I present the ArduinoLCD by EarthMake, the most gratuitous Arduino knockoff of them all.
The ArduinoLCD is like a mullet – business in the front (ATMega328 Arduino R3 clone) and party in the back (3.5″ touchscreen). A GPU coprocessor handles the graphics, letting you create controls and displays with a janky proprietary script.
I received a prerelease ArduinoLCD at the New York Maker Faire. The panel and driver seems equivalent to their ezLCD 301. Hooray design reuse!
- ezLCD Instruction Manual (PDF)
- ezLCD with Arduino App Note
- SparkFun ezLCD 301 Product Page
- Font Converter (Windows)
- “Termie” Terminal Software (Windows)
I believe the GPU is connected to the Arduino via serial. I’d normally dig in (select Arduino R3 in Arduino to write to it) but I want to dump the factory sketch before I clobber it with Blink. Mike has a full Atmel debugger at the space, so I’ll head by tomorrow and upload it here.
Initial thoughts: This is a classy board. If the ArduinoLCD acts like a HID, it can make an interesting auxiliary keyboard or mouse. Otherwise, this is an expensive board with some interesting gadgetry possibilities. I’ll be building it into a piece of wearable technology, and I’ll keep you posted.
PS: the included USB cord has a fabric sheath of some kind and is total swag.