Well, I just got a package! All the hardware I ordered for the Raspberry Pipboy build.
Here’s a copy of my shopping list, All of it from Adafruit:
- HDMI 5″ 800×480 Display Backpack – With Touchscreen
- USB Cable with Switch – A/MicroB
- 3 x 16mm Illuminated Pushbutton – Red Momentary
- Hook-up Wire Spool Set – 22AWG Solid Core – 6 x 25 ft
- Adafruit Assembled Pi Cobbler Breakout + Cable for Raspberry Pi (Model B)
- Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires – 20 x 6″ (150mm)
- Hakko Professsional Quality 20-30 AWG Wire Strippers (CSP-30-1)
- Full sized breadboard
- Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires – 40 x 3″ (75mm)
- Adafruit Perma-Proto Half-sized Breadboard PCB – Single
I’ve also added a stack of resistors and LEDs for testing from my local Maplin. The Raspberry Pi I’ve had sitting around for a while, after I stopped using it as a media center PC.
First things first was getting output working from the GPIO pins. This is my first attempt at using them. I set up a pretty basic circuit to light up a handful of LEDs using python.
Next, I tried out my new LED buttons, replacing the LED’s in the circuit:
It’s a bit of a mess, but it works! In the final build I plan to solder them all into a much neater package. But this initial foray into electronics has worked out rather well (and much faster than I’d expected)! Next up, getting the software running.