The Sense HAT is an add-on board for Raspberry Pi, made especially for the Astro Pi mission – it launched to the International Space Station in December 2015 – and is now available to buy!
The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is attached on top of the Raspberry Pi via the 40 GPIO pins (which provide the data and power interface). The Sense HAT has several integrated circuit based sensors that you can use for many different types of experiments, applications, and even games!
The Sense HAT comes with the following:
- Gyroscope – angular rate sensor: ±245/500/2000dps
- Accelerometer - Linear acceleration sensor: ±2/4/8/16 g
- Magnetometer - Magnetic Sensor: ±4/8/12/16 gauss
- Barometer: 260 – 1260 hPa absolute range (accuracy depends on the temperature and pressure, ±0.1 hPa under normal conditions)
- Temperature sensor (Temperature accurate to ± 2 °C in the 0-65 °C range)
- Relative Humidity sensor (accurate to ±4.5% in the 20-80%rH range, accurate to ± 0.5 °C in 15- 40 °C range)
- 8x8 LED matrix display
- Small 5 button joystick
The Raspberry Pi Foundation also created a Python library providing easy access to everything on the board.
8 by 8 RGB LED Matrix
The Sense HAT comes with a RGB LED Matrix, allowing you to display information about your project or just to act as a light source.With the color of each LED individually controllable, the possibilities are endless!
Inertial Measurement Unit
Included on the Sense HAT is also an inertial measurement unit (IMU) which is capable of measuring acceleration, orientation and magnetic field strength.
The Sense HAT also has a 5 direction joystick for you to control and interact with your project. Re-create old school games like Snake and Pong on the Raspberry Pi!