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SparkFun CryptoShield

The CryptoShield is a dedicated security peripheral for the Arduino and was made in collaboration with a previous Hacker In Residence, Josh Datko. This shield adds specialized ICs that perform various cryptographic operations which will allow you to add a hardware security layer to your Arduino project. It also is a nice device for those performing embedded security research. Needless to say this is a great product for those of you who are interested in computer security!  

SparkFun MiP ProMini Pack

The MiP Robotic Platform is the first self-balancing robot that you can drive, dance, plays games, battle with other MiPs, and that you can control via a compatible iOS or Android device. But did you know you can hack it? With the SparkFun ProMini-Pack you can access the robot’s built-in hacking port to add increased functionality and a miniature Arduino to your MiP. All you will need to do to get this pack integrated into your MiP are a few simple hardware modifications to the robot’s chassis. Once those modifications are complete you will have your very own ProMini attached…

SparkFun EdiBot!

The EdiBot is an Intel Edison-powered robot that uses a webcam to detect red objects and follows them. It uses SimpleCV in Python to filter images and look for patches of red. The Edison is attached to an Arduino Block, which controls the motors on the Rover 5 chassis, and a Base Block, which provides a USB port for the webcam. The EdiBot will turn and face red objects and then drive toward them until the object takes up a certain number of pixels in the image. If the red object is too large (in the image), the EdiBot will…

SparkFun Nintendo DS Touch Screen

This Nintendo DS Screen Kit joins two of our more unique products together to provide you with an easy means to equip your next project with touchscreen functionality. Inside each kit is one Nintendo DS Touchscreen and one SparkFun Touchscreen Connector Breakout. All you need to do to set this kit up is to simply attach the touchscreen’s ribbon cable into the connectors connector, solder on some headers or wires and connect it up.  

SparkFun Shadow Chassis!

The Shadow Chassis is a marvelously durable and modular robot platform from RobotZone. The chassis plates and mounts are cut from ABS plastic and utilize the Actobotics 0.77″ and 1.50″ hub patterns for sensors, controllers, power, etc. Simply snap each panel together and you’ll be able to attach your motors and favorite robotics controller. With the included “snap on” micro-controller mounts, you can attach an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, SparkFun RedBoard, or SparkFun RedBot Mainboard! This kit even has a mounting hole for a standard size servo as well as a 4xAA battery holder with barrel jack termination.  

SparkFun Dog Treat Dispenser!

We used the new SparkFun Load Cell Amplifier to make a load sensing doggie treat dispenser!   The SparkFun Load Cell Amplifier is a small breakout board for the HX711 IC that allows you to easily read load cells to measure weight. By connecting the amplifier to your microcontroller you will be able to read the changes in the resistance of the load cell and with some calibration you’ll be able to get very accurate weight measurements. This can be handy for creating your own industrial scale, process control, or simple presence detection.  

Labview SIK

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for LabVIEW is a great way to add real world connectivity, programming, and hardware incorporation to your LabVIEW projects. The SIK includes everything you need to complete 14 circuit experiments, created in conjunction with the LabVIEW MakerHub, that will teach you how to use the LabVIEW graphical programming environment, read sensors, drive motors, and more. Don’t worry, you won’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit.  

SparkFun Ecosystem for Photon!

Particle’s IoT (Internet of Things) hardware development kit, the Photon, provides everything you need to build a connected project. Particle has combined a powerful 120 Mhz ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller with a Broadcom Wifi chip in a tiny thumbnail-sized module called the PØ (P-Zero). The Photon Kit includes a Photon with headers, a shiny white mini-breadboard, a USB-micro cable, and a couple of extra surprises to help you start building right away.  

SparkFun Ardumoto Motor Driver Shield Kit

Robots are fun and Arduinos are easy, so wouldn’t it be nice if there were a kit that included everything you need to get your Arduino device set up to control a simple two motor circuit buddy? The SparkFun Ardumoto Shield Kit is perfect for any interested robot enthusiasts and includes an Ardumoto Shield as well pairs of tires, motors, connectors, and wires. And, of course, it’s all stuffed in a classic SparkFun red box (which may come in handy as a robot chassis).  

SparkFun ZX Distance Sensor

The ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor is a touchless sensor that is capable of looking for simple gestures. The very smart people at [XYZ Interactive](http://www.gesturesense.com/xyz/) have created a unique technology that allows for simple infrared beams to be used to detect an object’s location in two dimensions. That means that not only can you detect gestures or had movements over the board, but you can also use it to determine distance, or how far away an object is from the sensor. The board communicates over I2C or UART. Want to see it in action? Good, we have a video for…

SparkFun LilyPad Pixel Board

We know you love adding color to your e-textiles, adding the LilyPad Pixel Board to your project will only make it better. The pixel board is equipped with a WS2812B which is actually an RGB LED with a WS2811 built right into the LED! Several of these breakouts can be chained together to form a display or an addressable string.   LilyPad is a wearable technology developed by Leah Buechley and cooperatively designed by Leah and SparkFun. Each LilyPad was creatively designed to have large connecting pads to allow them to be sewn into clothing. Various input, output, power, and…

SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor

The SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor is a simple breakout for measuring the moisture in soil and similar materials. The soil moisture sensor is pretty straightforward to use. The two large exposed pads function as probes for the sensor, together acting as a variable resistor. The more water that is in the soil means the better the conductivity between the pads will be and will result in a lower resistance, and a higher SIG out.  

SparkFun Benchmark: pcDuino Acadia

The LinkSprite Acadia is a high performance single board computer from the makers of the pcDuino. In this video we benchmark the CPU speed and power consumption of the Acadia and compare it to several other single board computers.  

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