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Are there any great uses for the LCD screens from broken digital cameras? Answered

I have a small collection of broken point-and-shoots with fully-functional screens, but no idea of how to harvest the parts or of what I could use them for. Any ideas?


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Best Answer 9 years ago

Unfortuantly there are no easy way to use these LCD's unless they are popular among hobbyists (Like the Nokia LCD's). If you are very lucky, these LCD's will have a driver chip, in which case all you have to do is to find out how to communicate with the driver chip, but most of the time the camera manufacturer embeds the LCD driver into the main chip on the camera (possibly to save cost). In the likely case of the latter, you'll have to make your own driver if you want to use the LCD's, and it might be harder than it sounds.

I have a very nice LCD display myself I'd like to use as a second mini-monitor for my PC, but it uses some weird analog signals to drive it. I'd love to make a driver for it, but the time and effort required to do so is currently too much for my schedule, and not to mention the lack for a good enough microcontroller.

So, the short answer is: There are lots of great uses, but you'll most likely have to spend more time and effort in order to use them than it's worth, sorry.