Nice gesture: Flick of the wrist controls Raspberry Pi

4th October 2017
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Nice gesture: Flick of the wrist controls Raspberry Pi

The latest 3D tracking and gesture-control Hardware on Top (HAT) has been added to its range of Raspberry Pi accessories by Farnell element14. The Flick HAT allows engineers to expand the control options for Raspberry Pi and I2C-enabled projects by enabling users to control devices with a swipe, tap or flick of the wrist.

By supporting 3D gesture detection at distances of up to 10cm, the Flick HAT doubles the range of alternative devices to provide a more flexible user experience.

 The use of near-field technology means that Flick HAT can be used to control a PC, TV, music system or other device even when the project is concealed behind non-conductive materials such as wood or acrylic.

The Flick HAT also supports communication over I2C.

Implementation is simplified with fast, solder-free, plug-and-play installation whilst software libraries allow designers to explore the full functionality provided by 3D tracking and gesture sensing. 

Steve Carr, Global Head of Marketing for Premier Farnell said: “This addition to our product range reinforces Farnell element14’s strengths in helping developers of IoT devices provide greater functionality than ever before. This includes enabling devices with control options that are usually only associated with high-end consumer products.”

 The range of Flick HAT variants provides compatibility across the spectrum of Raspberry Pi boards: Flick HAT offers compatibility with Pi A+, B+, 2B and 3B; whilst Flick Large is compatible with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, BeagleBone and Genuino as well as any I2C-enabled device.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is supported by the Flick Zero.


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