Bridgetek’s Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology continues to gain traction within the global open source community, as well as with larger OEMs. The highly integrated graphics controller devices – which are able to take care of the display, touch and audio aspects of modern HMIs – are featuring in a growing number of products being developed by small start-ups. The latest of these is the Sunflower Shield, which is currently being crowdfunded via Kickstarter.
Using the FT813 EVE IC, the Sunflower Shield allows makers to add a touch-enabled premium quality 3.5″ (QVGA) TFT LCD display, to their Arduino projects. With the ability to render 24-bit colour content in either landscape or portrait orientations, plus support for smooth 60fps animations, this compact board has a 5-point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen for delivery of intuitive operation and compelling user experiences. Also incorporated are a PWM audio amplifier with a 1W speaker, a thermocouple input (with probe included in the package) for taking temperature measurements, solid state relay outputs and a microSD memory card slot for data storage purposes. Pairing the EVE graphics controller with an MCU, such as the Arduino, has resulted in a well partitioned design that is capable of performing advanced colour graphics control at a very attractive price point.
The crowdfunding campaign has witnessed strong uptake, and is already fully funded – but there is still time to get involved, as it is open for backers until 31st July.