Hi. Today we started to experiment with our “straight out of the box” Unicorn hat HD. We also had a brand new Pi Zero W and a loaded an 8Gb SD card with the Jessie Lite image. After getting it started up, connected to WiFi, updated (Took ages… ) etc, we powered off, attached unicorn hat HD, powered up and then SSH onto the pi so to use the PC browser to copy links over from the support page.
curl https://get.pimoroni.com/unicornhathd | bash
After another long install it was ready and a quick explore into the “examples” folder, followed by a “python demo.py” and WOW!! Amazing!! It’s alive.
Then we started trying a few other examples when we ran into trouble. Some of the examples use “pillow” which needed to be installed, as shown by the helpful exception handler. So a cheeky -
sudo pip install pillow
- was issued, which resulted in a crash out of the installer. After a lot of googling, head scratching, and coffee, the solution presented itself. I tried manually installing the packages and this revealed that python-dev was not installed. Once it was then pillow also installed. However the text.py still did not fly. This was the fonts not being installed. So after inspecting the code I saw the option to install fonts-droid, which I did, modified the code and result.
So possibly a bit of a feature with the automatic setup process.
However, the Unicorn hat HD is a very cool device!! Thanks for creating it.