What hardware

  • One configured Raspberry Pi Node (This was covered in the first part of this manual) + its power supply.
  • Touch screen pannel + its power supply.

 

When choosing a touchscreen, there are some considerations you have to make: 

The Raspberry Pi supports a wide range of Touchscreens, the official 7 inch touchscreen is a popular option, though for this project is just too small (think of the readability). This project therefore opted to use a 10” screen made by WaveShare. This selection was done on the following ground:

  • Effective price point: € 91.99 (Amazon) excluding Power supply.
  • Screen Size: 10.1”
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 600px

When choosing a touchscreen keep these three things in mind, you don’t want to use a screen that’s too small, or use a large screen with a poor (=Low) resolution. If you do the latter, the image on the screen will look pixelated.

Feel free to choose another touchscreen that suit your needs. You have to make sure however that the hardware you choose is compatible with the Raspberry Pi you’re using. Secondly, if you use any other screen than the one I used for this project, you’ll end up with other installation instructions. Manufacturers will always provide you with a short sheet explaining what needs to be done, be sure to follow that closely. Alternatively you can look on the web for instructions. You have a high chance of finding detailed explanation for your screen on sites like Instructables and YouTube.

 

Next: Assembtly