Pong on a Raspberry PIAs a self-study project I experimented to create a Pong game + slide shown on a Raspberry PI with Tkinter, GPIO and physical buttons.
- Raspberry PI, of course ;-)
- SD card with Raspbian OS
- 3 boxes with on/off button like this one
- Breadboard for the first experimental setup
- Electrical cable with three wires
- Some breadboard cables
- Box to protect the Raspberry PI
- If you want easy control a bluetooth keyboard and/or Wifi dongle
AssemblingConnect the electric cables to the push buttons.
Optionally, run a first test with a breadboard before assembling in the box.
Integrate the cables in the box.
Connect to the GPIO pins of the Raspberry PI.
Source codeI started with an existing Python pong game from Matt Pugh.
It needed a lot of tweening to make it multiplayer, keep scores and configure it to run smoothly on the PI. It was also extended to have a main page with advertisements and where additional games can be added, you know once, when I have time... ;-)
For the slideshow, I extended the code from Stack exchange.
My complete source can be found here on GitHub.
Some additional Python libaries need to be installed
- pip install RPi.GPIO
- pip install keyboard
- pip install pillow
- sudo apt-get install python-imaging-tk
Tips & tricksI tried out many different methods to get rid of the screensaver, but the only good solution turned out to be:
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install xscreensaver
If you want to get rid of the mouse pointer, follow the step-by-step on this site.