Looks like projects are kicking off in the office as we are getting closer to Christmas!
LED Matrix Display
One ongoing project is @cameron’s LED matrix display driver. I think he had made some pretty cool tooling improvements this week (using cross-compiling for the Raspberry Pi and
resin sync to quickly iterate the code on the device. Because of this, he made quite a bit of progress, and in the afternoon he was showing us an animated Christmas tree:
Here it is in action as well (link to YouTube):
It’s very much work in progress, but we still have a week till Christmas.
Yule Log Video Display
Who doesn’t like a nice little log fire? That’s why yule log videos are so popular on Youtube, for example. To “heat up” our office, we’ve used resin-electronjs the project by @curcuz, which is probably the easiest way you can get a kiosk-style app started.
We have a wall mounted screen, with a Raspberry Pi connected over HDMI, deployed with the
The Youtube video is set up to go full screen, auto play, and loop, which can be achieved by adding
?rel=0&autoplay=1&loop=1&playlist=<VIDEOID> to the video’s URL, where the
<VIDEOID> is the video’s unique ID (this is required for
loop=1 to work, according to this changelog. So for example ours is
https://www.youtube.com/embed/97g1krDkzNI?rel=0&autoplay=1&loop=1&playlist=97g1krDkzNI, that’s the value set as the
URL_LAUNCHER_URL environment variable for the device. Of course there are a lot of other nice yule log videos to choose from.
It definitely spiced up our weekly video meeting, people spotting the log fire on the wall behind.
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How are you doing? Are you in the holiday spirits yet?