Arduino File Browser

Making more progress on my on-going marco keyboard project. I'm building a programmable macro pad. My overall goal is to be able to load configs from an SD card. Then give the user a way of selecting a config file from a menu on a OLED display. Well we're almost there. This weekend I wrote some code to allow the user to browse the root of an SD card. When the device is booted up, it will scan the directory of the root and load the filenames into an array. The user can cycle through the list to find the file they want to use. When they reach the bottom the list repeats. For a bonus I loaded the keyboard library and when you press a button the contents of the selected file is written out to the keyboard buffer. Even large files seem to work. This is due to the buffering nature of the file IO class. Feel free to download my code from GitHub!


Categories: Arduino

Tags: development, electronics

Custom OLED Display Holder

I've been working on a larger project. Which I hope to post on here in the coming weeks. I find that sometimes it best to break projects into smaller pieces. Little milestones make bigger projects flow a lot better. The enclosure for my new project requires a holder for OLED display. I've never modeled anything like this before. So I decided to do a small project out of modeling a holder for it. Here we are now. I present to you my holder for a 128 x 32 OLED display.

I used TinkerCAD to create this model. It's a fairly simple concept with a hidden feature. More about that in a minute. The model consists of two prints, the holder body and bezel. The OLED display I'm using is a 128 x 32 sized display. It uses a I2C connection which requires four pins. Here's where the hidden feature comes in. I wanted to keep the holder a modular as possible. In the sense that the display could be easily pulled out and reused if needed. In order to that I had to come up with a design that kept the OLED display as stock as possible.

On the back of the display I soldered a standard breadboard friendly header. This allows me to plug this directly into a breadboard if I wanted to experiment with it. This got me thinking. What if I could make some sort of socket that allowed me to plug the display in and remove it as needed? Then it hit me. I could use female headers like on a Arudino board. To keep it simple, I used premade female dupont wires. All you have to do is push the four dupont connectors from the back of the holder. I modeled the rectangular hole with a fairly tight tolerance. This forms a friction fit. Then you can install the display from the front. Slide the bezel into the front of the holder and you're done.

If you would like to download and print this model for yourself then click the link below. I'm looking forward to doing more projects like this. Keep an eye on this space!


Categories: Maker

Tags: 3d-printing, electronics, soldering, thingiverse, tinkercad

Flyandance DIY Tiny SMT LED Chaser Kit

I posted this video on Youtube a few weeks ago. I haven't had much of a chance to repost it on here. But if you're looking to get into surface mount soldering this is the kit for you. I'm a absolute newbie. Well let's just say I went through two kits to get it right. Enjoy!


Categories: Electronics

Tags: 555 timer, kits, electronics

Standalone Arduino

This is my first attempt at creating a standalone Arduino. This is using just the bare Atmega238PU without the Arduino development board. I was able to pull the flashed chip from the board and use it. Looking forward to branching out further without needing a full standalone projects. Here's a link to the pin-out I used.

Categories: Arduino

Tags: chips, electronics

Arduino Liquid Crystal Display

I got my Arduino UNO working with a 1602 LCD display (16x2). Just a simple "Hello World" message and a counter for now. This build uses the LiquidCrystal library from Arduino's website. The library allows you to use any LCD display that is supported by the Hitachi HD44780 driver. The example sketch contained in the library is what I'm using to display "Hello World" with. Thanks Limor Fried at Pro Trinket. All for now.

Categories: Arduino

Tags: electronics