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PiMoroni Unicorn Hat

Quick Overview

The PiMoroni Unicorn Hat is an 8×8 array of super-bright LEDs. It is ideal for mood-lighting, 8×8 pixel art, persistence of vision effects, status indications, or just blasting colour into your surroundings. It is compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, B+, and A+, has a Python API and plugs straight onto the GPIO pins.

Available on backorder

$59.95

Availability: Available on backorder

Product Description

What’s going to protect your beloved Raspberry Pi from an onslaught of rainbow-coloured fusion? That’s right, it’s the Unicorn HAT.

Sporting a matrix of 64 (8 x 8) RGB LEDs and powered directly from the Pi this is the most compact pocket aurora available.

Unicorn HAT provides a wash of controllable colour that is ideal for mood-lighting, 8×8 pixel art, persistence of vision effects, status indications, or just blasting colour into your surroundings.

  • 64 RGB LEDs (WS2812B)
  • Python API
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, B+, and A+
  • EEPROM with Raspberry Pi HAT configuration details
  • LED data driven via DMA over PWM

You need a good 2A power supply for your Pi for Unicorn HAT to work.

Raspberry Pi 2 Users! Click here for the latest software updates

  • Warning: RGB LEDs are bright enough to cause eye pain, do not look at them directly when brightly lit. We recommend the use of a diffuser.
  • Compatibility (Audio): As the HAT uses the PWM hardware and GPIO18, it will interfere with analogue audio playback. HDMI should be just fine though! 😀
  • Compatibility (Model B): HATs are only compatible with the newer B+ and Model 2 Raspberry Pi. They will not fit nicely on a B. You can hack it to work with a Model B though.
  • Compatibility (Pibow): The Unicorn HAT (and other HATs) now work just fine with our range of fine Pibows! If you have any problems getting a hat to fit, email our support ninjas for help and advice.
  • Photo-sensitivity warning: Flashing, strobing, and patterns of lights may cause epileptic seizures. Always take care and immediately stop using if you feel unwell (dizziness, nausea, affected vision, eye twitching, disorientation).

Analog Audio

Due to the way Unicorn HAT works, you can’t use your Pi’s analog audio alongside it. If you see odd random colour patterns and flickering make sure analog audio is disabled.

Code and Examples

You can find a range of stuff to tame your new cyber-pony on the GitHub repo:

https://github.com/pimoroni/unicorn-hat

 

Additional Information

Weight 50 g