Pico project number one is finally “shipped” with the addition of a badly made wooden frame to hold the thing and let me stick it to the wall, plugged into a USB power socket.
Let’s face it: the frame is not it’s strong point, but just putting the raw components on the wall would look very unfinished.
Is it actually useful? Who knows, although I can’t imagine I’ll ever save as much time from not opening my phone to look at the weather as I spent making it. Was it fun? Totally.
The journey to get here:
- Getting Started With The Raspberry Pi Pico
- Writing To The E-ink Display With Micropython
I’ve already discovered a couple of downsides to the frame I made (apart from how rough it looks):
- It’s a bit chunky and projects from the wall too far
- I thought a USB power cable with right angle connectors would let me really shrink the space requirements, which it has, but it’s also limited the placement options
- It’s fixed to the wall by stick picture hanger things, which is fine, but when I spotted a problem I wanted to fix I had to take it off and then use another pair of stickers to put it back up again. i.e. it’s a real pain in the bum to update
- And talking of which, if the Pico inside ever needed replacing I’d basically be taking the case to pieces to swap it out
Next time I think a longer cable so it can sit on a table or shelf rather than fix to the wall.
Now onto the next project.