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Tutorial: Using 8×8 Matrix -> Banner & Temp Sensor with Arduino

Finally i got to make a new project on my own (and after 6 months i finally make the post)… It was a mix of situations, first i´ve wanted to do a 8×8 matrix banner for the home, and my girlfriend told me “when are you going to do something with Arduino that is actually usefull for us? (this one hurt me a lot!) 😉 So i started doing the banner, and then the idea growed up faster… Is a very simple skecth, even that took some time to find the right code for the Max7219 8×8 Led Matrix Display, i got problems converting the Int value of the temperature in Char Array, and got some voltage reading issues with the DHT11 module. But everything is sorted out. Let´s see it in detail:

The parts:

  • 4x Led 8×8 matrix with MAX7219 driver
  • 1x Arduino UNO
  • 1x DHT11 Temperature & Humidity sensor
  • 1x Picture Frame
  • Some Cables & Connectors
  • Black Cardboard
  • Black Translucent Film

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I started joining the Led Matrix Modules in a 4x 8×8 matrix modules, and made a sort of base for them to be together. At this point i had no idea how it was going to be finished in a fine, good looking, finish for home.

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After looking around many tutorials, and codes, i finally got some example code that worked just fine with my Max7219 modules… made a few tests, but seemed to be working very well.

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After that i got the idea… This would look very good in a picture frame… neat, good looking, will blend with the rest of the home decoration… Perfect! I just needed to use some spare hardware from the hardware store, some screws and nuts… nad ready!

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I needed of course to cover the glass from the picture frame with some shade and some black board, to try to do a neat effect of a shade glass and the lights coming from the back. If it is off, you don´t see what´s behind the glass…

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After the neat frame… we need to include some other parts… and organize them very well. We included the DHT11 module (as far as we could from the ArduinoUNO and the matrix displays to reduce the heat produced by them:

 

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And as a part of the frame, we did an ease to acces system, so we can modify and improve the Banner whenever we want!

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And… voilá! 😉 2014-03-26 18.52.42

Here some videos of the gadget:

Code:

// WWW.ARDUINOARTS.COM
//Based on Macelo Moraes project on instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/16x8-LED-dot-matrix-with-MAX7219-module/
//Modified by @mrlndr for @arduinoarts.com	
//D1
//D2
//D3
//D4
//D5
//D6
//D7= temp
//D8
//D9
//D10=CS
//D11=CLK
//D12=DIN
//D13
//A1
//A2
//A3
//A4
//A5				
//

#include <MaxMatrix.h> //include matrix library
#include <avr/pgmspace.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include "DHT.h" //include the temp sensor library
#define DHTPIN 7     // what pin we're connected to
#define DHTTYPE DHT11   // DHT 11 temp&humid sensor
DHT dht(DHTPIN, DHTTYPE);

