My First Arduino

I got my last piece of hardware to finally start using my LCD and Accelerometer. It’s funny how the cheapest, smallest part was the hardest to find. I got some pin headers and soldered them onto the board so it can be plugged in and removed from the breadboard easily.

I ran through the simple tutorials in the mean time like the blinking LED from the Arudino Learning page

8bit LCD

I followed this tutorial from the Arduino website. It worked once I got the wiring right. I bought a Crystalfontz America 8bit LCD from Cool Components. I would have liked a blue LED backlight but they seem fairly rare. The LCD takes up a lot pins.


I have yet to get the backlight LED working but it’s not important for it to work. Also display the accelerometer values on the LCD. I need to test the accelerometer and I was lucky to pick the cheaper analog version otherwise I would have ran out of pin outs/in.

Arduino Offical Website
Cool Components

About Danny

I.T software professional always studying and applying the knowledge gained and one way of doing this is to blog. Danny also has participates in a part time project called Energy@Home [] for monitoring energy usage on a premise. Dedicated to I.T since studying pure Information Technology since the age of 16, Danny Tsang working in the field that he has aimed for since leaving school. View all posts by Danny → This entry was posted in Arduino, Hardware. Bookmark the permalink.

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