|[September 20, 2013]
EarthMake Shakes Internet of Things Market with an Arduino Compatible 3.5" Color Touchscreen Controller for $89
QUEENS, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
World Maker Faire - EarthMake today introduced the arLCD.
The arLCD is the easiest way to add a touchscreen Graphical User
Interface to Arduino based projects used in the IOT "Internet of Things"
and Maker marketplaces. Furthermore the arLCD has the Arduino
built in reducing size, complexity and cost. The arLCD
"all-in-one" modular design unites a 3.5 inch color LCD, touchscreen,
16-bit GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and mounting bracket, with the
Arduino development environment. The arLCD Arduino Library
provides users quick customization of macros, graphical objects, fonts,
and images, thereby shortening the user touchscreen interface design.
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on
flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It is intended for
electronics designers, hobbyists, artists and anyone interested in
creating interactive objects or environments.
arLCD Front (Photo: Business Wire)
The arLCD features a 3.5 inch, 320 x 240 resolution, 65K colors,
250 nit brightness LCD with integrated resistive touchscreen. This
intelligent control module is highlightd by a 16-bit GPU, 4 megabytes
of flash memory and USB 2.0. The arLCD operates from 6 to 9
volts, draws less than 200mA, and provides a -20 to 60�C operating
temperature range. The arLCD is available immediately for $89.00.
Randy Schafer, EarthMake founder, exclaimed, "The arLCD can
re-ignite the Arduino Marketplace, allowing Makers to develop products
that have a smart-phone like graphical interface!" With the arLCD Arduino
Library and the Arduino Shield I/O, users can make 3D printer
controllers, robot interfaces, home automation controllers, wireless
sensors and even kinetic art. With over 300 I/O shields compatible with
the arLCD covering every wireless, I/O, and protocol standard
embedded systems, development is like building with blocks. Macros and
GUI widgets allow users to build a user interface prototype FAST (News - Alert) -
within hours, not days!
According to Richard Obermeyer, Vice President of Engineering at
EarthMake, "The only close alternative to arLCD functionality is
a very slow, software driven, 2.8" LCD shield that uses almost all your
I/O pins! This is a full featured, 'smart' ezLCD GPU with the Arduino
Uno on the same PCB, in a thin, easy to integrate package taking no I/O
pins other than the hardware serial port (D0 & D1) that is used for GPU
communication and Arduino programming. The 3.5" LCD has 64% more display
area than a 2.8" LCD Shield. We leveraged the hardware and software API
of 'ezLCD' and the Arduino open source Uno R3 design to provide a
complete Touchscreen embedded system that boots in less than a second.
The arLCD flash drive give users the ability to simply copy
fonts, and bitmaps to the arLCD from a PC via USB. The Arduino
IDE allows for rapid product development under Windows, Linux and OSX
EarthMake is a division of EarthLCD, a manufacturer of industrial and
embedded LCD products. EarthMake licensed the award-winning ezLCD
technology from EarthLCD, the recognized leader in smart touch LCDs. For
further information, contact Randy Schafer, CEO, 3184-J Airway Avenue,
Costa Mesa, CA (News - Alert) 92626; Tel: 949-248-2333, Fax: 949-248-2392, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.Earthmake.com.
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