Pimeroni Unicorn HAT is one of the most popular and at the same time easiest to use Raspberry HATs in Pimoroni offering. It is featured with a matrix of 64 RGB LEDs powered directly through the Pi board. The applications of the HAT spread from just a simple games in the classroom up to color indications in your robot. All of this accessible in a really straight forward way and supported by a range of Python libraries available on github and officially issued by Pimeroni. The hat is compatible with all Raspbery boards given its universal 40 GPIO pinout
Raspberry Pi HATs
Raspberry Pi HATs are an essential element to the Raspberry foundation ecosystem. These are the expansion boards that in Arduino world would be called shields, but given the power of the Pi very often open even broader range of applications. Raspberry Pi HATs have 40 pin GPIO pinout allowing to put them on on virtually all the Raspberry boards. The shields for Raspberry Zero format are usually denoted as pHATs. Given backward compatibility of Raspberry boards all HATs should work with Raspberry Pi 4 series, however we haven´t tested most of them, so if you want to get a HAT for your new Raspberry please look for specific information in product description or reach out to us directly.
€1.00 - €40.00
If you are into prototyping with your Raspberry (which you should be given that is what the board is for), Pimeroni Explorer HAT Pro is a great solution for you. Board is equipped with a range of inputs and outpu, which enables it to achieve range of potential applications from controlling motors, to analog sensors and 5V systems. As any Pimeroni accessory it is well compatible with all Raspberry boards and comes in with a range of Pythong libraries on github issued by Pimeroni team themselves
Pimeroni Display-O-Tron is one of the most popular and at the same time easiest to use HATs in Pimoroni offering. It is featured with 16x3 character LCD supporting a complete ASCII character set. The shield is powered directly through the Pi board. The board comes with multiple capactive touch pads on top of that. All functions of the shield are accessible in a really straight forward way and supported by a range of Python libraries available on github and officially issued by Pimeroni. The hat is compatible with all Raspbery boards given its universal 40 GPIO pinout
Pimeroni Unicorn HAT HD is one of the most popular and at the same time easiest to use Raspberry HATs in Pimoroni offering. Compared to the Unicorn HAT it is equiped with twice as many LEDs in a row and a column giving a matrix of 256 LEDS! All of this accessible in a really straight forward way and supported by a range of Python libraries available on github and officially issued by Pimeroni. The hat is compatible with all Raspbery boards given its universal 40 GPIO pinout
The Pimeroni Automation HAT is a great solution for home automation. The controller board includes relays, powered outputs and buffered inputs up to 24V as well as analog channels. Set of LEDs showing the current state of each of the channels. So if you need to get a light automation or garden sprinkling phasing set in place, this is the board just for you
Expansion Board GPIO Shield 40 Raspberry Pi B+ Pin features:
- Shield module for Raspberry Pi 2 and Pi 3, B and B +
Can't stand to run out of pins in your Raspberry Pi? You have a cool new accessory but there's no way to plug it in? If you answered yes to any of the above, then this pHAT could be just for you. This piece has 6 sets of 40 GPIOS - one for your Pi and the rest (5) for your collection of HATs that you might want to plug in at the same time. Use it for a specific project or just to play with several HATs at once.
16 servo motors with one board seems impossible? With this board not only it isn´t impossible, but it even seems easy. Additionally, you won´t need to sacrifice any of your valuable GPIOs as the HAT connects directly via I2C. Additionally, you have a serial terminal connection at your disposal.
You can supply the power to the board through your Pi or directly if you are going for larger servos and would need a separate source of power. Simply scrap a small blob of solder on the isolation jumper.
You are looking for an easy way to program a microcontroller in your Arduino. It has never been easier - with this board you can do it in the record speed with support or Raspberry (or without for that matter, as the HAT works on the standalone basis as well). It was first developed as an in-house solution for Sparkfun production, and for its quality and usefulness ended up in mass production with a solid fan following.
The board includes several handy features ranging from the capacitive touch button for a standalone mode to launch programming, LEDs indicating the status of the program upload as well as some whiteboard labels to keep track of your projects.
QWIIC is a connection standard developed by Sparkfun enabling a quick an easy connection of peripherals without a need to solder pins, without any mismatches due to polarized connector. And on top of that you can "daisy chain" them!
This hat pretty much opens the whole QWIIC universe in front of your Pi. It features 4 QWIIC ports all on the same I2C bus (GND, 3.3V, SDA, and SCL).
A universal 2x20 GPIO makes it compatible with all Raspberry Pi boards, as well as Google Coral and Jetson Nano.
Note: For a secure connection in some applications, you'll need to add a pair of 1x20 stackable headers to extend the pins to your cart.
Types of Raspberry Pi HATs
HATs primary to types could be split in input (sensors), output (actuators) and adapter boards, however many of them actually combines all of these functions (especially IoT focused HATs). The key categories by application would include most likely motor/ servo boards (enabling movement), sensor boards (enabling collecting information about board environment including temperature, pressure, current location, gestures, light and many others), communication (across the range of protocols from bluetooth to WiFi), audio and display HATs. One thing is sure and that is that no matter what project you have come up with, there potentially is a board for that already.
Raspberry Pi HATs key providers
Similarly to Arduino, there is a range of producers supporting Raspberry with their own designs of shields with the most recognized being Pimoroni, Waveshare and PiHut or JustBoom. Additionally, there is a wide range of offering from generalists such us Adafruit, Sparkfun, Seed and Pololu. We benefit from several official distribution agreements with the most renowned providers and for the others offer the most popular products. No matter the provider we always try to provide the best products in the competitive prices. Look through the category and our producer pages to learn more.
Resources for Raspberry Pi HATs
The developers of accessories for Raspberry Pi offer full technical support and range of materials for the boards and HATs including Python libraries and launch tutorials. Additionally, Solectro team works on providing our proprietary materials on interesting projects and tutorials for the Raspberry boards. Stay alert and check our offering and tutorial sections.