Overview

Mario Clouds & Flying Toasters

In this project we’re making retro inspired wearables!

The pendant features an IPS display with animated graphics. It uses Adafruit’s CircuitPython to create animated sprites that look like flying toasters and scrolling clouds.

We originally did these two as Pro Trinket projects, with a monochrome OLED for the toasters, and a color OLED for the clouds. To keep up with modern times, and the new high visibility IPS displays, we've upgraded both projects here to use CircuitPython instead of Arduino for easier customization. The displays also look a lot better, but the price and construction is about the same!

3D Printed Retro Pendant

With CircuitPython, you use the DisplayIO library to generate custom graphics and interfaces.

You can use bitmap images to create sprite sheets and palettes to generate colored pixels. 

The code in this project randomly generates flying toasters that continuously scroll across the screen. We think it’s a great example for folks getting started with DisplayIO and CircuitPython.

We made two versions, one for each display, so you can use the 1.3in or 1.54in IPS display.

It’s also easy to swap out the graphics and modify the code to make your own animations.

Parts

Adafruit 1.3" 240x240 Wide Angle TFT LCD Display with MicroSD

PRODUCT ID: 4313
We've been looking for a display like this for a long time - it's so small only 1.3" diagonal but has a high density 260 ppi, 240x240 pixel display with...
$16.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit 1.54" 240x240 Wide Angle TFT LCD Display with MicroSD

PRODUCT ID: 3787
We've been looking for a display like this for a long time - it's only 1.5" diagonal but has a high density 220 ppi, 240x240 pixel display with full-angle viewing. It...
OUT OF STOCK

Adafruit ItsyBitsy M4 Express featuring ATSAMD51

PRODUCT ID: 3800
What's smaller than a Feather but larger than a Trinket? It's an Adafruit ItsyBitsy M4 Express featuring the Microchip ATSAMD51! Small,...
$14.95
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Adafruit LiIon/LiPoly Backpack Add-On for Pro Trinket/ItsyBitsy

PRODUCT ID: 2124
If you have an ItsyBitsy or Pro Trinket you probably know it's the perfect little size for a portable project. This LiPoly backpack makes it really easy to do! Instead of wiring 2...
$4.95
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Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch

PRODUCT ID: 805
These nice switches are perfect for use with breadboard and perfboard projects. They have 0.1" spacing and snap in nicely into a solderless breadboard. They're easy to switch...
$0.95
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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 150mAh

PRODUCT ID: 1317
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$5.95
IN STOCK

Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 10 Wire 1 Meter Long

PRODUCT ID: 3890
For those who are fans of our silicone-covered wires, but are always looking to up their wiring game. We now have Silicone Cover Ribbon cables! These may look...
$3.95
IN STOCK
This guide was first published on Nov 05, 2019. It was last updated on Nov 05, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Nov 17, 2019.