The PyPortal is the perfect device to interact with internet of things (IoT) projects. Perfect when you need something that’s a bit more than a few buttons on a microcontroller, but a computer or smartphone app would be too much. So you need some sort of simple user interface that can handle buttons, lots of text, icons, and even a few views.
This guide covers a few steps which make it easy to build a small User Interface (UI) in CircuitPython, the easy to use Python implementation for microcontrollers and single board computers (SBC). You may do things like:
How to change the display orientation.
Using Groups like windows that can be turned on or off.
Creating image placeholders that let you easily change the background and icons.
Display dynamic text with word wrapping.
Create buttons for navigation and in unique windows.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
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.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.