Past Meetup

Arduino OLED display hacking

This Meetup is past

5 people went

Price: $5.00 /per person

Cambridge Hackspace

440R Somerville Ave · Somerville, MA

How to find us

We are in the building behind 440 Somerville avenue. Please ring the glowing Cambridge Hackspace doorbell when you arrive.

Location image of event venue


OLED displays are surprisingly easy to use with Arduino. With only four wires you can display text and graphics.
This isn't really a class but is more of a group hacking session. We'll probably be able to help you if you get stuck, and will buy back your kit if you give up.

You mission, should you choose to accept, is to
*Figure out how to connect the display
*Print text where you want it, and make it big
*Draw lines, circles, boxes
*Add you own custom image
*Animate graphics
*Help out your neighbor if needed

Please bring a laptop and Arduino. We will have some Arduino kits for $15 if you need one. The displays are $5 (included in the event fee) and there are three kinds to choose from, shown in the event image. They are all monochrome but one has colored sections. The colors are always in the same place.

The displays use the SSD1306 chip and work at 3-5V, and have 128x64 pixels or 128x32 for the small one. An Arduino Uno or any recent board should be fine, but an ancient board like the Arduino Decimila won't have enough memory use it easily.

Please let me know if you have suggestions for other modules that would be fun to try with a group of people.

google arduino i2c oled SSD1306
Ask your neighbor