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Tutorial 13 for Arduino: Liquid Crystal Displays

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I had initially planned to do an LCD tutorial a little further down the line, but there was very high demand for it, and I already had a circuit assembled for testing the new LCD that element14 sent me to evaluate. So, this seemed like an appropriate time to roll it out!

In this episode, I explain how communication works with most modern LCD character displays, I show the schematics and circuit required to talk to an LCD, and then I demonstrate it working using two demo programs. The first program will create an animated progress bar using custom characters, and the second will leverage I2C and button debouncing knowledge from tutorial 7 and tutorial 2 respectively to create a real time temperature readout in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Download the source code, schematics, datasheets, and parts list below!

 

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Dave Morgan has created a modified version of this code that works with the TMP36 sensor found in the Sparkfun Inventors Kit. Download it here: MyRoomTempLCD.

87 Comments

  1. Hi Jeremy,
    I’m planning to do Arduino Uno based water level indicator with LCD (16×2) display project.
    Could you pls advice me on the circuit diagram, components required and also the Arduino source code for this project. I would appreciate if you answer this in detail. Looking forward for your reply…

    Thanks,
    Marecan

  2. Respected sir,
    Actully my final year project is based on the arduino.Basic idea is that I want wireless data transfer between pendrives with help of arduino bluetooth module.There are many kinds of hardware we require to complete the project.like display screen,bluetooth module,pendrives or external memory.
    So plz advice me on how to interface or handle this device with arduino.

    Thanks in advance.

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  4. Hiii Jeremy,

    I am final year student, i want to interface Graphical LCD with arduino MEGA. I don’t have an any idea about it. I need your help in interfacing GLCD with arduino. if you have any circuit diagram with the programming then please mail me at ravinimase29@gmail.com

    Please reply

  5. Hello Jeremy,

    I have watched all of your tutorials and they are great. The lcd tutorial was very helpful, but I was wondering if you could help me a bit more. I have trying to use one of adafruit tft lcd screen to display menu options. How do I properly code the arduino uno to read menus and submenus from an encoder’s selection, and display it to the screen? If there is any help you can give me, I would appreciate it.

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