Raspberry Pi’s Made A Build HAT For LEGO Robots
Raspberry Pi has released a new product for building LEGO-based robots. A HAT, or Hardware Attached on Top) is basically Raspberry Pi’s version of an Arduino shield. The Build HAT was designed to make it easy for a Pi hardware to control LEGO Technic motors and sensors as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) learning tool for students. The HAT is also compatible with motors and sensors from the Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit.
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The company has also created a Python library to assist students build prototypes using Raspberry Pi and LEGOs components. They also designed a power supply for the HAT that is also capable of powering the motors and sensors for just $15. The Build HAT itself will cost $25 and will work with all 40-pin GPIO Raspberry Pi boards.
Raspberry Pi’s made a list of compatible components that you can check out to see if your LEGO components will be compatible with the HAT. Also, the company made several project guides that include a DIY game controller, a bluetooth robot buggy, and other neat projects.