PROGMEM prog_uchar CH[] = {
3, 8, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // space
1, 8, B01011111, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // !
3, 8, B00000011, B00000000, B00000011, B00000000, B00000000, // "
5, 8, B00010100, B00111110, B00010100, B00111110, B00010100, // #
4, 8, B00100100, B01101010, B00101011, B00010010, B00000000, // $
5, 8, B01100011, B00010011, B00001000, B01100100, B01100011, // %
5, 8, B00110110, B01001001, B01010110, B00100000, B01010000, // &
1, 8, B00000011, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // '
3, 8, B00011100, B00100010, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, // (
3, 8, B01000001, B00100010, B00011100, B00000000, B00000000, // )
5, 8, B00101000, B00011000, B00001110, B00011000, B00101000, // *
5, 8, B00001000, B00001000, B00111110, B00001000, B00001000, // +
2, 8, B10110000, B01110000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // ,
4, 8, B00001000, B00001000, B00001000, B00001000, B00000000, // -
2, 8, B01100000, B01100000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // .
4, 8, B01100000, B00011000, B00000110, B00000001, B00000000, // /
4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B00111110, B00000000, // 0
3, 8, B01000010, B01111111, B01000000, B00000000, B00000000, // 1
4, 8, B01100010, B01010001, B01001001, B01000110, B00000000, // 2
4, 8, B00100010, B01000001, B01001001, B00110110, B00000000, // 3
4, 8, B00011000, B00010100, B00010010, B01111111, B00000000, // 4
4, 8, B00100111, B01000101, B01000101, B00111001, B00000000, // 5
4, 8, B00111110, B01001001, B01001001, B00110000, B00000000, // 6
4, 8, B01100001, B00010001, B00001001, B00000111, B00000000, // 7
4, 8, B00110110, B01001001, B01001001, B00110110, B00000000, // 8
4, 8, B00000110, B01001001, B01001001, B00111110, B00000000, // 9
2, 8, B01010000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // :
2, 8, B10000000, B01010000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // ;
3, 8, B00010000, B00101000, B01000100, B00000000, B00000000, // <
3, 8, B00010100, B00010100, B00010100, B00000000, B00000000, // =
3, 8, B01000100, B00101000, B00010000, B00000000, B00000000, // >
4, 8, B00000010, B01011001, B00001001, B00000110, B00000000, // ?
5, 8, B00111110, B01001001, B01010101, B01011101, B00001110, // @
4, 8, B01111110, B00010001, B00010001, B01111110, B00000000, // A
4, 8, B01111111, B01001001, B01001001, B00110110, B00000000, // B
4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B00100010, B00000000, // C
4, 8, B01111111, B01000001, B01000001, B00111110, B00000000, // D
4, 8, B01111111, B01001001, B01001001, B01000001, B00000000, // E
4, 8, B01111111, B00001001, B00001001, B00000001, B00000000, // F
4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01001001, B01111010, B00000000, // G
4, 8, B01111111, B00001000, B00001000, B01111111, B00000000, // H
3, 8, B01000001, B01111111, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, // I
4, 8, B00110000, B01000000, B01000001, B00111111, B00000000, // J
4, 8, B01111111, B00001000, B00010100, B01100011, B00000000, // K
4, 8, B01111111, B01000000, B01000000, B01000000, B00000000, // L
5, 8, B01111111, B00000010, B00001100, B00000010, B01111111, // M
5, 8, B01111111, B00000100, B00001000, B00010000, B01111111, // N
4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B00111110, B00000000, // O
4, 8, B01111111, B00001001, B00001001, B00000110, B00000000, // P
4, 8, B00111110, B01000001, B01000001, B10111110, B00000000, // Q
4, 8, B01111111, B00001001, B00001001, B01110110, B00000000, // R
4, 8, B01000110, B01001001, B01001001, B00110010, B00000000, // S
5, 8, B00000001, B00000001, B01111111, B00000001, B00000001, // T
4, 8, B00111111, B01000000, B01000000, B00111111, B00000000, // U
5, 8, B00001111, B00110000, B01000000, B00110000, B00001111, // V
5, 8, B00111111, B01000000, B00111000, B01000000, B00111111, // W
5, 8, B01100011, B00010100, B00001000, B00010100, B01100011, // X
5, 8, B00000111, B00001000, B01110000, B00001000, B00000111, // Y
4, 8, B01100001, B01010001, B01001001, B01000111, B00000000, // Z
2, 8, B01111111, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // [
4, 8, B00000001, B00000110, B00011000, B01100000, B00000000, // \ backslash
2, 8, B01000001, B01111111, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // ]
3, 8, B00000010, B00000001, B00000010, B00000000, B00000000, // hat
4, 8, B01000000, B01000000, B01000000, B01000000, B00000000, // _
2, 8, B00000001, B00000010, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // `
4, 8, B00100000, B01010100, B01010100, B01111000, B00000000, // a
4, 8, B01111111, B01000100, B01000100, B00111000, B00000000, // b
4, 8, B00111000, B01000100, B01000100, B00101000, B00000000, // c
4, 8, B00111000, B01000100, B01000100, B01111111, B00000000, // d
4, 8, B00111000, B01010100, B01010100, B00011000, B00000000, // e
3, 8, B00000100, B01111110, B00000101, B00000000, B00000000, // f
4, 8, B10011000, B10100100, B10100100, B01111000, B00000000, // g
4, 8, B01111111, B00000100, B00000100, B01111000, B00000000, // h
3, 8, B01000100, B01111101, B01000000, B00000000, B00000000, // i
4, 8, B01000000, B10000000, B10000100, B01111101, B00000000, // j
4, 8, B01111111, B00010000, B00101000, B01000100, B00000000, // k
3, 8, B01000001, B01111111, B01000000, B00000000, B00000000, // l
5, 8, B01111100, B00000100, B01111100, B00000100, B01111000, // m
4, 8, B01111100, B00000100, B00000100, B01111000, B00000000, // n
4, 8, B00111000, B01000100, B01000100, B00111000, B00000000, // o
4, 8, B11111100, B00100100, B00100100, B00011000, B00000000, // p
4, 8, B00011000, B00100100, B00100100, B11111100, B00000000, // q
4, 8, B01111100, B00001000, B00000100, B00000100, B00000000, // r
4, 8, B01001000, B01010100, B01010100, B00100100, B00000000, // s
3, 8, B00000100, B00111111, B01000100, B00000000, B00000000, // t
4, 8, B00111100, B01000000, B01000000, B01111100, B00000000, // u
5, 8, B00011100, B00100000, B01000000, B00100000, B00011100, // v
5, 8, B00111100, B01000000, B00111100, B01000000, B00111100, // w
5, 8, B01000100, B00101000, B00010000, B00101000, B01000100, // x
4, 8, B10011100, B10100000, B10100000, B01111100, B00000000, // y
3, 8, B01100100, B01010100, B01001100, B00000000, B00000000, // z
3, 8, B00001000, B00110110, B01000001, B00000000, B00000000, // {
1, 8, B01111111, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, B00000000, // |
3, 8, B01000001, B00110110, B00001000, B00000000, B00000000, // }
4, 8, B00001000, B00000100, B00001000, B00000100, B00000000, // ~
};

