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Friday, 11 September 2020

Explorer HAT tricks is nearly finished!

If you're thinking of experimenting with the Pimoroni Explorer HAT,  Explorer HAT tricks is a great place to start.

It covers over a dozen simple projects, complete with Python code, and you won't need to do any soldering.

If you're an experienced Pi user, you probably feel you don't need it, and that's fine. But if you're just starting out with Physical Computing, or new to the Explorer HAT, it's well worth a look, and there's a free sample available.

The book is now over 80% complete. You get the book from Leanpub, which means that you get updates free whenever the book changes.

The book was written for use with the Pimoroni Explorer HAT Pro but Pimoroni are currently offering a great deal on their Electronics pHAT kit. The kit costs just £19.92 including a Raspberry Pi zero. !

I've ordered one to experiment with. I know a couple of the projects in the book will need to change, but almost all of them will work unmodified.

I'll write up what works and what doesn't, and I'll be adding an appendix telling you how to set the Pi zero up.

One minor warning; the Pi zero kit does require you to solder a header to the Pi.

Another book is on the way

I'm also working on ideas for a follow-on book. More details soon!

A heads-up on Price

If you're hesitating about getting Explorer HAT tricks, now is a great time to get it. I'll be raising the price (currently a low, low 8$) when the book is finished.

Get the book here


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