Pimoroni Skywriter 3D Gesture Sensing Breakout for Raspberry Pi

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Product overview

• Use this interactive board to control your Raspberry Pi with hand gestures
• Detects your hand’s location and gestures it makes, like flicking and taps up to 15 cm away
• Compatible with all Raspberry Pi boards
• Some assembly and soldering required

Special Features
• Full Python (for Raspberry Pi) and Arduino Library

What can I do with the Skywriter 3D?
Create a Raspberry Pi interface for the future with this gesture-sensing breakout. Use your hands up to 15cm from the board and the sensors can tell your x, y and z co-ordinates, and even recognise some gestures. You can control the pitch and tone using your hand like a Theremin or swipe left and right as inputs for your programs.

How does the Skywriter work?
The Skywriter is compatible with both 3.3V and 5V inputs, with all signal levels shifted. The electrical near-field 3D sensing technology can tell exactly where your hand is and feed the information to your Raspberry Pi or Arduino. The sensing can even work when the board is behind a nonconductive material like acrylic or fabric. The electrical sensing means that you can use any capacitive object as a controller in the field.

Where can I use my board?
With four mounting holes, you can mount the board on your Raspberry Pi. Alternatively, you can use the non-slip rubber feet on most surfaces without worrying about it moving. The 94mm x 122mm board comes with a strip header which needs to be soldered into position.


Type of devices Skywriter breakout board
Compatible with which Pi models? All Raspberry Pi
Pins 10
Sockets GPIO
Voltage 3.3V & 5V
Assembly required Yes
Soldering required Yes
Sensing area 150 mm