I’ve followed ElectricImp since the start and am always in awe of the projects I read about. I’m a perennial tinkerer and am dying to start my own project, but have absolutely zero knowledge of electronics and wiring. I can wire a plug and a switch, but even that has me sweating profusely.
All I want to do is connect either an LCD or OLED to display a small amount of text, pulled in from a JSON or potentially XML file remotely. There’ll be all sorts of logic behind the events and I may also connect a PIR sensor. That is it. It’s just for me to start understanding how this all works.
But I’m already stuck - I love my Raspberry Pi because it requires absolutely no electronic knowledge, but plenty of geekery. I’ve looked into LCDs and am terrified to my soul reading about anodes and cathodes and resistors and voltages. I don’t own a soldering iron either. The breakout boards look promising, but I’m confused by what a breakout board is. When we want to enclose this inside a case, eventually, then what?!
Can someone explain how simple it is to hook up an LCD/OLED to the imp, with power, and for it to be “ready” and talkative to the imp’s backend servers? Even the prospect of pushing a “hello world” message to a display seems far off at this stage.
Sorry for being such a pathetic loser of a beginner. I too hate messages like these. If anyone wants to make a basic kit for me, with everything connected, I’ll send you tea and biscuits (and/or sport-related merchandise from my day job) and glorify you publicly until the sun sets.
Thanks for any advice,