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Feeling fancy? Why not add a Top pHAT to your Pi pHAT stack? The SparkFun Top pHAT for Raspberry Pi is intended to be at the top of a pHAT stack so you won't find any pins for stacking on top of this board, but that's ok, because you will want to preserve your view of the 2.4" TFT display, six RGB LED's and three switches squeezed onto this board!
Can you use the SparkFun Top pHAT to prototype machine learning on your Raspberry Pi 4, NVIDIA Jetson, Google Coral or another single-board computer? Indubitably! The SparkFun Top pHAT supports machine learning interactions including voice control with on-board microphones & speaker, graphical display for camera control feedback, and uninhibited access to the RPi camera connector. Additionally, you can use the programmable buttons, joystick, and RGB LED for user defined I/O, dynamic system interaction, or system status displays.
Can you use it as an interface to introduce your project to the SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem? Indeed! In addition to all the previous features, we have also included a Qwiic connector to allow easy integration over I2C. Billions of combinations of Qwiic-enabled boards are available to you to expand upon the capabilities of the SparkFun Top pHAT.
With all the I/O interaction on this board and the lack of soldering needed to get up and running, the SparkFun Top pHAT is the fundamental machine learning add-on for Raspberry Pi or any 2x20 GPIO SBC!
NOTE: The I2C address of the Top pHAT is 0x71 and is hardware defined. A multiplexer/Mux is required to communicate to multiple Top pHAT sensors on a single bus. If you need to use more than one Top pHAT sensor consider using the Qwiic Mux Breakout.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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