Creating a Spotify remote with an Arduino and LCD Shield

spotifyremoteThis one is for the Spotify people. We’ve created a small project that makes use of the Arduino and LCD Keypad shield to create a Spotify remote control. This will show the current playing song as well as adding Play/Pause, Prev and Next functionality to it.

Check out the quick YouTube video at the bottom of this page.

The remote is made from a VB.NET application that listens on a select COM port for commands, it also broadcasts the current playing song via the COM port to the Arduino.

You could add a Bluetooth module to this (described in our previous article here) to make it completely wireless, which would be really cool.

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Getting your Nokia 5110 LCD up and running on an Arduino

nokiaWe purchased one of these very cheap, very cool 84×84 LCD backlit screens off of eBay a couple of weeks ago.

It’s a very nice product for adding visual elements to your projects at a very low price. We paid £3.89 for the screen and it was delivered a few days later.

Take a look below for connection instructions and example code from Adafruit on how to get this up and running with your Arduino.
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Arduino LCD Keypad Shield – Basic Menu System

LCD1After recently purchasing an LCD and Keypad Shield for my Arduino Uno. I thought I best test it out and write a quick sketch to use with it.

The shield has a 16×2 (LCD1602) LCD and 6 Button Keypad , extremely useful for controlling your projects without hooking the Arduino board up to anything. I believe this cost me just under £4 delivered and is well worth the money.

I have made a basic options selection menu which will allow you to scroll through a list of entries and select one of them, using the least amount of screen updates. It doesn’t yet support sub-menus, but it’s dead easy to implement using this code found below.

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