Our Animated Snake Eyes Bonnet guide was originally written for a Raspberry Pi accessory we make and sell, an interface for two tiny screens and some analog controls. A new addition to the tutorial and software “untethers” this — if you don’t need the analog controls and have an HDMI display (or two), the code works fine on any Raspberry Pi computer, no Bonnet required. (See the “Using Just the Software” page.)
We’ve been having a blast with the Gakken WorldEye — a 10-inch hemispherical HDMI display from Japan. These take some work to track down…a bit spendy, must be imported, and the warranty is automatically void outside the country, so you’re SOL if it’s DOA. But the code can work equally well with any HDMI display, or a video projector…or two, with the addition of an HDMI splitter.
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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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.
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