Building an Election Calendar on the Raspberry Pi 4 using DisplayIO @Adafruit @CircuitPython @Raspberry_Pi #Blinka, #PyPortal #DisplayIO
Recently a new learn guide came out on building an Election Calendar on the PyPortal. Since I have been working on adding PyPortal support on the Raspberry Pi and other single board computers along with Displayio support, I thought this would be an excellent project to try out. It turns out that it was really easy to get up and running. The benefit of having a project like this is that it makes it easy to keep up with specific election related deadlines for your location, so that you can make sure you are able to vote and be heard.
To get it working, I started by downloading all of the project files and uploading those to the Raspberry Pi over SFTP, which was easy enough. Then I took the code and replaced the line that determines the Current Working Directory and altered that to work in CPython. If you’re interested in the specifics of the change, you can see the same change was made in the rest of the Blinka Pyportal Examples. Additionally, since there is no status Neopixel on the Raspberry Pi, I removed that parameter from the PyPortal initialization function. I also changed my state and county so that it would give me relevant information.
As for the specific dependencies, I already had my libraries set up from testing out the PyPortal library, so once I fired it up the script, it just ran. I’m currently working on a guide on the specifics of how to set up a Raspberry Pi to run the PyPortal library. It should be ready in the next day or two, so be sure to keep an eye on the Adafruit blog or you can view the latest Adafruit Learn Guides.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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.