Slide Viewer LCD Screen

Adafruit customer, Lewis, stuffed an Adafruit 1.8″ color TFT LCD display into an antique slide viewer.

On the weekend, I found another awesome old slide viewer in an antique store, and decided to mount an LCD screen in it.  I was going to do it with the one I found a couple weeks ago, but I like this one better.  So, after a few hours of soldering ribbon cable, and cutting and gluing card stock, I ended up with this.

This lovely little display breakout is the best way to add a small, colorful and bright display to any project. Since the display uses 4-wire SPI to communicate and has its own pixel-addressable frame buffer, it can be used with every kind of microcontroller. Even a very small one with low memory and few pins available!

The 1.8″ display has 128×160 color pixels. Unlike the low cost “Nokia 6110” and similar LCD displays, which are CSTN type and thus have poor color and slow refresh, this display is a true TFT! The TFT driver (ST7735R) can display full 18-bit color (262,144 shades!). And the LCD will always come with the same driver chip so there’s no worries that your code will not work from one to the other.

Buy one for yourself here!


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1 Comment

  1. Hi there! Thanks for sharing this. It was a lot of fun to make.

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