Introduction: How to Use a 16X2 LCD Display With an Arduino, TI Launchpad, or Breadboarded MSP430

In this video instructable, I show how to hook a cheap 16X2 LCD display up to an Arduino, then a TI Launchpad MSP430 running Energia, then a breadboarded MSP430.  

These displays are cheap - I got mine for $2.26 shipped on eBay.  They only require 6 i/o pins from your microcontroller, and are compatible with EVERYTHING since they use the HD44780 controller.

For more info: http://www.meanpc.com/2012/09/how-to-use-16x2-lcd-display-with.html

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Chip13 (author)2013-12-24

Is this lcd dimable?

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L98TPI (author)2013-10-14

I think Instructables should ban using instructables to promote YouTube videos. I say in a kind and gentle voice.

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meanpc (author)L98TPI2013-10-14

Why do you say that?

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Lectric Wizard (author)2012-09-26

Just a tip, it's a bad idea to hook up any electronics with the power on, unless it's a usb port etc.

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meanpc (author)Lectric Wizard2012-09-26

It's good practice to deenergize any circuit when working on it, if you can. I tend to throw caution to the wind when I'm working on 5V stuff.

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Lectric Wizard (author)meanpc2012-09-26

I wasn't refering to danger to you, but to blowing the circuits.

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