Today's Hardware Friday project is from friend of the blog, Matt Cavanagh (who is a newly minted Nokia Developer Champion), who provides us a project that's very much a mix of old and new school...
This project definitely gave me a good helping of nostalgia, and I had more fun than any other project I’ve done.
The Objective was to remake the original snake game from 1997 that came with the monochrome Nokias, and display it on a Nokia 5110 LCD connected to a Netduino. Then have a Lumia 920 connected over Bluetooth as the controller.
A while back when looking around for display solutions for various projects I stumbled onto the 5110 LCD. I’m not sure *why* exactly they are so popular, but it turns out that you can find them easily online and they are dirt cheap! I bought a couple from DX recently and they work exactly how I expected, and are perfect for a lot of things. At the price, I highly doubt that the DX ones are real, but at less than $5 who’s going to complain?
What you need:
- Netduino (I recommend a Netduino 2)
- Bluetooth module
- A Windows Phone 8 (should be a Nokia for authenticity sakes)
A Netduino community member, Omar, wrote an awesome library for using this particular LCD, which you can grab here: http://wiki.netduino.com/Nokia-5110-LCD.ashx
On that wiki the labels for wiring were in a different order and had slightly different names to my LCD, so if you have one from DX follow my wiring below, or use the wiki instructions.
The Windows Phone side is really simple, and is mainly just stuff to make it “pretty”.
Pretty simple huh? A bunch of code wasn’t mentioned here, so make sure you download the source below:
Download the Netduino + WP8 Source Code (~1.6MB) [GD: Click through for the download link... don't want to leach his traffic...]
Looks like a fun project to play with over the weekend, doesn't it?