IoT-Enabled Serial LCD Display

IOT enabled Serial Display copy


Imagine you wanted to keep track of the cricket score, or the current price of a stock you have your eye on, or maybe even how many likes you have on a specific post on facebook, all while having to work on the very important report. Checking up on any of these would mean you would have to go through the steps of unlocking your phone, going to the specific app and searching for the specific information, and then viewing it. Now imagine you could track any one of these things with just a single glance.

With the help of Bolt IoT platform you can get this kind of display up and running in just a few minutes.

Things used in this project

Hardware components

  1. Bolt WiFi Module
  2. Arduino UNO & Genuino UNO
  3. I2C/SPI character lcd

Software apps and online services

  1. Arduino IDE
  2. Bolt Cloud

The LCD along with the Bolt unit draws quite a bit of current from the system. Use of DC adapter is recommended.

Software setup

Step 1) If you have not already done so create a Bolt Cloud account here.
Step 2) Download the Bolt app (for Android and Iphone), and follow the steps in the app to connect your Bolt WiFi module to your WiFi. (Skip if already done)
Step 3) Download the Arduino code from here. Flash it into the Arduino Uno(Do remember to disconnect the Bolt unit while doing so. The serial programming sometimes gets messed up due to it's presence.)
Step 4) Login to and note the ID of your Bolt WiFi Module.

Now click on the API Tab and under the section for Generate Key, click on Enable.


Next click on the copy button to copy your API key. Your API key will may look something like this: f1f918e9-d9c2-4e5b-aed0-b7cb743f74cf

Step 5) Save the code from the end of this blog as lcd_control.html, and

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <title>Lcd Display Interface</title>
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
        <script src=""></script>
        <div >Only enter numerical part of the bolt id. For example if you want to send data device with id BOLT452317, then enter 452317</div><br>
        <div>Bolt ID:<input type="Text" id="boltid" placeholder="xxxx"></div><br>
        <div>API key:<input type="Text" id="apikey" placeholder="xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"></div><br>
        <div >Enter the message you want to display below</div><br>
        <input id="command" type="text" size="40"><br>
        <button onclick="SendCommand()">Send</button><br>
        <div id="display"></div><br>
        <div id="commandstatus"></div><br>
        <div id="commandvalue"></div><br>
            function SendCommand(){
                var apikey=document.getElementById('apikey').value;
                var devicename=document.getElementById("boltid").value;
                var command=document.getElementById('command').value;
                    document.getElementById('commandstatus').innerHTML="Please enter an api key"
                    document.getElementById('commandstatus').innerHTML="Please enter a device name"
                    document.getElementById('commandstatus').innerHTML="Please enter some data"
                            document.getElementById('commandstatus').innerHTML="The link was successful";
                            document.getElementById('display').innerHTML="This is the link <a href=\""+link+"\">"+link+"</a>";
                        document.getElementById('commandstatus').innerHTML="Please check the api key entered"

Step 6) Open the html file in a browser. Once you enter the required data into the form, the form will run the command and also show you what the command looks like so that you can use it in your custom monitoring code.


Things to Note

There is a possibility that the display ends up showing your message with some extra characters. This bug was detected in the Bolt Wifi module Firmware version 1.0.4 and fixed in the Bolt Wifi firmware version 1.0.5.  If you see this bug, use the instructions given here to update the firmware of your device to the latest version.


With all the steps done, you now have a your display that you can use to show messages from anywhere in the world. Just open the web page, enter the message, and hit the send button. It is that simple.

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