Show live data, animations, pictures, or anything on simple displays like RGB matrices
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README.rst

Infopanel

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Infopanel is a tool to organize and display live information from many sources (various sensors, etc.), simple animations, images, animated gifs and anything else on various screens. In particular, it is suitable for displaying various scenes on a RGB LED Matrix.

The code for this project, as well as the issue tracker, etc. is hosted on GitHub. The full documentation is hosted at https://partofthething.com/infopanel.

What is it?

Infopanel is useful as a component in a home automation system, as a fun decoration, or even as a system monitoring display. It can show you weather, traffic conditions, jokes, basically anything you can send to it. It gets data from MQTT, which can come from all sorts of sources.

It works with only one display so far, but more will be added if desired:

Installing it

Directly from source:

git clone git@github.com:partofthething/infopanel.git
cd infopanel
python setup.py install

Note

If you don't have git, you can just download the source directly from here.

Using it

To use it you need to set up a configuration file that describes the screen, data sources, and various sprites, scenes (collections of sprites), and modes (sets of scenes).

mqtt:
  broker: test.com
  port: 8883
  client_id: screen
  keepalive: 60
  username: user
  password: pass
  certificate: /etc/ssl/certs/DST_Root_CA_X3.pem
  protocol: 3.1
  topic: house/screen/#

RGBMatrix:
  led-rows: 32
  led-chain: 2
  led-parallel: 1
  led-pwm-bits: 11
  led-brightness: 100
  led-gpio-mapping: adafruit-hat-pwm
  led-scan-mode: 1
  led-pwm-lsb-nanoseconds: 130
  led-show-refresh: false
  led-slowdown-gpio: 0
  led-no-hardware-pulse: false

sprites:
  I90:
      type: Duration
      label: I90
      low_val: 13.0
      high_val: 23.0
      data_label: travel_time_i90

scenes:
  flag:
      type: Image
      path: $HOME/.infopanel/flag.ppm
  cat:
      type: AnimatedGif
      path: $HOME/.infopanel/rainbow_cat.gif

 modes:
  morning:
    - giraffes:
        duration: 15
    - traffic:
        duration: 10

global:
    font_dir: $RPI_RGB_LED_MATRIX/fonts

and run (with sudo if using RGB matrix on a Raspberry Pi):

sudo python -m infopanel --config ~/.infopanel/infopanel.yaml

There are a few animations built in (e.g. giraffes), but you will have lots of fun building your own sprites and animations. See tests/test_config.yaml for full examples of this.