Raspberry Pi Picos come in different form factors. Some boards use only the RP2040 SoC, while others, such as Pimoroni’s Gaoptic Unicorn, embed the entire Raspberry Pi Pico W into a large PCB.of galaxy unicorn watch, made by the manufacturer Charles (aka Hugo Kernel) and, Raspberry Pi Pico W for control.
We’re already big fans of the new Pimoroni RGB Matrix panel, so excited to see it implemented into such a useful project.According to Charles, the idea for this project was LaMetric device This allowed us to further customize it with our own features and more. Being Pico-based, there are no limits, especially when wireless support is built in.
Charles shared a list of features already included, and we were definitely impressed with the flexibility. Of course, you can set the time, but you can also adjust the brightness, set the color, and set the clock in your favorite position to make the display your own. You can also create your own fonts and add characters. animation.
- NTP time
- Brightness adjustment (manual or automatic)
- character animation
- Set clock position
- Change the background color, letters, and each letter
- You can change the spacing between each character
- create your own font
- easy hack list
To create this project he uses the Pimoroni Galactic Unicorn. Wide flat matrix panel with Pico W installed. The only additional hardware required is to power the panel. The battery can be used as a pack if you want to carry it around, or you can use a wall charger for simplicity.
The software in this project is written in MicroPython and is completely open source for those who want to explore the source code or download it themselves. Everything you need to recreate can be found on GitHub. Charles says plans are also underway to make the system compatible with his Pimoroni’s Cosmic Unicorn board.
If you want to see this Raspberry Pi project in action, check out the project page: Github Be sure to follow Charles for more updates and upcoming projects.