This new Adafruit plate makes it easy to use a 16x2 Character LCD. We
really like the range of LCDs we stock in the shop, such as our classic blue & white
as well as the fancy RGB negative
and RGB positive
Unfortunately, these LCDs do require quite a few digital pins, 6 to
control the LCD and then perhaps another 3 to control the RGB backlight
for a total of 9 pins. That's nearly all the GPIO available on a Raspberry Pi!
With this in mind, we wanted to make it easier for people to get these
LCD into their projects so we devised a Pi plate that lets you control a 16x2 Character LCD, up to 3 backlight pins AND 5 keypad pins using only the two I2C pins on the Pi! The
best part is you don't really lose those two pins either, since you can
stick i2c-based sensors, RTCs, etc and have them share the I2C bus.
This is a super slick way to add a display without all the wiring
Last updated on 2014-04-22 at 06.33.54 PM
Published on 2012-11-21 at 07.51.59 PM
This plate is perfect for when you want to build a stand-alone project
with its own user interface. The 4 directional buttons plus select
button allows basic control without having to attach a bulky computer.
The kit is designed for any Raspberry Pi - version 1 and 2.If you want plug in a Cobbler or Gertboard at the same time, check out our Stacking Header, you can fit an IDC cable over it if the Plate is assembled with this part.