In this tutorial I show you how to use a mini OLED Display with your Raspberry Pi! By the end of this tutorial you will be able to make it show everything from text to full images, as well as be able to wire up something to the SPI pins on the Pi! Small displays are great fun to play around with… The project possibilities are truly endless! Previously the only small displays you could get for your Pi have been LCD character displays – these soon get boring because all you can do is display text. But recently I saw these 1″ monochrome OLED displays from Adafruit. These promised high contrast text and the ability to display proper graphics and images. Do they disappoint?
Not one bit! They truly are excellent pieces of hardware that are so flexible. You could make it display important system information… Or you could program a game of tetris on one! Watch my tutorial to see for yourself!
Monochrome 0.96″ 128×64 OLED graphic display – These displays are small, only about 1″ diameter, but very readable due to the high contrast of an OLED display. This display is made of 128×64 individual white OLED pixels, each one is turned on or off by the controller chip. Because the display makes its own light, no backlight is required. This reduces the power required to run the OLED and is why the display has such high contrast; we really like this miniature display for its crispness! (read more)
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.