How to build a tweet controlled RGB LCD #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Jeremy over at tuts+ posted this useful tutorial on building a tweet controlled RGB LCD screen with your pi.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use a Raspberry Pi with an RGB LCD to monitor tweets. Tweets containing specific keywords are displayed in defined colours. You’ll learn how to create a Twitter application to use the stream API to push data to your program, giving you an opportunity to learn about multi-threaded Python programs.

Required Hardware


  1. Follow the steps on the Adafruit site for setting up and testing your RGB LCD.
  2. Install Tweepy like so:

sudo pip install tweepy

Create a Twitter Application

Create a Twitter Application, on the Twitter web site, to allow the Raspberry Pi program to connect to the stream. To do this navigate to https://apps.twitter.com and sign in.

Create an application by completing the form, as shown below. Note: you can put a placeholder for the website–it’s a required field but not required for this Raspberry Pi project.

Read the full tutorial here.

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