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SparkFun Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Part 3: Tweeting Weather Station

In this 3 part series SparkFun engineer Shawn breaks covers everything you need to know to get started with the Raspberry Pi! In this episode, Shawn shows how to hook up a temperature and humidity sensor to the Raspberry Pi to create a self tweeting weather station.   The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash since it was first announced. The credit-card sized computer is capable of many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It can run several flavors of Linux and is being used to teach…

SparkPunk Sound Generator!

The SparkPunk Kit is a sound generator made in the spirit of the Atari Punk Console. Rather than simply recreating the Atari Punk, the SparkPunk is a new design that springs from a similar foundation. It starts with a dual 555 timer IC, then adds a second tone source, sub-octaves and a bandpass filter. With all of the knobs and switches, a lot of tonal variations are possible. As a through-hole kit, the SparkPunk can also be easily extended and modified, expanding the palette of tones even further.  

SparkFun Lulzbot Taz 4 Quick Start

The TAZ 4 3D printer from LulzBot represents the latest evolution in high performance desktop 3D printing technology. This 3D printer provides you with a wide range of features that facilitate more consistent, higher quality prints than ever. The TAZ 4 features tetherless printing through an SD card with a versatile, multi-functional graphic LCD controller and boasts a spacious 11.7in x 10.8in x 9.8in print area with a controllable heat bed that can print large items, or many small items.  

SparkFun Raspberry Pi Model B+

The folks over at Raspberry Pi recently released their latest iteration of their famous single board computer – The Raspberry Pi Model B+. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the difference between the older Model B and the new B+, so we shot a quick video…check it out!  

SparkPunk Sequencer!

The SparkPunk Sequencer is a musical control voltage sequencer designed to control the SparkPunk Sound Kit. With the pair, you can create ten-step musical motifs, but there are hidden opportunities in the sequencer: it can be modified and connected to external hardware in clever and interesting ways. The SparkPunk Sequencer cycles among ten steps, reading the slider and switch for each, producing corresponding analog voltages on the output pins. It offers hands-on control, with its array of knobs, sliders, and switches while seamlessly integrating with the SparkPunk Sound Generator for your creative musical enjoyment.  

SparkFun Digital Sandbox!

The Digital Sandbox (DS) is a learning platform that engages both the software and hardware worlds. It’s powered by a microcontroller that can interact with real-world inputs – like light or temperature sensors – while at the same time controlling LEDs, motors, and other outputs. The Digital Sandbox is equipped with everything, on board, that you will need to complete 13 experiments including controlling an LED, measuring how loud things are, detecting what the temperature is, and more. Think of this as a SparkFun Inventor’s Kit all in one board!  

Intel Edison and SparkFun Blocks

We’re excited to announce SparkFun Blocks for the Intel Edison board! Our exclusive selection of boards, designed especially for use with the advanced Edison dev platform, add functions like micro sd, 9DOF, OLED, Servo Controller, LiPo power and more!  

Drive LED’s with the SparkFun FemtoBuck!

This is the FemtoBuck, a small-size single-output constant current LED driver. Each FemtoBuck has the capability to dim a single high-power channel of LEDs from 0-350mA at up to 36V while the dimming control can be either accessed via PWM or analog signal from 0-2.5V. This board is based off of the PicoBuck LED Driver, developed in collaboration with Ethan Zonca, except instead of blending three different LEDs on three different channels the FemtoBuck controls just one.  

SparkFun pcDuino Camera Module “Glitch Booth”

This 2M pixel camera module is capable of capturing 1616 x 1232 pixel array video and images and connects directly to your pcDuino V3. Connect the included ribbon cable to the CSI (Camera Serial Interface) port on your pcDuino, boot it up, and you are good to go!   The real strength of this camera module comes from the GC2035 image sensor. The GC2035 is a high quality CMOS image sensor, for mobile phone camera and digital camera applications. The GC2035 incorporates a 1616V x 1232H pixel array, on-chip 10-bit ADC, and image signal processor. It provides various data formats,…

SparkFun Arduino Controlled Ouija Board

The “Arduija” is an Arduino controlled Ouija board. It uses an x-y gantry made from Actobotics parts and stepper motors to spell out spooky phrases. Just in time for Halloween, this project combines some Actobotics parts, a couple of stepper motors, an Arduino dev board, some magnets (how do they work?!) and some other bits and pieces to create an X-Y table that is guaranteed to spook your friends.  

SparkFun RGB and Gesture Sensor

This is the SparkFun RGB and Gesture Sensor, a small breakout board with a built in APDS-9960 sensor that offers ambient light and color measuring, proximity detection, and touchless gesture sensing. With this RGB and Gesture Sensor you will be able to control a computer, microcontroller, robot, and more with a simple swipe of your hand! This is, in fact, the same sensor that the Samsung Galaxy S5 uses and is probably one of the best gesture sensors on the market for the price.  

SparkFun FLiR Lepton Camera Module

This is the FLiR Dev Kit, a small and easy to assemble breakout for the Lepton® longwave infrared (LWIR) imager. With this kit you will be able to be able to bring FLiR’s thermal imaging reliability and power to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any ARM based development tool all in an easy to access breadboard friendly package. All you need to do to get this kit setup, simply attach the Lepton® imager module into the provided breakout, connect the headers, and you will be seeing in full darkness in no time!  

SparkFun Mbed Starter Kit!

The mbed Starter Kit (mSK) is a great way to get into user created projects created by ARM to assist with rapid prototyping on microcontrollers. The mSK, which utilizes the LPC1768 by ARM, includes everything you need to complete 10 circuits that will teach you how to create a USB host, draw text and shapes on an LCD, log temperature data, and more. We recommend that you do have some previous programming or electronics experience before using this kit.  

SparkFun LIDAR Lite Module

In this week’s thrilling demo, Creative Technologist Nick Poole uses the LIDAR Lite – a compact, high performance laser range finder – to navigate a treacherous obstacle course that is at least 30% ceramic cats.   The LIDAR Lite is a compact high performance optical distance measurement sensor from PulsedLight. The LIDAR Lite is ideal when used in drone, robot, or unmanned vehicle situations where you need a reliable and powerful proximity sensor but don’t possess a lot of space. All you need to communicate with this sensor is a standard I2C or PWM interface and the LIDAR Lite, with…

SparkFun Claw Machine!

Behold the SparkFun Claw Machine! Focused around the Actobotics gripper claw, this contraption uses two camera slider modules and a few motors to dispense Valentine’s Day gifts and libations.  

SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Microview

The MicroView is an amazingly small, Arduino compatible, OLED display module that everyone seems to be clamoring for. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for MicroView provides you not only with the MicroView module and its programmer but everything you need to hook up and experiment with multiple electronic circuits! With the MicroView SIK you will be able to complete 11 circuits that will teach you how to write code, read sensors, drive motors, and more while still being able to display information on the MicroView’s built in OLED screen. You won’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this…

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