SparkFun Qwiic Alphanumeric Display Hookup Guide
Seven segment displays are SO 2020. I mean, we see them in our clocks, ovens, and microwaves on the daily. But what happens when you add more segments to each digit? You can upgrade your appliances and let everyone know how you REALLY feel. Introducing SparkFun's newest Qwiic-Enabled Alphanumeric Display in Pink, Green, Blue, Red, Purple, and White. Customize that microwave alert - "Your food is done, fool!" Or hack those oven messages - "I pity the fool that doesn't pre-heat!" These fourteen-segment digits allow you display all sorts of numbers, characters, and symbols. Let's jump in and have a look, shall we?
You will need a microcontroller to control the Qwiic Alphanumeric Display in order to follow along with this tutorial. Below are a few options that come Qwiic-enabled out of the box:
If your chosen microcontroller is not already Qwiic-enabled, you can add that functionality with one or more of the following items:
You will also need at least one Qwiic cable to connect your Alphanumeric Display to your microcontroller.
If you aren't familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview:
We would also suggest reading through the following tutorials if you are not familiar with the concepts covered in them: