Thursday, May 19, 2016

in good shape - brunnhilde part 22

I have been taking a lot of time pondering the best way to carry the Honda generator in Brunnhilde. There are only two viable options. Carry it inside or outside in the steel enclosure that I recently purchased. This is the follow-on post to the previous one in this series.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

a multi-function display for isolde - part 2

This is the following on post to "a multi-function display for isolde - part 1". I have been giving some thoughts to how to package the bits and pieces of this multi-function display system. It is quite easy to design the electronics and develop the software. What often overlook aspect in project like this is how to package the electronics and dealing with the interconnects. Fabricating good looking enclosures are always the biggest challenge for hobbyists and I am no different.

Monday, May 16, 2016

a multi-function display for isolde - part 1

The idea of a multi-function display for Isolde came to me quite accidentally. It started from when I decided to play with the Arduino microcontroller board. In anticipating its arrival via long shipping time from China I tried to prepare for what simple programs to write. I found this LCD display that I have at home since circa 1994 without any expectation it is of any good  or I can find datasheet for it.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

invested in a microcontroller board - part 3

The more I play with the 4x20 dot matrix LCD display the more I like it. It is a nice size that offer good legibility and can display quite a lot of crucial information. It would serve well as a multi-function display that can be configured for many different purposes, including data logging. It would make a nice instrument without causing distraction for nighttime driving. It has great viewing angles and the font size is just perfect.