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Mechanical 7-segment display made with micro servos and an Arduino Mega

Arduino TeamFebruary 12th, 2020

Flip displays are an interesting piece of technology, physically moving segments into place that stay put until other information is needed. Michael Klements has been especially fascinated by these devices, and after inspiration from another project, he decided to craft his own.

His version utilizes 14 micro servos to flip segments into a visible position, then rotate them to 90° when no longer needed. This “off” mode displays a slimmer profile, and the sides and back are painted black, making them much less visible.

An Arduino Mega, with 15 possible PWM outputs, is used to control the servos, while a hobby RC-style battery eliminator circuit provides power to the motors. 

Be sure to check out the build process and in-action shots below! 

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One Response to “Mechanical 7-segment display made with micro servos and an Arduino Mega”

  1. rushwind Says:

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. It makes me feel good knowing there are many smart innovative people out there.

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