The guys from Pimoroni have designed a new HAT for the Raspberry Pi that can be used with Googles Android ThingsTM – an Android-based embedded operation system platform. If you want to find out more about how Android ThingsTM works, watch the video below from Android Authority.
The Rainbow HAT has a lot of sensors, inputs and displays to explore Android ThingsTM. Use it as a weather station, a clock, a timer or stopwatch, a mood light, or endless other things.
Pimoroni have worked with the Android Things team at Google to create this great add-on board that features displays, sensors, sound, and lots of LEDs! It’s the perfect introduction to developing Android ThingsTM applications on the Raspberry Pi.
Rainbow HAT also has a full Python API for use on Raspbian just like all of our other HATs that you know and love!
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Rainbow HAT features:
- Seven APA102 multicolour LEDs
- Four 14-segment alphanumeric displays (green LEDs)
- HT16K33 display driver chip
- Three capacitive touch buttons
- Atmel QT1070 capacitive touch driver chip
- Blue, green and red LEDs
- BMP280 temperature and pressure sensor
- Piezo buzzer
- Breakout pins for servo, I2C, SPI, and UART (all 3v3) (Pinout)
The board is designed specifically to show off the wide range of protocols available on the Raspberry Pi, including SPI (the APA102 LEDs), I2C (the BMP280 sensor and 14-segment displays), GPIO (the capacitive touch buttons and LEDs), and PWM (the piezo buzzer).
There is also a Starter Kit for the Rainbow Hat that also includes a Raspberry Pi and a specially made Pibow Coupé.
Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit for Android ThingsTM contains:
- Raspberry Pi 3
- Rainbow HAT
- Pibow Coupé for Android ThingsTM
- 2.5A official Raspberry Pi worldwide power supply
- 8GB microSD card
What is Android ThingsTM?
Gary from Android Authority explains what Android ThingsTM is and what you can do with it using your Raspberry Pi and the Rainbow HAT.