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Hide the mouse cursor on a Raspberry Pi

The openHAB HABpanel we have in the kitchen runs on a Raspberry Pi and uses a touchscreen display. The browser starts in fullscreen mode, and shows a specific HABpanel screen for this display. That’s all nice, but by default the mouse cursor is in the way. Let’s get rid of it.

The Raspbian system which runs on the Pi comes with a package called unclutter. This hides the curser after a few seconds. All I have to do is install the package, and start the app. Right?

Raspberry Pi: disable Wi-Fi powersave, and stay connected all the time

Recently I installed a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, and attached a touchscreen to it. The device is supposed to work as a display for our openHAB home automation system. All nice and shiny, except the Pi occasionally disconnects from the Wi-Fi - apparently in order to safe power. Once the network device is needed, the Wi-Fi is reconnected. That is the default setting.

That is quite annoying, because the HABpanel will lose it’s connection to the openHAB server, and no longer show widget updates. Some widgets like “time” will just continue to work, but other widgets like status of the washing machine, or the current outside temperature just show the last state, and never update.

openHAB: widget with multiple different background colors

Previously I blogged about how the washing machine and the dryer are integrated into the openHAB home automation system.

For a while I had a standard Dummy widget in HABpanel, but that didn’t look very nice, was very standard, and the different icons for different states don’t really work. When I started integrating another Raspberry Pi with a touch screen (blog post to come), I refreshed the HABpanel, added another dashboard, and along the way I wrote a new “Template” widget for the washing machine and the dryer.