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Programming Pong on a Standalone Nextion Display

Many makers are fond of Nextion displays, because they simplify the process of creating graphical touch interfaces for embedded systems, and are less expensive than other HMI (Human-Machine Interface) screens. They were not designed for games, so I decided I had to write one as a challenge!

One-player Pong game on a Nextion display
One-player Pong game on a Nextion display

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Adding a UART Interface to a USB Relay Board

This Chinese “8-Channel USB Relay Board” requires a 12V power supply, and it’s also supposed to plug into the PC for convenient software control. But there was nothing convenient about the software, and I wanted it to work directly with Arduino and other MCUs anyway. Here’s how I replaced the USB interface with a basic UART.

USB Relay Board Hack Closeup
USB Relay Board Hack Closeup

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