Hooking up a portable lcd display to Raspberry Pi can open up tons of ideas. PC or network status monitor, notifier for email, tweets, comments or feeds, weather station or a display for a robot are just a few ideas one could think of in about ten and half seconds :).

With too many options to pick from, I suddenly came across this one.

It’s an assembled 2.8 inch color graphics LCD with on board LCD controller and a resolution of 320×240. Found on ebay and it’s almost a brand-less product.

What caught my attention is the USB interface, good looking form factor and the software support. It’s based on libusb, so can be programmed from many languages. There are code examples using C# and a python port is also easily found. It should be simple to plug this into the Raspberry Pi or the PC and displaying some text in python or c# in a couple of minutes. No soldering or jumper wire required. It also works as a tiny photo frame with an on board 2 mb flash. For the downside, it has a poor refresh rate.

In the next post, I’ll show how to build a Raspberry Pi weather station using this LCD under 5 minutes. If you had this display, how would you use it? Do share you ideas. If it is an easy one, I might give it a try.