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element 14 – Touch screen for Raspberry Pi

The 7” Touchscreen Monitor for Raspberry Pi gives users the ability to create all-in-one, integrated projects such as tablets, infotainment systems and embedded projects. The 800 x 480 display connects via an adapter board which handles power and signal conversion. Only two connections to the Pi are required; power from the Pi’s GPIO port and a ribbon cable that connects to the DSI port present on all Raspberry Pi’s.  Touchscreen drivers with support for 10-finger touch and an on-screen keyboard will be integrated into the latest Raspbian OS for full functionality without the need for a physical keyboard or mouse.

*Note: Your NEW Rasp Pi 7.0 needs you to Add a Virtual Keyboard….


Technical Specification:

7” Touchscreen Display

Screen Dimensions: 194mm x 110mm x 20mm (including standoffs)

Viewable screen size: 155mm x 86mm

Screen Resolution 800 x 480 pixels

10 finger capacitive touch

Connects to the Raspberry Pi board using a ribbon cable connected to the DSI port

Adapter board is used to power the display and convert the parallel signals from the display to the serial (DSI) port on the Raspberry Pi

Will require the latest version of Raspbian OS to operate correctly


Features and Benefits

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a touch screen tablet, infotainment system, or standalone device.

Truly Interactive – the latest software drivers will support a virtual ‘on screen’ keyboard, so there is no need to plug in a keyboard and mouse.

Make your own ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices including a visual display. Simply connect your Raspberry Pi, develop a Python script to interact with the display, and you’re ready to create your own home automation devices with touch screen capability.

A range of educational software and programs available on the Raspberry Pi will be touch enabled, making learning and programming easier on the Raspberry Pi.
Kit Contents

7” Touchscreen Display

Adapter Board

DSI Ribbon cable

4 x stand-offs and screws (used to mount the adapter board and Raspberry Pi board to the back of the display

4 x jumper wires (used to connect the power from the Adapter Board and the GPIO pins on the Pi so the 2Amp power is shared across both units)



How to Install the Matchbox-Keyboard for your Pi

1. Connect a physical keyboard to the Raspberry Pi (or SSH into it if that’s your thing.)

2. Connect to the internet via WiFi or Ethernet.

3. Open the terminal.

4. Type sudo apt-get install matchbox-keyboard

5. Let the program download & install (takes 30s-1min depending on your connection.)

6. Exit the terminal & reboot your Pi.

7. The keyboard can be found by clicking the Menu -> Accessories -> Keyboard.



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