NEW PRODUCT – Microtouch – make your own “iTouch-like” device!
NEW PRODUCT – Microtouch – 2.4, make your own “iTouch-like” device! Sure, the latest “iTouchy” gadgets are pretty cool. But who wants a locked down device? Why not build your own touch-screen device, with your own apps, all on open source hardware and using open source tools? OK, it can’t play MP3s, but it does have a 320×240 TFT color display with resistive touch screen, an Atmega32u4 8-bit microcontroller, lithium polymer battery charger, backlight control, micro-SD slot, and a triple-axis accelerometer. Yeah, this is the next big thing and for those of us who like to DIY, you can do a lot of cool stuff with this dev board.
This product is just the Microtouch dev board (preloaded with some demo Apps), and does not include a lithium polymer battery or a microSD card. You will need a lipoly battery with 2-pin JST connector for best performance. It can run straight from USB but due to the charger design, the backlight will be dimmed so it will not appear as bright as with a battery installed. We strongly suggest our medium lipoly but you can substitute another 3.7V cell. A microSD card will be handy if you want to display images, slideshows or animations.
2.8″ 320×240 16-bit color, TFT display with resistive touch screen
Lithium polymer battery charging via USB
3-axis accelerometer, MMA7544 +-2g to +-8g resolution
Micro SD card slot
Battery monitoring, backlight control and on/off switch
Of course, we wouldn’t just leave you with a schematic or datasheet and say ‘good luck’! The designer of the Microtouch (known to us by the code name “Rossum” ) has written a full hardware core operating system and multiple demo apps such as…
Image viewer built into the hardware core, you can plug in a microSD card with images, slide shows or animations that show up as ‘mini Apps’
The Microtouch is powerful and fun but is not meant for microcontroller beginners! If you’re just starting out, we suggest checking out the Arduino to get your feet wet. Once you feel comfy with programming C and programming microcontrollers directly, come back and pick up one of these.
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This is so cool. Meggy Jr on steroids. Put it on my wishlist…
Wow… much respect for the developement and especially for playing CamperVanBethoven!
This is fantastic!
it would be fantastic-er if there were 1 pin somewhere so I could throw something on the SPI bus to talk to other goodies as well!
In fact, I’d be happy without the accelerometer if there were an easy way to get on that bus.
Still, very cool product and I might buy one anyway. I’d buy one right now if it were easier to make talk to other things…
Any chance this could appear in kit form or be open hardware? Would love to see a good tutorial on how to design/build something like this.
Jacob, it is open source hardware
is the display 2.4″ or is it 2.8″ size? the title has 2.4″ the description has 2.8″
i have been looking for something like this for months.
The version is 2.4 the screen is 2.8″
its a bit unfortunate but hopefully clear now 🙂