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Set up your Pimoroni Unicorn Hat on Raspberry Pi

The Pimoroni Unicorn HAT lets you add 64 dazzling RGB LEDs to your Raspberry Pi, and makes for a sickeningly colourful display. I'll show you how to get yours set up, and we'll have a go at modifying an example script.

This tutorial is similar to Pimoroni's own, but we'll address some issues many encounter when trying to set up a Unicorn hat.

All you need is a Unicorn HAT and a Raspberry Pi: model B or Zero(W).

In a nutshell

  • Execute: curl https://get.pimoroni.com/unicornhat | bash and follow the prompts.
  • Navigate to the examples directory. You have to run these scripts as a super-user, so run from the terminal with eg. sudo python /home/pi/Pimoroni/unicornhat/examples/game_of_life.py
  • Edit the file if necessary to use the full display.

The example I'm running in this video is an adaptation of Conway's Game of Life: a cellular automaton and classic LED-matrix project. You can read more about it at the Wikipedia article.

The Pimoroni Unicorn HAT lets you add 64 dazzling RGB LEDs to your Raspberry Pi, and makes for a sickeningly colourful d...