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Unicorn Hat

This Christmas I fell in love with the Unicorn Hat from the awesome team at Pimoroni.

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The Unicorn Hat is a beautiful bank of 8x8 RGB LEDs ((WS2812B) which are easily programmable with a Python API.

I am using my Unicorn Hat with a model A+ as a countdown to my family holiday to Florida next year. Running off a decent 2A power supply and connecting to my WIFI network there is no need for a keyboard and a mouse. With just one power lead connected and a WIFI dongle I have a very small and bright marquee message display panel.

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The code for my project can be found here on github.

Projects using the scrolling text will require the UnicornHat Scrolling text code from https://github.com/topshed/UnicornHatScroll

I am really impressed that for under £45 (including a model A+) you can build a compact and bright LED messaging display.

The Unicorn Hat API is very easy to use and the guys at Pimoroni do include enough detail and examples to get you started. I do intend to buy another one and introduce it to my pupils at school. This could be a very good tool for some Python programming.

One word of warning: It is bright when displaying at 100%. People with photosensitivity should also take care when using this especially when making the LEDs do flashing patterns.

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