Lighthack with 6 encoders and 6 LCD - need advice

I would like to make my own lighthack box with the following specifications:

 

6 encoders

1 LCD per encoder

multiple encoder pages, each with a corresponding button

Pressing the encoder posts the parameter to the command line

 

Does anyone have any advice?

 

Does anyone have any code for this they can share?

 

I was planning on using these displays

www.sparkfun.com/.../255

because they are the ones that come with the lighthack kit.

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  • I don't know of an arduino that could support 6 lcd displays and the encoders as well. You may have to do one per display or maybe two displays per arduino. They take quite a few pins. There are some i2c backpacks you can get for the 2X20 and 2X16 displays that reduce the number of pins necessary. I've done 4 encoders with 5 pages and a 2X40 or 4X40 display on one Teensy 3.5 all based on the light hack code
  • In reply to Druuka:

    Is it possible to do one long display that stretches across the top of six encoders?
  • In reply to John728:

    Yes but I don't think the 40 character display will have enough room for 6 encoder labels and you will have to use small encoder caps to bring them closer together. The best I've seen is someone used a 2x20 display and a 2X40 display side by side with 6 encoders. I'm not sure what they did controller wise but would expect them to have one arduino for each display and it's encoders.
  • In reply to Druuka:

    I'm not going to use small encoder caps.

    I'd prefer a longer display, but if a 40 character display is the longest possible, I can use that with lines pointing to the proper encoders. The original Eos had an array of encoders that extended past their display.

    40 characters is enough for the parameters I want:
    1234567890123456789012345678901234567890
    INTENSITY RED GREEN BLUE WHITE AMBER
    INTENSITY PAN TILT CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW
    INTENSITY PAN TILT IRIS EDGE ZOOM
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