Month: May 2017

GfxLCD tests and fixes – page drawing

We need tests for GfxLCD and we need it now! But this is a driver so what can we test? W can and must test all drawing functions. We have two algorithms the page and the area. Let’ begin with page one.
We can mock a chip class in such way that it won’t use a driver and all drawing would go to a buffer and we always can check if buffer looks as we want.


Daj siΔ™ poznaΔ‡ / Get noticed – summary

Time is almost over but we have so much more work to do! Of course, we won’t stop our work but let’s summarise was has been done during competition.

The main goal was to build a control node that can gather and display information from different sources/sensors. This node is the Doton project.

But before we could create it we have to do two other projects: a GfxLCD python library, NodeOne sensor and improve one: NodeMCU boilerplate. So, in fact, we have done four projects πŸ™‚


Doton on bigger screen

We have a driver for ILI9486 320×480 display and we can run Doton on it. But currently, it would use only half of the screen. Our window manager has hard-coded dimension 240×320.

We need to do something with it. I think we can update manager to calculate grid from dimensions and additionally we can add tiles auto positioning.

Why? Because it seems that not setting position on the screen can be better πŸ™‚ System can add pages when required and take care of horizontal vs vertical position.
But I think that we should be able to set coords if we want to.

Source code @ GitHub


Raspberry PI, GfxLCD and ILI9486

Recently I bought an LCD 4″ IPS with an ILI9486 chip from Waveshare. It should be better than 2.8″ πŸ™‚ In instruction states that this display can work as system screen and I thought that maybe we can use PyQt or something instead of a custom driver.
The idea died quickly. I tried to run it on Raspberry Pi Zero W and this is not trivial πŸ™‚ First, I hit the bug with inability to use GPIO #17 and driver couldn’t be loaded. After some googling, I know that this is caused by the newest kernel. So I reverted to old one and… screen booted up but WiFi and Bluetooth did not.
So this way is no go. Back to the original idea and custom driver for ILI9486.

Windows 10 IoT, Python and ILI9325

My friend suggested me that I should write Doton in a .NET. A Huge challenge, I never thought about it but maybe we can do some research in this matter?
I installed Windows 10 IoT edition on my Raspi, started Visual Studio 2015 and.. stopped πŸ˜€ I had no idea what to do. Googling and I found something that was beautiful and crazy at the same time.
It was an information that we can use a Python… So maybe we can port a project to Windows 10 IoT? Let’s see!


Doton and multiple pages

We can display only 6 tiles on the screen. It is not too much. But when we redesigned GUI we prepared touch spots to scroll between pages.
A page is a group of maximum 6 tiles so one page fits on the screen. And with a few pages, we can have much more information available.
I’m little afraid of inaccuracy of touch panel. Why? See that scroll down area overlaps our two widget buttons. We may be forced to move them up to the middle row. But we will see πŸ™‚