The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is the perfect product to learn about programming and how we interact with the world around us. With its full array of sensors you can create all the weird and wonderful applications to be used on this planet and beyond!
The Sense HAT is attached on top of the Raspberry Pi via the 40 GPIO pins (which provide the data and power interface) to create an 'Astro Pi'. The Sense HAT has several integrated circuit based sensors that can be used for many different types of experiments, applications, and even games.
8x8 RGB LED matrix
The Sense HAT supports a whole host of projects for the Raspberry Pi, it can measure how fast is the Pi itself travelling (i.e. measure your speed), how hot is it? How humid is it? (air humidity), which direction is the Raspberry Pi facing?
The LED Matrix enables you to display the data from the various sensors, it can show you which way is geomagnetic North by programming a compass using the magnetometer, or simply be used to play games like Tetris, Pong and Snake with the joystick. The joystick can also be used to interact with the programs running on the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT.
Writing programs for the Sense HAT is very simple, with a Python library available to get started quickly and easily. For truly out of this world projects check out the AstroPi website, containing a host of ideas and instructions for using the Raspberry Pi and Sense HAT on the International Space Station (ISS).