Electronics Projects Index

After transitioning to WordPress, I started writing up my newer projects as ‘blog posts’ rather than ‘pages’. Please find below a list of links to every electronics project related blog post:

Comments (10)

  1. Lee says:


    I understand this is an old post, but I’m interested in getting a VFD display working with my Pi. I find these are great nostalgic displays ideal for home automation, server stats or anything else you want to cobble together.

    I live in the UK with a little programming experiance and was wondering if you know of any good sources to get hold of one of these displays, or similar types. I understand these would be in short supply soon due to this type of technology.

    Any help would be great appreciated.


  2. admin says:

    Hi Lee,

    I purchased my displays from eBay.

  3. Jason says:


    Wanted to resurrect this blog post really quick. I ran your provided code through python and just got instructions. When I try to do the commands that you mention at the end, it brings up errors. I’m very new to programming and the raspberry pi in general. How do I get this to work? What am I doing wrong? Any help is well appreciated! Thanks

  4. Steve says:

    For people searching for a new VFD module; these Noritake VFD’s are still stocked in the UK by Farnell and make a great display for headless Pi’s

  5. Franky says:

    I was wondering how would I go about running the script. I run the script in terminal using the python command “sudo python vfd.py”

    and all it does is display this in terminal:
    vfd.py [args…]

    what the hell am i doing wrong doc?

  6. admin says:

    Try this:

    sudo python vfd.py write “Hello World”

  7. Lee says:

    Hi, I understand this is an old post, but I’ve just got myself this exact VFD display but unable to display anything. I’ve tried running sudo python vfd.py write “Hello World” but just returns the cursor. Any help would be much appreciated.

  8. Lee says:

    I’ve now managed to get this working, I’ve used the updated script on git that includes “self.spi.max_speed_hz = 500000”. I’m now just trying to figure out how to send commands to the display. I’m looking at digital clock project, or interface this with Kodi to display stats.

    If you have any further suggestions or help, I would be much appreciated.

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