Local Engineers launches on Kickstarter, 14th November 2016
Raspberry Pi has now sold over 10 million of their tiny computers worldwide, to educators, students and programming enthusiasts alike! Consequently, the products are now some of the most sought-after in terms of educating and helping people to get involved in designing innovative and imaginative digital hardware. The creativity of some of these Raspberry Pi projects is incredible and inspiring but the creative minds and innovators behind tech startup Think Engineer have designed an exciting new product to extend the scope of the Raspberry Pi even further! An amazing array of projects have already been created, many using a HAT as an add-on accessory to extend the Raspberry Pi’s capabilities.
The CapHat is an add-on accessory for the Raspberry Pi, which gives creators an instant touch keypad. For those who aren’t familiar, the term HAT stands for ‘Hardware Attached on Top’ and they do pretty much just that - clip on to the top of a Raspberry Pi model, giving users access to fully loaded hardware, such as a camera or battery, for example - you may remember the Makey Makey on Kickstarter, which allowed users to attach everyday objects such as bananas, or your Grandma (!), transforming these in to functional computer controls or effects because why use the spacebar when you could hit a doughnut instead! As an official Raspberry Pi HAT, the CapHat offers the same limitless possibility but already offers the control mechanism in the form of a touch keypad. Build a robot or configure a password-protected light switch – the only limit is the imagination (and the fact that there isn’t yet a number zero but we’ll come to that later!)
Like the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Think Engineer’s CapHat project is all about supporting young adults and children to interact, learn, solve problems and most importantly, have fun in the digital world. They strongly believe that programming is becoming an increasingly valuable skill set and are keen to do all they can to get schools and universities involved worldwide, and using the Raspberry Pi to support practical learning in this area. The CapHat is really just the beginning of what Think Engineer hopes to achieve as a business but they need help to make this happen. On 14th November 2016, they are launching a Kickstarter campaign for the CapHat, to raise funds for the final design (including that all important ‘zero’) and production of this unique little piece of technology. To help spread the Raspberry Pi phenomenon even further, the CapHat campaign pledges include specific support for schools and educators, as well as for the general Raspberry Pi enthusiast.
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