text to an existing video signal you would require the MAX7456 (available here on sparkfun) which is pretty much plug and play compatible with the Arduino.

  • Do i need arduino to connect to this? if only RS232 Tx is needed i could use a PIC microcontroller… Maybe not, but would be grate :)

    • anything that is able to produce the control codes and send it to the tellymate can be used to control it. its only made as a shield so that it can be stacked on the arduino. the tellymate is able to send data back to the microcontroller but that is optional.
      so it should be possible to use a PIC to controll it.


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