Python lolshield graphics

Or pylolgraph for short.  See latest info for this subject over on it’s official page.

My son and I soldered together a lolshield for the Arduino Duemilanove we picked up at the 2010 Maker Faire:

(Video Note: The flickering you see is based on the camera capture, it doesn’t actually do that…)

After making it… what to do with it?  I thought it would be fun to make a Python \ Arduino library that would allow you to send Pygame graphics to the lolshield, and that’s what I implemented.

There are two main parts to the library:

And, I’ve made an example Pygame application illustrating usage:

You can also download all three in a zip here pylolgraph.zip

How to use:

  • My system is WinXP.  Not tested on anything else.
  • Download pylolgraph.pde, and upload it to your Arduino.  Make sure the BAUD variable matches that in your Python module (below).
  • Download pylolgraph.py, put it in your Python path.
  • Download example01.py:  Set it’s BAUD variable to match that in pylolgraph.pde, and set its PORT variable to be the port your Arduino is on (will vary depending on your OS).
  • Start pylolgraph.pde on the Arduino.  Run example01.py from the command-line or double-click the icon: You should see a small Pygame window pop up:  When you click the LMB, a white donut will appear in the Pygame window.  The same donut should then appear on the lolshield.

Inspect the documentation in pylolgraph.py for more details on implementation.  Here is example pseudo-code for writing your own Pygame application with the code:

import pygame
import pylolgraph

# Setup some constants:
# Create a resolution that corresponds to the lolshield.
# See docs on the pylolgraph.LOLShield.setSurface() method
# for acceptable resolutions.
WIDTH, HEIGHT = (448, 288)
# Baud rate must be the same as setup in pylolgraph.pde
BAUD = 28800
# Port the Arduino is on, on my WinXP box.
PORT = 'COM4'

# Start Pygame application:
# Make surface that will have its data sent to lolshield:
screenSurf = pygame.display.set_mode((WIDTH, HEIGHT))

# Setup lolshield object:
lolshield = pylolgraph.LolShield(port=PORT, baudrate=BAUD)
# Set the surface that will have its pixel data sent to the Arduino\lolshield:
lolshield.setSurface(screenSurf)

# inside main loop:
    # Draw stuff to screenSurf.  Then:
    lolshield.sendData()
    • scanion
    • August 10th, 2010 12:43am

    This is cool stuff!!!!

  1. No trackbacks yet.