How to Representing Numbers and Letters in 7-segment and 16-segment LED display?

Examples of three kind of 7-segment displays representing English numbers and 14-segment displays represent English examples.

  The 7-segment display and the 16-segment display are common in everyday life, both of which represent information in Arabic Numbers and English letters, except for 16-segment display monitors that can display complete Arabic Numbers, capital letters, and lowercase English letters; The most commonly used 7-segment display of Arabic Numbers can also represent part of the English alphabet, in the actual application of the product, but also often use these letters for product settings and information display.

Use a 7-segment display to represent information

Use a 7-segment display to represent Arabic Numbers and truth tables

   Using a 7-segment display to represent numbers is the most common application, the following drawing is the example of using a 0.56” diamond shape 7-segment display 0.56″ Single SMD LED 7-Segment Display | Diamond Seg. to represent an example description of the Arabic Numbers 0-9 (PDF) and a 7- segment display representing the true value of Arabic Numbers (PDF), which engineers can use to code Arabic Numbers Truth Table to compose a program. The numbers to be represent on a 7- segment display, and readers can design their own products by referring to the above two materials. Running machine’s information moving sign.

The 7-segment display represent examples of Arabic Numbers (PDF)
7-segment display represents examples of Arabic Numbers truth table (PDF)

The 7-segment display represents examples of upper and lower case English letters and single words.

   In addition to displaying Arabic Numbers, the 7-segment display can also represent part of the case letters, if the product does not use 16-segment display for cost reasons to represent information, the product often uses the 7-segment display can be represented in English, pieced together the required single word or shorthand.  Mixing case English is a feature of the single word displays. The following tables are the example of 7-displays representing English letters (PDF) and the cased English alphabet example (PDF) of the 7-segment display sections.

7-segment display represents examples of English letters (PDF)
7-segment display represents example part of case English letters (PDF)

   As with the 7-segment display number, engineers need a truth table to make a program that lets 7-segment displays represent a single word, the following drawing is same the example of using a 0.56” diamond shape 7-segment display  0.56″ Single SMD LED 7-Segment Display | Diamond Seg.to represent case English letters Truth Table for engineer to design products.

7-segment display represents part of case English letter truth table (PDF)

The numeric numbers display/alphanumeric display represents information

   Alphanumeric display are mainly divided into 14-segment displays and 16-segment displays, both designed to display full case English, and this article will use the more complex 16-segment display as an example to represent a variety of numbers and letters.

Use 16 segment display to display 0-9 Arabic Numbers

   16-segment displays and 7-segment displays can represent 0-9 Arabic Numbers in full, but the 16-segment display can represent more details of Arabic Numbers, the following drawing is a 16-segment display represents of Arabic Numbers of various deformation tables, the first row is a 16-segment display to display 7- segments of represent numbers, the first row is below the 16-segment display can represent the same Arabic Numbers deformation. Designers can choose digital fonts according to product applications.

16-segment display digital examples and font deformation (PDF)

16-displays represent capital letters and truth tables

   The 16-segment display is designed to represent the English alphabet, and the following drawing is an example by using a 16-segment display to represent capital English Alphabet and a 16-segment display representing the true value table of capital English alphabets.

16-segment displays represent capital English letters (PDF)
16-segment display capitalized English truth table (PDF)

The 16-segment display represents the deformation of capital English letters.

   In addition to the above example of capital English Alphabet, the 16-segment display also has a variety of different English text types in order to meet the requirements of various product applications or information represent , the following drawing collects several common capital Letter deformation, readers can choose according to their own application.

16-segment display representing distortions of uppercase English letters (PDF)

16-segment display represent lowercase English letters and truth tables

   The 16-segment display is designed to represent the English alphabet, and the following drawing represents the Example of Lowercase English Alphabet and the 16-segment display represent the lowercase English Alphabet Truth Table.

16-segment displays represent examples of lowercase English letters (PDF)
16-segment display represents a lowercase English letters truth table. (PDF)

16-segment displays represent variation of lowercase English letters

   In addition to the above examples of lowercase English letters, the 16-segment display also has in order to match the requirements of various product applications or information represented, extended out a variety of different lowercase English text type, the following drawing collected several common lowercase English letter deformation, readers can choose according to their own application.

16-segment displays represent the distortion of lowercase English letters (PDF)

Examples of products in real life.

Gogoro S2 dash board|7-segment display

  The description of the three large, medium and small 7- segment displays included in the Gogoro S2 electric scooter Gogoro S2 dash board, and three English words (HELLO/GO/SEE YA) represented using the 7-segment display.

   The description of the three large, medium and small 7-segment displays included in the Gogoro S2 electric scooter Gogoro S2 dash board, and three English words (HELLO/GO/SEE YA) represented using the 7-segment display.

Timesbirds Count down meter timers|7-Segment Display

  Timesbirds is a movement countdown timer designed by an Australian team, like weight training, cycle training , represent ing numbers in countdowns, but using the buttons on the product to adjust the mode, the 7-segment display on the left is used for information display, for example 「UP」, 「dN」 , 「dN」 , 「nt」 , 「tABAtA」 , 「Fg-bAd」 , 「cL」,you can refer to Timebirds product page Timebirds, it introduce 9 kind of Workout mode。

Timebirds’ the crowdfunding video (The picture from Timebirds)
Timebirds’ the pattern selection form (The table cut from Timebirds)

Running machine’s information moving sign|14-segment display

  In the following figure is a running machine, there is a row of running time, distance, speed and inclination of a row of numbers when the running mode starts, when this row of characters is selected in the way of Alphanumeric display , you can use this string of 14-segment display as a moving sign to represent the complete Arabic Numbers and English letters in non-running mode, and the product designer can also choose different fonts according to their own needs to present information.

When the running machine is running mode, it displays four numbers: running time, distance, speed, and tilt.
When the running machine is not in running mode, displays information on how to start the running machine.

  When the running machine is unused, these 14 segment displays serve as moving sign to indicate how the user should activate the running machine to use it.

Microwave Oven|7-Segment display

  Microwave ovens used a four-digit 7–segment displays, with the size used in the photo to compare the products, it can be replace by Opto Plus P/N. OPS-Q4011YG) (0.4″ Quad THT LED 7-Segment Display | Colon & Diamond Seg.(OPS-Q4011YG)) .  To meet the represent information requirements of microwave ovens, the 7-segment display mainly represents the microwave time “2:10”, but also uses 7-segment display to represent English information when setting the mode, for example, using “dEF1”, “dEF2” to choose the thaw mode, “100P” to select microwave strength, and use the weight thaw mode to represent the current thawing “0.5” kg weight, 7-segment display can be through the overall product design, fully let the user understand the current state of the product. Below recorded a product actual operation process, can be used as a reference design

The 7-segment display represents an example application in English|A simple Microwave oven operation flow chart.

Conclusion

  Both the 7–segment display and the alphanumeric display can represent Arabic Numbers, but the 7-segment display can only represent part of the English letters, while the alphanumeric display can represent all uppercase English letters and lowercase English letters, and can choose different English fonts according to the product application. However, the choice of alphanumeric display type of 14-segment display and 16-segment display cost is higher, if the product does not have a large number of represent information demand, through the 7-segment display can display English, and appropriate design, can also allow users to use the product very intuitively, while saving production costs.

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