Here are two brand-new Pimoroni SHIMs hot off the printers!
First, the OnOff SHIM!
Add a tiny yet convenient power switch to your Pi with OnOff SHIM!
Pimoroni’s SHIMs (Shove Hardware in the Middle) are a new range of boards designed to be small, affordable, and handy. They’re just 0.8mm thick (the bare board, not including mounted components) and designed to be soldered straight onto the GPIO pins of your Pi, if you wish, so that you can use them with HATs and pHATs on top.
Just plug your micro-USB power supply into the micro-B connector on OnOff SHIM, and then press the button once to switch on power and boot up your Pi. After installing our software (details below), you can press the button again to initiate a clean shutdown and completely cut the power to your Pi.
Super-small SHIM-format board
0.8mm thick PCB
Can be used with HATs and pHATs
Corner-mounted push button for on/off
Micro-B connector for power supply
Red status LED
Optional breakout pins to connect an external momentary button
2×6 female header included
Supports up to 2.5A power supply
Software daemon to shutdown cleanly
Next up to bat is the Pimoroni Button SHIM!
Pimoroni’s SHIM-format boards are designed to slip neatly onto your Pi’s GPIO pins and still allow you to use HATs and pHATs at the same time. Or solder the included female header onto Button SHIM and use it as a standalone board. The buttons and status LED stick out from the top edge of your Pi, making them easy to access.
Use Button SHIM to add physical interaction and visual feedback to your project. It makes the perfect controller for LED boards like Unicorn pHAT and Blinkt! Or why not use it with Four Letter pHAT to turn your Pi into an alarm clock, or stopwatch/timer?
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