Flotilla is a modular sensor and component hub for the Raspberry Pi that makes it easy and accessible to experiment with hardware prototyping, “making”, and coding.
It’s a plug-and-play design where everything is attached with brightly colored USB-style cables: One from the Raspberry Pi to the round Flotilla hub, then up to eight more radiating out to connect light sensors, barometers, accelerometers, motors, knobs, buttons, LEDs and other gadgets. Up to a dozen modules will be available at launch, and the lineup will be expanding based on customer feedback.
Flotilla comes with a suite of web apps and software tools to walk beginners through the process of creating electronic projects. The first steps are pre-coded “recipe” programs designed to connect specific modules. Then there’s Rockpool, a drag-and-drop rules engine with a kid-friendly Octopus’s Garden visual motif, which can be used to define behaviors and interactions among any Flotilla modules.
The company behind Flotilla, Pimoroni, is a UK-based electronics vendor that has developed several accessories for the Raspberry Pi. Flotilla is compatible with all Raspberry Pi models, including the recently released Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. And since newer Pi’s have four USB ports, they can be used with multiple Flotillas for up to 32 modules at once.
Pimoroni is crowdfunding Flotilla on Kickstarter through February 16 and plans to start shipping it in May.
Learn more in the video below.