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Bryan “linux-works” Levin built this Arduino compatible LCD backpack -

all the wiring needed to connect the LCD, the IR input module, power, lcd contrast, pwm-based dimming and a 6pin FTDI style usb serial header for upload of new firmware.

the IR module is in silver (left) and was a very old radio shack module.

the 6 pin header is via the wire harness; it was hard to solder the 6 pin header ‘in reverse’ on this kind of single sided board and this board is not very strong (the header could lift off the board with enough unpluggings). so my solution was to use the wire, itself, as a strain-relief.

this cable also is an easy way to give the circuit power (5vdc).

More project pics available in his Flickr photostream.

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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