I admit, it has been a little slow for the past couple of months here on the blog, but that doesn’t mean nothing has happened.
For a workshop in Labitat, we needed a really cheap alternative to the Arduino for interfacing between an analog temperature probe and a 16×2 character display. Instead of getting a clone from someone else, I decided to make my own. Since it was to work with a 16×2 character display, I designed it to be the exact same size, so that it fits on the back, hence the name LCD I/O Backpack.
There is a full description of the board and if you want to make your own, the design files are there too.