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SparkFun LIS3DH Accelerometer

The LIS3DH Breakout is a smart, low-power, three-axis, capacitive micro-machined accelerometer with 12 bits of resolution that you can use to add translation detection to your project. It would be classified as a 3DoF, or 3 Degrees of Freedom. Inertial Measurement Units (or IMUs) can provide additional space location data, such as gyroscopic or magnetometric. The LIS3DH provided on this breakout operates under the same principles but gives a few analog inputs to play with, and it has some built-in movement detection abilities.   The LIS3DH is easy to set up; just wire up your choice of interface (SPI or…

SparkFun Wireless Joystick Kit

The SparkFun Wireless Joystick Kit provides an easy way to control your next XBee project. Before the wireless joystick, radio-controlled projects used hobby RC transmitters, the same ones used for RC cars, boats and planes. The problem with these transmitters is that many aren’t customizable, and the ones that are tend to be too expensive for many of us. The Wireless Joystick Kit offers a custom wireless solution for those who want to control their project their own way.   Equipped with the increasingly popular SAMD21 onboard, all you need is to assemble the SparkFun Wireless Joystick into the configuration…

bladeRF x40

The bladeRF x40 is an affordable USB 3.0 Software-Defined Radio (SDR) designed to allow students and RF enthusiasts to explore wireless communication, and to provide professionals with a versatile COTS waveform development platform. The bladeRF x40 is a great next step after using an SDR like the HackRF One, especially with the built-in FPGA providing you with more user-defined options.   Out of the box, the bladeRF can tune from 300MHz to 3.8GHz without the need for extra boards. Through open source software such as GNURadio (live image), the bladeRF can be placed into immediate use. With its flexible hardware…

SparkFun Haptic Motor Driver

Ready to add some good vibes to your project? Look no further than the SparkFun Haptic Motor Driver. This board breaks out Texas Instruments’ DRV2605L Haptic Motor Driver, which adds meaningful feedback from your devices using the breakout and an Arduino-compatible device.   The DRV2605L is capable of driving two different types of motors, ERM and LRA. It is important to know, however, that the default firmware for the DRV2605L is set for use with ERM type motors. We have created an Arduino library that makes the DRV2605L easy to use with six different ERM effects and one LRA effect….

STEMTera Breadboard

The STEMTera is an innovation in breadboard history. It is the first breadboard with an Arduino-compatible hardware suite built in that works with thousands of shields. With ATmega16U2/32U2 pins exposed, native USB projects can be easily developed using the LUFA framework. The STEMTera also features a LEGO® brick-compatible bottom that empowers projects to be built beyond imagination. This version of the STEMTera is housed in a durable pink ABS plastic enclosure.   Since the STEMTera is a development board built directly into a breadboard, it eliminates the need for messy wires to be strewn about your work space. By having…

Cypress CY7C65213 USB to Serial Bridge

The CY7C65213 USB to UART serial breakout is designed to provide users with a means to access all available I/O pins on the IC, and to provide a 6-pin UART header that is compatible with other SparkFun breakout boards. This breakout has a microUSB connector and other support circuitry to get the IC quickly up and running.   The CY7C65213 breakout is equipped with a micro-B USB port, USB signal lines, a VIO selection jumper, a low-voltage selection jumper, and a multitude of pins that allow you to utilize the board to its fullest potential. The CY7C65213 breakout is capable…

EeonTex Conductive Fabrics from SparkFun

This EeonTex fabric is a conductive, nonwoven microfiber for use in e-textiles as well as electromagnetic and resistive heating applications. Each sheet of the EeonTex Conductive Fabric is pre-cut into 12 inch by 13 inch sheets about 0.8mm thick. This fabric is very versatile and perfect for anyone interested in wearables and e-textiles.   The next fabric up is a conductive, nonwoven microfiber with piezo-resistive functionality for use in dynamic sensors to map and measure pressure, bend, angle stretch and torsion. Pressure Sensing Fabric could add so many new possibilities to your next e-textile project!   The last of the…

