April 03, 2014

Build huge numeric displays with Arduino

If you've been using seven-segment LED numeric displays and wished you had something larger, then one of the latest entries in the Freetronics/Instructables competition will be of interest. Created by Instructables member frankenroc, the display reproduces the theory of seven-segment displays - but instead uses LED strips for each element.

Naturally you can't drive all those LEDs directly from Arduino digital output pins, so the design uses higher-current switching transistors which do the job nicely. Once complete, this would be idea for a scoreboard, expanded to make a large digital clock or a countdown timer for various events. 

For details on how to reproduce your own version, visit the display Instructable. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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