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 Arduino Display Module customizes the ULCD-43-PT Display specifically for interfacing with the Arduino, to provide a quick and easy interface without any wiring hassles. It enables you to quickly connect the 4D Arduino Adapter Shield to their Arduino, connect the 5 way cable between the Adapter and the Display Module, and be connected in seconds to start programming!
The ULCD-43-PT-AR has a comprehensive range of serial commands ready to be received from the Arduino, to draw primitives such as lines, rectangles, circles and text, displaying images, playing sound and logging data to uSD card. You can also use the Visi-Genie in Workshop 4 combined with the Arduino Library to create a graphical interface in minutes!
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 Recommended Items section below for 4D Systems' µUSB-PA5.
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: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Based on 4 ratings:
A very neat platform to learn about touchscreen LCD.
Great touch screen and very easy to get going using the free 4D-Workshop software. Everything is drag-n-drop and makes for a very nice addition to any custom console. My setup is simple, press the button icons to start different sequences on the Arduino. Hardly any coding involved. I'll be getting the 7" version soon. I had to buy the bezel from 4D-Systems since they don't have it here for some odd reason. Shipping is pricey though. You can also 3-D print one from a design that can be found on Thingiverse.
Product really performs as advertised. I built a remote monitoring display for a factory system that looks terrific and works perfectly. As a mac user I had to spend half a day implementing windows. The Workshop program is free, runs on windows, and you need to get the excellent graphics working with a minimum of time. In the end I dispensed with the shield and used jumpers to run it off a mega. Thus tons of i/o and the ability to use a Wifi Shield.