Plug-in touchscreen makes a Raspberry Pi tablet

September 09, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor element14 has a 7-in. Touchscreen Display for the Raspberry Pi, expanding the ecosystem of accessories, to enable users to create all-in-one integrated projects such as turning their Pi into a tablet, infotainment system or embedded project.

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, and Raspberry Pi 1 models B+ and A+*, the screen can be used to make ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices with a visual display. Connect the Raspberry Pi, develop a Python script, and create home automation devices with touchscreen capability. A range of educational software and programs available on the Raspberry Pi will be touch enabled, making learning and programming easier.

Designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the 800 × 480 display connects to the Raspberry Pi’s DSI display connector via an adapter board that handles power and signal conversion. 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.

The screen dimensions are 194 x 110 x 20 mm (including standoffs), with a viewable screen size of 155 x 86 mm and screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels

The kit contains:

7 in. 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 2A power is shared across both units)

You can download and install the latest version of Raspbian Operating System: the commands ‘ sudo apt-get update ’ and ‘ sudo apt-get upgrade ’ install all of the latest drivers and software to support the touch screen display.

(* Raspberry Pi 1 models B and A are also supported, but mounting fixture locations are optimised for the more recent board layout.)

The Raspberry Pi 7” Touchscreen is priced at €54.82/£41.74 and is available from Farnell element14 and CPC in UK and Europe.

Element14; http://uk.farnell.com/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi-display/raspberry-pi-7inch-touchscreen/dp/2473872