A new Raspberry Pi HAT has been launched this week by Adafruit in the form of the Pimoroni Explorer HAT deigned specially for the Raspberry Pi mini PC and is priced at $12.95.
The Pimoroni Explorer HAT for Raspberry Pi provides user with a wealth of input and output options that can be used to drive motors, connect analog sensors, interfacing with 5V systems, and touch interfaces.
If you are looking for a way to easily prototype projects using your Raspberry Pi 2, B+, or A+ the new Pimoroni Explorer HAT is sure to be a great addition to your kit. Features of the Explorer HAT include :
– 4x buffered 5V tolerant inputs : Hook up your Pi to accept input from 5V systems (like Arduino Uno/Leonardo or 5V Trinkets). We’ve used a 5-channel buffer that will accept anything from 2V-5V as logic high.
– 4x powered 5v outputs (up to 500mA!) :The onboard darlington array can supply up to 500mA per channel (but you’ll be limited to driving around 1A total from the board). Ideal for stepper motors, solenoids, and relays.
– 4x capacitive touch pads + 4x capacitive alligator clip pads : Four along the front edge for touch input (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4) and four up the side for attaching alligator clips to objects (such as fruit, or tin foil) for experimentation!
– 4x colored LEDs : Independently controllable LEDs (red, green, blue, and yellow) that make great status indicators.
– 1x mini breadboard on top
For more information on the new Raspberry Pi 2, B+, or A+ Pimoroni Explorer HAT jump over to the Adafruit website for details via the link below.