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  1. Jimoptera

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    Hiya, I'm new to these forums and hope to stay a part of it for a while. =D Anywho, I'm starting a project that will require a small screen with a very basic, almost entirely text-based interface that can display text files as well as a few basic images and maybe a game or two if i can. What I'd like to know is A) how to go about developing this interface and B) how to construct a circuit board that will accomodate this interface, the screen, buttons, and maybe a USB port to make managing text files and such easier. I have some experience with programming, but next to no experience with circuit boards and such. Anyone out there that could lend a hand?
     
  2. davenn

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    hi there
    welcome to EP :)

    this is pretty complex ... if you had just stayed text based as you originally said, rather than then expanding it to graphics etc it would have been easier

    So you are really wanting to build a computer
    what programming and electronics skills do you have ?
    its going to require a lot of experience with both

    cheers
    Dave
     
  3. Jimoptera

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    Hi Dave,
    I know my way around C++ pretty well and I've toyed around with BASIC enough to feel confident using it.
     
  4. davenn

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    and what about the electronics ?
    as I said, this is going to be a very complex project
     
  5. Gryd3

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    What is the size of the desired display?
    LCD, or LED.
    Wouldn't buying a RasPi and a small screen be ideal?

    This would move you away from electronics and more into the software side of things, but the pi will still allow for you to interface directly with electronics with it's general purpose pin header.
     
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  6. Jimoptera

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    Like I said, I do not have very much experience as far as electronics themselves. I understand this will be a complex project, especially for a beginner, but I am prepared to take on the challenges presented.
     
  7. Gryd3

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    then feed us some more technical details about what you want ;)
    screen and usb port to load text files is pretty vague.
     
  8. Jimoptera

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    Well I suppose I'm aiming for something similar to the Pip-Boy 3000 from the Fallout series, if that helps. Being able to switch between various menus, read various text files, and displaying simple 2 bit images. Definitely not gonna tackle the working GPS from the Pip-Boy though, I'm not that foolhardy. =P And to answer your question from earlier, I'm using a 3" x 5" LCD screen.
     
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  10. Jimoptera

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  11. Gryd3

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    No prob . There are a couple of those on there. One of which should have some 3d models of the parts.
    Everything to get you going... and the latest one, all the function is built into the display already... just needs some programming and a little extra tlc to add external buttons.
     
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