Electronics Bash – #24- Visual Displays in Python

Some get into programming computers to look at data on a chart, but let’s be real – we want to make shiny things in lots of pretty colors! Today we’re looking at how to use a fundamental graphics library to make visual displays in Python on the Raspberry Pi.

Topics Include:

  • The PyGame library
  • Drawing to the Screen
  • Primative objects (lines, rectangles, circles)
  • Including images
  • The perpetual loop


Pygame – Hello World

Pygame – Draw Circle

Pygame – Draw Rectangle

Pygame – Draw Primitives


First Movement

Keyboard Movement



Mouse Squares

Minesweeper Starter

Resources and Links

Links and Resources:
Raspberry Pi Homepage: https://www.raspberrypi.org/
Raspberry Pi OS: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
MagPi Magazine: https://magpi.raspberrypi.org/
Python Reference: https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/index.html

Getting Started:
Raspberry Pi Imager: https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
Troubleshooting Guide: https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/troubleshooting-guide/
Display Troubleshooting: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/display/troubleshooting.md
Starting w/o a Monitor: https://bit.ly/33IvKCc

Video on Raspberry Pi Supplies: https://youtu.be/zeHvQZzkxbk
Raspberry Pi 4: https://www.adafruit.com/product/4292
Power Supp;y: https://amzn.to/2PiU6u6
MicroSD Card: https://amzn.to/2EHfHdA
MicroSD Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2EEmNiR
Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable: https://amzn.to/3jWffYW
Keyboard and Mouse: https://amzn.to/39LRX3v
Cat5 Cable: https://amzn.to/2EzoJcm

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