Displayotron (2 questions)


#1

Has anyone been able to get VLC song information to scroll on the Displayotron hat while using the Pimoroni radio script? I would also like to use the side Leds as a vu meter instead of a volume indicator. Any help on either of these tasks would be greatly appreciated.

John


#2

For the VU meter the development branch of Pi VU Meter, plus some glue Python code, should get you up and running. See here: https://github.com/pimoroni/pivumeter/tree/devel

What you’d be interested in is: https://github.com/pimoroni/pivumeter/tree/devel/python_server

I guess Speaker pHAT Server would be the best place to start: https://github.com/pimoroni/pivumeter/blob/devel/python_server/examples/speakerphat-server.py

Getting this working alongside Display-o-Tron’s menu system might be tricky, though.


#3

Thanks gadgetoid… I’m going to try a few things this weekend and see what I get. I may have to sacrifice the menu in lieu of the song title. I was able to make an internet radio using an old Raspberry pi, Adafruit’s LCD backpack, and “PianoBar” last year, but the tutorial and software are now out of date. I’ve been searching ever since for another solution. I was hoping that the Displayotron would fit that bill (which I’m sure it will, it’s just a matter of finding the right code or me actually learning Python : )

For some reason I’ve become a collector of LCD’s, LEDs, and anything with a display. They are definitely addicting.

Thanks again…