This new Adafruit Pi Plate makes it easy to use an RGB 16x2 Character
LCD. We really like the RGB Character LCDs we stock in the shop.
Unfortunately, these LCDs do require quite a few digital pins, 6 to
control the LCD and then another 3 to control the RGB backlight for a
total of 9 pins. That's nearly all the GPIO available on a Pi!
With this in mind, we wanted to make it easier for people to get
these LCD into their projects so we devised a Pi plate that lets you
control a 16x2 Character LCD, up to 3 backlight pins AND 5 keypad pins
using only the two I2C pins on the R-Pi! The best part is you don't
really lose those two pins either, since you can stick i2c-based
sensors, RTCs, etc and have them share the I2C bus. This is a super
slick way to add a display without all the wiring hassle.
New, we've updated this Pi plate so the buttons on on the right side,
which makes it a little more mechanically stable
This pi plate is perfect for when you want to build a stand-alone
project with its own user interface. The 4 directional buttons plus
select button allows basic control without having to attach a bulky
The plate is designed for both Revision 1 and Revision 2 Raspberry
Pi's. It uses the I2C (SDA/SCL) pins. We have a special xtra-tall
26-pin header so the plate sits above the USB and Ethernet jacks.
This product comes as a kit! Included is a high quality PCB and all
the components (buttons, header etc). A 16x2 Character RGB positive
LCD is included! Assembly is easy, even if you've never soldered
before and the kit can be completed in 30 minutes. Check the product
tutorial page for assembly instructions. 
We also have some handy Python code to help you easily talk to the
LCD and buttons  You can also easily query the 5 keypad buttons to
get input through the library, so you get extra buttons without using
any more pins. The buttons are automatically de-bounced inside the
At this time, the code and plate can control the RGB backlight of our
character LCDs by turning each LED on or off. This means you can
display the following colors: Red, Yellow, Green, Teal, Blue, Violet,
White and all off. There is no support for PWM control of the
backlight at this time, so if you need to have more granular control
of the RGB backlight to display a larger range of colors, this plate
can't do that (the I2C expander does not have PWM output).
Product page with tutorials, documentation and assembly information
* Dimensions: 2.2" x 3.35"
* Comes with a 16x2 RGB POSITIVE LCD
* Plug and play with any Raspberry Pi
* Uses only the I2C (SDA/SCL) pins
http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-16x2-character-lcd-plus-keypad-for-raspberry-pi … more
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