The Pip-Boy is a (virtual) personal information processor found in Fallout post-apocalyptic role-playing video games. But John Edgar Park decided to bring the wrist computer to (real) life combining an Adafruit Feather RP2040 board, a round IPS TFT color display, directional buttons, a joystick, and a battery.
The Raspberry Pi RP2040 based Pip-Boy is programmed with CircuitPython and the demo code is a slide-show with navigation controls, but you could obviously adapt the code to your needs.
The main components are:
- Black Adafruit Feather RP2040 board
- Adafruit Joy FeatherWing adding buttons and a joystick
- Adafruit 1.69″ 280×240 Round Rectangle Color IPS TFT Display
- FeatherWing Tripler mini kit to connect the two boards above and the display
- 3D printed enclosure
- A 3.7V/420mAh LiPo battery for power
- On/off switch
The design is completed with some headers, stand-offs, screws, and a nylon watch strap. You’ll find detailed instructions with the list of parts, assembly instructions, flashing CircuitPython, loading the program, and printing and assembling the enclosure on Adafruit Learn.
Via Tom’s Hardware
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