int data = 12;    // DIN pin of MAX7219 module
int load = 10;    // CS pin of MAX7219 module
int clock = 11;  // CLK pin of MAX7219 module
int maxInUse = 4;    //change this variable to set how many MAX7219's you'll use
MaxMatrix m(data, load, clock, maxInUse); // define module
byte buffer[10];

void setup(){
  pinMode(2,INPUT); //button input
  m.init(); // module initialize
  m.setIntensity(15); // dot matix intensity 0-15
  Serial.begin(9600); // serial communication initialize
  Serial.println("DHTxx test!");
  dht.begin();
}

void loop(){
  
  printStringWithShift("   ArduinoArts.com       ", 100);
  int t = dht.readTemperature();
  char temp[4];
  itoa(t,temp,10); //convert int to char!!!!
  Serial.println(temp);
  printStringWithShift("temp: ", 100);
  printStringWithShift(temp, 100);
  printStringWithShift("C   ", 100);
  if (t<18){printStringWithShift("  Brrrrr Que Frio!!!!  ", 100);} //if it´ cold...
  if (t>27){printStringWithShift("  Que calor!!!!  ", 100);} //if it´ too hot...
  if (t>17 && t<28){printStringWithShift("   ;)   ", 100);} //if it´ ok!!!
  delay(100);
  m.shiftLeft(false, true);
  }


void printCharWithShift(char c, int shift_speed){
  if (c < 32) return;
  c -= 32;
  memcpy_P(buffer, CH + 7*c, 7);
  m.writeSprite(32, 0, buffer);
  m.setColumn(32 + buffer[0], 0);
  
  for (int i=0; i<buffer[0]+1; i++) 
  {
    delay(shift_speed);
    m.shiftLeft(false, false);
  }
}

void printStringWithShift(char* s, int shift_speed){
  while (*s != 0){
    printCharWithShift(*s, shift_speed);
    s++;
  }
}

void printString(char* s)
{
  int col = 0;
  while (*s != 0)
  {
    if (*s < 32) continue;
    char c = *s - 32;
    memcpy_P(buffer, CH + 7*c, 7);
    m.writeSprite(col, 0, buffer);
    m.setColumn(col + buffer[0], 0);
    col += buffer[0] + 1;
    s++;
  }
}

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