On my first full day off in months, what should I do? Finish wrapping those gifts for the family, Bah Humbug, I’d prefer something Raspberry Pi related of course.
I’ve had one of these sat on my workbench for weeks, it was time to get it going.
PiLite is a adaptation of the Arduino LED shield revised for the Raspberry Pi. It features a 9×14 array of either Red or White LED.
To get this going, I started with a vanilla build of NOOBS_1.3.2 and following the official PiLite documentation I found a number of tweaks are required to get it going.
Operation is via the serial port where you simply send your text for display or the python code examples might inspire you.
Given the weather was terrible at the time, I decided to adapt the example PiLiteWeather script to display the weather along with a seasonal message or two!
I added, detection if the Pi is connected to the internet, temperature range, wind direction, multiple locations and of course seasonal spirit.
You can find my script here.
I edited the file premissions and
/etc/rc.local to get it to boot from start-up. Its not too heavy and can be hung as a decoration especially when mounted in a PiBow case.
The video of the script in operation isn’t very good quality but is the best I could what with all those presents needing wrapping.