Pimoroni Skywriter HAT

Pimoroni Skywriter HAT

Pimoroni Skywriter HAT
Pimoroni Skywriter HAT
Pimoroni Skywriter HAT


The Skywriter HAT from Pimoroni will get you gesture control on your Raspberry Pi. Use this 3D interface to sense things floating in the air over it. Detect swipes and the motion of your hand with X, Y and Z positions. Skywriter HAT uses electrical near-field 3D sensing to generate positional data and detect common gestures like flicks and taps.

Use it to control your presentations like a Jedi, make a theremin to amaze and annoy all, or make a lock controlled by a magic spell!


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  • Electrical near-field 3D/gesture sensing
  • 4-layer PCB for best sensing performance
  • Range of up to 5cm
  • Full 3D position data and gesture information (flicks, taps)
  • Uses the Microchip MGC3130 sensor
  • Skywriter HAT pinout
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3, 2, B+, A+, Zero, and Zero W
  • Python library
  • Comes fully assembled



The guys from Pimoroni have put together a Skywriter HAT Python library to take all the hard work out of reading Skywriter HAT’s positional data and gestures, along with some examples to help you get started.


Because the sensing distance is up to 5cm you can mount Skywriter HAT behind a sheet of non-conductive material (like acrylic or fabric) and completely hide it inside your project! This means you could put your Pi and Skywriter HAT into a closed case, as long as the case is made to fit a HAT as well.



Source: Pimoroni.com