Hi guys, in one of our previous tutorials, we built a real-time clock with temperature monitor using the DS3231 and the 16×2 LCD display shield. Today, we will build an upgrade to that project by replacing the 16×2 LCD display with an ST7735 based 1.8″ colored TFT display.
Apart from changing the display, we will also upgrade the features of the project by displaying the highest and lowest temperature that has been measured over time. This feature could be useful in scenarios where there is a need to measure the maximum and minimum temperature experienced in a place over a particular time range.
This tutorial is based on the ability and features of the DS3231 RTC module. The DS3231 is a low power RTC chip, it has the ability to keep time with incredible accuracy such that even after power has been disconnected from your project, it can still run for years on a connected coin cell battery. Asides from its ability to accurately keep time, this module also comes with an accurate temperature sensor which will be used to obtain temperature readings during this tutorial.
The main upgrade to the previous tutorial mentioned above is the use of the 1.8″ colored TFT display and details about the features and use of this display have been covered in a recent tutorial here.
The following components are required to build this project;
As usual, the exact components used for this tutorial can be bought through the link attached to each of them.
We will replace the 16×2 LCD display in the schematics from the previous tutorial with the 1.8″colored TFT display. Connect the components as shown in the schematics below.