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I recently helped fund a Kickstarter project for an Organic LED (OLED) display and breakout board. This was design and built by ILSoft, an electronics and software company based in Tyne and Wear, UK.

I had been interested in using an OLED display for some time, as they have a good contrast ratio and quite a good resolution. This makes them good for viewing small details in different light conditions (potentially where an LCD might not be suitable).

This board recently arrived in the post and I wanted to check it out and get it up and running. This is a post on my first very basic tests getting the display to work with an Arduino.

 

I downloaded the example code from ILSoft GITHUB pages. These were uploaded into my Libraires folder within my Sketchbook.

When the Arduino IDE was opened up I had access to their example code. I uploaded one of the AVR examples for Arduino and connected up the following connections (its obvious now, but I needed to realise that the SDI and SCK go to the equivalent pins on the Arduino....):

 OLED Board Pin  Arduino Pin 
 GND GND
Vcc 5V
 D/!C  9
SDI  11
SCK  13
!CS 8
!RES 7
GND GND

This worked to give me the example outputs which looked pretty, but were pretty basic.

I wrote a quick test routine which drew random lines in random colours (check the end of the post for the code). This shows off the capability of the screen pretty well, although it looks like a mess after a minute or so.

Here are some photos:

Drawing random lines within a 128 x 128 display with each line as a random colour.

Eventually its a mess - but fun.

The resolution of the display is great - its has good contrast and you can read really small text with ease. This means you can display a load of information in a very small space. I am planning on building a photovoltaic IV curve tracer which will have this a s a display. Look out for more posts about it...

Here is is Arduino code. You need to download and install to your libraries folder the OLED library from ILSoft for this to run.

/*
  DrawRandomLine.ino
  By Matt Little
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  This is a simple testing routine to draw a whole load of random lines on the OLED board from ILSoft.
  Please see www.re-innovation.co.uk for more details.
  
  
  Based upon the:
  Colour OLED Breakout Board Library
  
  Copyright (c) 2013, ILSoft Ltd
  All rights reserved.

  Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, 
  are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

  * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list 
    of conditions and the following disclaimer.
    
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    list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other 
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  INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF 
  MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE 
  DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR 
  CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, 
  SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT 
  NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; 
  LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER 
  CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, 
  STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) 
  ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF 
  ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.  

*/

#include <oledDirect.h>
#include <SD.h>

#ifndef __AVR__
#include <SPI.h> #endif // The Arduino Shield from ILSoft uses pins 8, 9 and 7 for CS, DC and Reset. #define CS 8 #define DC 9 #define RESET 7 // Create a variable to hold our OLED class. SSD1351 *oled; void setup() { // Instantiate the class with the pins. oled = new SSD1351(CS, DC, RESET); // Clear the screen. oled->clearScreen(Colour::Black); randomSeed(analogRead(0)); // Initialise a random number seed } // Draw the screen. void draw() { // Draw a line between two points with the colour Red. oled->drawLine(Point(random(128), random(128)), Point(random(128), random(128)), Colour(random(255),random(255),random(255))); } void loop() { draw(); // Draw a random line within 128 x 128 delay(500); // wait a bit }