Internet Message Display

A small internet connected text LCD used to display short messages.

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In implementing a video streaming service at my church, we found we needed a quick way to communicate with the sound board operator information about whom to turn up or down for better audio to add to our stream. The problem is the sound board operator is in the sanctuary and the video streaming setup is not. In order to deliver the "turn up lead guitarist" message we had to walk down the hallway and whisper it into the ear of the sound board operator and then go back into the streaming room to check and see if it was enough. To rectify this situation, I've cobbled together a little hack that uses a 16X2 Serial LCD panel, an LED pushbutton switch and a Particle Photon, with a UWP VB.Net app. This way any message can be sent through the app running on the Streaming PC to the LCD panel situated in the sound booth where the sound board operator can acknowledge the requested change by pressing the LED

Internet Message Display Panel.ino

The sketch that runs the Particle Photon

ino - 3.09 kB - 06/05/2018 at 21:46


  • 1 × Particle Photon IOT Wifi board
  • 1 × 16x2 Serial LCD Text LCD panel with 2 lines each 16 characters wide
  • 1 × White LED pushbutton switch
  • 1 × Barrel type power jack connector
  • 1 × 100 ohm resistor

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