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Raspberry Pi Sense HAT

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The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is an add-on board for Raspberry Pi, made especially for the Astro Pi mission which launched to the International Space Station in December 2015 and is now available to buy. It features a multitude of inputs and outputs for reading and interacting with the Sense HAT's sensors and the Raspberry Pi.

The Sense HAT has an 8×8 RGB LED matrix, a five-button joystick and includes a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, temperature sensor, barometric pressure sensor, and humidity sensor. There's also a full Python library that accompanies the board.

  • 40 Pin Female Header - Plugs directly into the Raspberry Pi
  • 8x8 Tri-color LED Matrix
  • 5-Way Joystick
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Barometric pressure

Raspberry Pi Sense HAT Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Programming

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.

3 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

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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