BridgeTek puts colour touch screen on Arduino


Designed by Cowfish Studios, it will render 24bit colour content in either landscape or portrait orientations, plus support smooth 60frame/s animations as well as capacitive five-point multi-touch touchscreen.

Also on there is a Class-D (digital, PWM) audio amplifier with a 1W speaker, a thermocouple input (comes with a probe), solid state relay outputs and a microSD memory card slot.

“It is always encouraging to see a product you have developed being adopted by the market and applied in interesting new applications, such as the Sunflower shield. It is particularly satisfying to see all three key elements of the FT813 being deployed in this new shield – rich graphics, fast touch response and the audio elements for alarms. We wish this endeavour every success,” said Bridgetek’s CEO Fred Dart.

There is an associated Kickstarter crowd-fund.

According to the Kickstarter page, the shield is known to be compatible with Uno, NerO, Leonardo and Mega 2560 Arduinos, and is though to be compatible with others and their clones – except Arduinos that supply 3.3V to the shield, such as Arduino Pro 3.3V, as this shield needs 5V.

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