HPDL1414 Arduino Micro Clock

  The HPDL-1414 is a 16-segment LED display with four printable fields that is over twenty years old. It has a red GaAsP screen to which we can add the epithet "smart", because it is capable of printing alphanumeric characters on its fields. The screen is controlled by a CMOS integrated circuit embedded in a plastic housing.This circuit contains RAM, ASCI II decoder, multiplexer and LED drivers. Thanks to these features, no additional components are needed to connect this display to the microcontroller.

 More displays can be connected in series, where for each subsequent one it is necessary to assign another GPIO to the WR pin, similar to the SPI interface.
 This time I will show you how to make an interesting mini Retro-look Clock with such a displays, as well as the way in which static and moving text can be written on it. For this purpose I wrote a super simple code, and a Schematic diagram.

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  The device is very simple to make and consists of several components:

HARDWARE LIST
1 Arduino Nano
2 HPDL1414 , 14 segment Led Display
3 DS3231 realtime clock module

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   As I mentioned earlier, the link below provides separate codes for static text or moving text at the beginning before the correct time appears. When switching on, the moving text appears first, and then the correct time, in the form of hours, minutes and seconds. In front of the displays I put a darkened film for better visibility of the digits.
 With the code itself we can set the exact time of the clock, which we need to enter in the lines:
    rtc.adjust(DateTime(F(__DATE__),F(__TIME__)));
    rtc.adjust(DateTime(2022, 8, 26, 23, 07, 0)); //Exact time on the moment of uploading
 Then we need to upload the code once again with the same lines commented out
 Finally, the device is mounted in a suitable box made of PVC plastic with thicknesses of 3mm and 5mm, and covered with self-adhesive colored wallpaper.

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CODE
#include  <HPDL1414.h>
#include <RTClib.h>
#include <Wire.h>
const  byte  dataPins [ 7 ]  =  { 2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  6 ,  7 ,  8 } ;  // Segment data pins: D0 - D6 
const  byte  addrPins [ 2 ]  =  { A1 ,  A2 } ;               // Segment address pins: A0, A1 
const  byte  wrenPins [ ]  =  { A0 ,  A3 };        // Write Enable pins (left to right) 
RTC_DS3231 rtc;

char msg[] = "         *** MICRO CLOCK - MIRCEMK ***        ";
char t[32];
HPDL1414  hpdl ( dataPins ,  addrPins ,  wrenPins ,  sizeof ( wrenPins ) ) ;
void  setup ( )  { 
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Wire.begin();
  hpdl.begin ( ) ;
  hpdl.clear ( ) ;

  for (byte i = 0; i < (sizeof(msg) / sizeof(char)); i++) {
    for (byte j = 0; j < 16; j++) {
      hpdl.setCursor(j);
      if (i + j < (sizeof(msg) / sizeof(char))) {
        hpdl.print(msg[i + j]);
      } else {
        hpdl.print(" ");
      }
    }
    delay(200);
  }
  rtc.begin();
  //rtc.adjust(DateTime(F(__DATE__),F(__TIME__)));
  //rtc.adjust(DateTime(2022, 8, 26, 23, 07, 0));
}
void  loop ( )  { 
    DateTime now = rtc.now();
   sprintf(t, "%02d-%02d-%02d",  now.hour(), now.minute(), now.second());
   hpdl.clear();
   hpdl.print(t);
}
CODE
#include  <HPDL1414.h>
#include <RTClib.h>
#include <Wire.h>
const  byte  dataPins [ 7 ]  =  { 2 ,  3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  6 ,  7 ,  8 } ;  // Segment data pins: D0 - D6 
const  byte  addrPins [ 2 ]  =  { A1 ,  A2 } ;               // Segment address pins: A0, A1 
const  byte  wrenPins [ ]  =  { A0 ,  A3 };        // Write Enable pins (left to right) 
RTC_DS3231 rtc;
char t[32];
HPDL1414  hpdl ( dataPins ,  addrPins ,  wrenPins ,  sizeof ( wrenPins ) ) ;
void  setup ( )  { 
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Wire.begin();
  hpdl.begin ( ) ;
  hpdl.printOverflow(true); 
  hpdl.clear ( ) ;
  hpdl.print("*-TIME-*");
  delay(3000);
  hpdl.clear();
  rtc.begin();
  rtc.adjust(DateTime(F(__DATE__),F(__TIME__)));
 //rtc.adjust(DateTime(2022, 8, 226, 20, 19, 0));
}
void  loop ( )  { 
    DateTime now = rtc.now();
    sprintf(t, "%02d-%02d-%02d",  now.hour(), now.minute(), now.second());
    hpdl.clear();
    hpdl.print(t);
}
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