Announcing Maker Screen: a Simple, Codeable Display
What is Maker Screen?
Maker Screen is a hand-held display that can run code you write for it with Maker Board. It can show messages, run games, and display data from real-world sensors.
How do I use it?
There are two routes to coding with Maker Screen. We recommend that you follow our Guided Builds, where you build an Alarm Clock and a JumpMan video game by reading our example code and steadily adding features and experiments.
You can also use our "how to" examples to take off on your own! The resources for either route are available on our website for free here.
Who is it Best For?
Anyone who wants to learn code but doesn't have a good starting place will enjoy Maker Screen. It's very simple and designed for beginners.
On the other hand, Maker Screen has the capabilities for more advanced users to add their own sensors, outputs, and code to make something totally new. We think you'll love Maker Screen- give it a try!
Maker Screen is a 16X2 character screen (16 columns, 2 rows) that uses a code library we've written which can be downloaded for the Arduino software here.
Maker Screen is compatible with Maker Board, our microcontroller. The Maker Board slides into the back of Maker Screen. The pins needed to run the screen are 'hard-wired', but pins 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 as well as the RESET pin and three 5V (+) pins are exposed. There are ten grounds pins on the board. A single row of ports 'copies' pins A3 and A4 in a special format (+, signal, -) so that the board is compatible with our three-pin sensors: sound trigger and temperature sensor.
Maker Screen has a contrast knob built in to the screen, as well as a port for our AA battery pack to plug in.
Maker Board, the microcontroller that you slide into Maker Screen, is an Arduino-code compatible microcontroller. It uses a 5V power system and can plug in to a USB port. The microcontroller can be programmed on the desktop or online via Codebender.cc.
More questions about the Maker Screen? Please contact us- we'd love to talk!