I finally got time to assemble the "LeafCAN" LCD SOC-Meter
(circuit designed and firmware programmed by "lincomatic").
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Chris H. did a board layout for the circuit and had a prototype
board made, and populated it before sending one to me.
So, thanks entirely to the work of these others, this new
2-line LCD version went together and workes flawlessly:
1. A 1st version prototype board from Chris (2nd is coming "soon"?),
2. Which came populated and already loaded with lincomatic's
"soc" firmware for using a 2 row by 16 character LCD display,
3. A white-on-black, 2x16 LCD display from SparkFun,
4. The box used for the SOC-Meter, with a larger slot for the LCD,
5. An "SOC-Meter" OBD cable.
I "assembled" this prototype SOC-LCD-Meter primarily to work better
with lincomatic and Chris, but also for testing an LCD as the display,
experimentation, and demonstrations.
I need to learn to compile and load new firmware for it,
but it seems to work quite well as it is.
I am looking forward to the next generation of this "LeafCAN" board,
and to testing the LCD in different lighting conditions.
When we find more CAN data to display, I hope that we can add
auto-switching between two (or more) CAN busses, some user-input to select display screens, logging via a USB port, etc.
Also, I would like to find a bezel or frame to fit the LCD,
since a simple rectangular hole lets the backlight shine through.
Any Ideas, suggestions, etc.?
No, it is not "in production" yet, but it could be if there is the demand.
Thanks, Sam (lincomatic)