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Pimoroni Unicorn Hat - 8x8 RGB LED Shield for Raspberry Pi

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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, 8x8 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 B+
  • 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. 

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! :D

Compatibility: Works with all modern Raspberry Pi built since 2014

Compatibility (Pibow): While the Unicorn Hat works just fine with the Pibow Coupe unfortunately it will not fit in a Pibow Ninja, Rainbow or Timber at the current time. We're working on it.

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).

Code and Examples

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

https://github.com/pimoroni/UnicornHat