Friday Product Post: Holy Pimoroni!

A new Bare Conductive touch board, as well as four brilliant Pimoroni boards, all for your Raspberry Pi!

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Hello, friends! It has been an unbelievably long week for all of us, so let's put it all behind us and focus on this fantastic Friday Product Post! This week we are very pleased to introduce four Pimoroni boards, as well as a new Bare Conductive board. The best part about these five new products is that they are all equipped to be used as "shields" for your Raspberry Pi. Without further ado, let's dive in and check out what we have this week!

Holy Pimoroni, Batman!

Pimoroni Unicorn HAT

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The Pimoroni Unicorn HAT is a "shield" for the Raspberry Pi that sports a matrix of 64 (8x8) WS2812 RGB LEDs powered directly from the Pi. The Unicorn HAT provides a wash of controllable color that is ideal for mood-lighting, 8x8 pixel art, persistence of vision effects, status indications, or just blasting color into your surroundings.

Pimoroni Blinkt!

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The second Pimoroni LED board today, the Blinkt!, is equipped with eight super-bright APA102 RGB LEDs that make it ideal for adding visual notifications to your Pi. Each LED is individually controllable and dimmable, allowing you to create gradients, pulsing effects or just flash them on and off like crazy.

Pimoroni Explorer HAT Pro


The Pimoroni Explorer HAT Pro is the perfect prototyping sidekick for your Pi. The Explorer HAT Pro has a heap of useful input and output options that will take your Raspberry Pi projects to the next level. This add-on board is great for driving motors, using analog sensors, interfacing with 5V systems and touch (even fruit-based!) interfaces.

Pimoroni Display-O-Tron HAT

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The Pimoroni Display-O-Tron HAT provides you with a 16x3 character LCD, as well as a full ASCII character set that lets you define eight of your own custom characters for special icons, graphs or decoration for your Pi. This HAT has been equipped with multiple capacitive touch pads, a six-zone RGB backlight and GPIO breakout pins.

Bare Conductive Pi Cap


Not a Pimoroni but equally as good is the Bare Conductive Pi Cap. This is a small, shield-like device that adds precise capacitive touch, distance sensing and high-quality audio to your Raspberry Pi A+, B+, Zero and later (any Raspberry Pi with a 40-pin GPIO connector). Connect Electric Paint or anything conductive to one of the 12 electrodes to control sounds, video and more. Connecting the physical world to the digital world is easy with Bare Conductive's fully featured libraries and extensive online tutorials.

SparkFun PiRetrocade

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Last up this week, we wanted to make sure we let everyone know that the SparkFun PiRetrocade now has stock available and shipping orders!

That's it for this week, folks. We hope you enjoy the new Raspberry Pi products. We've already been playing around with them, and we've really loved each of them. We'll be back next Friday with even more new products that are sure to thrill and excite. See you next week!

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  • Member #394180 / about 8 years ago / 2

    So sad! All those LEDs and an LCD board and your demo video didn't show a single one powered up. Think of the visual impact, the irresistabilty of placing an order if only we could have seen all those spectacular colors.

  • That's really a cool news. I really enjoyed your article.

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