ANAVI Play pHAT for Gaming and Sensor Input

Raspberry Pi boards have long been used for retro gaming and home automation, but normally these are separate pursuits. The ANAVI Play…

Jeremy Cook
4 years agoGaming

Raspberry Pi boards have long been used for retro gaming and home automation, but normally these are separate pursuits. The ANAVI Play pHAT, however, goes in a different direction — as a control pad that sits on top of any Pi with a 40-pin GPIO, and includes space for up to three I2C sensor modules (HTU21D, BMP180, BH1750, and APDS-9960). It’s completely open source, and comes as a solder kit, fully assembled, or even with acrylic cases and sensors depending on the options selected.

The device is billed as an “IoT hub during the day and a retro gaming machine during the night.” It’s set up to work with Raspbian out of the box and can be used with RetroPie and Emulation Station. On the other hand, the button-based directional pad would also provide a great way to interact with your IoT equipment, and if you are planning on using it for gaming, the I2C interface would allow for all kinds of alternative input options.

The Play pHAT is now up on Crowd Supply, starting at $16 for a single unit and $29 in kit form. Delivery is slated for November.

Jeremy Cook
Engineer, maker of random contraptions, love learning about tech. Write for various publications, including Hackster!
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