Makers, developers and hobbyists looking for a miniature touchscreen display might be interested in a new hackable piece of hardware that has been created by Kevin Webster called Blaze, launched over on Kickstarter looking to raise £5,000 to go into production.
The Blaze is a miniature high-resolution touchscreen display that measures 1.6 inches in size and provides a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels, all powered by a powerful 120MHz Cortex M4 micro processor with GPIO and storage.
Webster explains more about the displays design and functions :
Blaze can be powered from the on-board USB socket. Alternatively, it can derive its power from the VBAT pin on the external IO header which allows Blaze to be connected to external Li-Po batteries. The ability to be powered from Li-Po batteries makes Blaze suitable for wearable applications.
Blaze has an on-board real-time clock, allowing you to keep track of time. By default, the RTC is disabled and is powered via dedicated VBAT pin on one of the external IO headers. Alternatively, a jumper can be fitted to Blaze which will ensure that the RTC is powered from the on-board 3.3V regulator, however, the RTC will lose track of time when Blaze is un-powered.
Blaze can be configured to support up to 5x 16-bit PWM outputs. These PWM pins can also be used as input capture and output compare signals. Features of the Blaze display include:
Microcontroller: ARM Cortex-M4
Clock Speed: 120MHz
Flash Memory: 512KB
Display: 1.6″ TFT
Color Depth: 262,143 colors
System Voltage: 3.3VDC
ADC Resolution: 16-bit
ADC Channels: 2x differential or 4x single ended
DAC Resolution: 12-bit
DAC Channels: 1x
For more information on the new Blaze touchscreen display jump over to the Kickstarter website for details and to make a pledge from £35.
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