there is the option to configure an attached TFT screen as an additoinal framebuffer, so does not use the hdmi port. This is screen is a bit smaller than you've specified, but the priciple can use the same (for compatable TFT screens) :
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 59&t=40674
Wow thank you so much, this is actually closer to what I had in mind the 1.8 would be a perfect size for what I'm doing, I just hadn't seen anyone using one with real images, all they used were files text.
"screen as an additoinal framebuffer" not sure what that means exactly, but overall how hard would be to replicate what was shown in that video with python. I know absolutely nothing about kernel, to be honest I don't even know what it really is.