LEGO Gets an Upgrade with Raspberry Pi Build HAT!
Everyone knows that it’s possible to build just about anything out of LEGO blocks, one of the most imaginative toys ever invented, but now the ability to go high-tech with your LEGO collection just went to a whole new level with a new integration for the Raspberry Pi computer: the world’s smallest full computer and one of the most versatile pieces of hardware around.
The new device is called the “Build HAT” (“HAT” stands for Hardware Attached on Top) an is designed to connect with LEGO® Technic™ motors and sensors. The HAT fits any Raspberry Pi with a 40-pin GPIO header and lets you control up to four LEGO® Technic™ motors and sensors from the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Portfolio. The whole purpose of LEGO’s advanced building platform is to excite interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in a young audience, but the incredible power afforded by this array of products means that any LEGO enthusiast can create a whole plethora of robotic wonders. With the addition of the Raspberry Pi Build HAT, the ease of programming (through the HATs accompanying Python library), as well as the extended range of parts and sensors that connecting the Pi allows as builder to use, makes this extremely exciting for those who want to take their LEGO engineering project to hitherto unheard of dimensions.
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