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger

The Tsunami Super WAV Trigger is the next evolutionary step beyond the original WAV Trigger.   Based on a new-generation ARM Cortex m7, the Tsunami extends polyphony to 32 mono or 18 stereo simultaneous, uncompressed 44.1kHz, 16-bit tracks. Each track can start, pause, resume, loop and stop independently — and have its own volume setting, allowing you to create the perfect interactive mix of music, dialog and sound effects. The Tsunami also supports true seamless looping over an arbitrary track length.   The big news is that the Tsunami has eight audio output channels, arranged as either eight mono or…

SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Tag Reader

The SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Reader is an Arduino-compatible board to get you started with the M6E Nano RFID Reader. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming popular everywhere for tracking practically everything. Whether you want to get started by adding an RFID reader on your toolbox with tags on all your tools or allowing access to the tree house for your secret society meetings, this board may be for you!   With the Arduino shield footprint, you can connect this directly to an Arduino-compatible board, or a different microcontroller. You can also connect directly to your computer using the FTDI header…

SparkFun Weather Shield

The SparkFun Weather Shield is an easy-to-use Arduino shield that grants you access to barometric pressure, relative humidity, luminosity and temperature. There are also connections on this shield to optional sensors such as wind speed, direction, rain gauge and GPS for location and super accurate timing.   The Weather Shield utilizes the Si7021 humidity/temperature sensor, the MPL3115A2 barometric pressure sensor and the ALS-PT19 light sensor. The shield relies on the Si7021 and MPL3115A2 Arduino libraries.   Each shield comes with two unpopulated RJ11 connector spaces (for optional hookup of rain and wind sensors) and a 6-pin GPS connector (for optional…

SparkFun THAT InGenius + OutSmarts boards

The SparkFun THAT 1206 InGenius Line Receiver Breakout and the SparkFun THAT 1646 OutSmarts Line Driver Breakout allow you to easily add balanced audio inputs and outputs to your circuits. The THAT InGenius and OutSmarts technologies are designed for high grade analog audio transmission and reception. They offer low distortion and high common mode rejection in real-world audio applications. The breakout boards combine the THAT IC, supporting components, and a ¼” TRS socket – allowing you to implement high quality balance input and output amplifiers with minimal external components. The two boards perform mirror-image signal conversion – the SparkFun 1646…

Product Post – Light Blue Bean

The Light Blue Bean+ is an Arduino compatible dev-board that you can program wirelessly using BLE! It has a board-to-board range of up to 400 meters and comes with an onboard temperature sensor, accelerometer, LiPo battery and tri-color LED.  

Product Post – Geiger Counter

The Pocket Geiger is a pocket-sized radiation detector for both Gamma and Beta radiation. It’s so uncommonly small because instead of using the Geiger-Muller tube that most people associate with radiation detectors, the Pocket Geiger uses a solid state device for detecting ionizing radiation.  

Product Showcase – Particle Electron

When we launched the Particle Photon, we were super excited to see what people were going to do with Particle’s tiny IoT platform and we were not disappointed. The Photon made it easy to develop WiFi enabled web devices with easy development tools and an IoT optimized cloud platform. But Particle hasn’t rested on their laurels, no, they’ve kept busy. And now they’ve released the Particle Electron, which does the same thing for 3G that the Photon does for WiFi. Now your connected devices can have even greater range and uninterrupted service.   To get you started quickly with the…

Product Showcase – Arduino Industrial 101

The Industrial 101 from Arduino is basically a stripped down version of the Arduino Yun for integrating into your next IoT project. Just like the Yun, the Industrial 101 integrates an ATmega32U4 with an Atheros system-on-chip to deliver WiFi capability as well as the power and flexibility of the LininoOS embedded linux distribution.   For a link to the Getting Started Guide, as well as all of the Open Source documentation, check out SparkFun’s product page for the Arduino Industrial 101. We have everything you need to get up and running fast with this small but capable IoT platform.  

Product Showcase: Arduino Tian

The Arduino Tian combines a SAMD21 32-bit microcontroller with a Qualcomm Atheros integrated MIPS processor to deliver the power and flexibility of embedded Linux to the Arduino platform. The Atheros chipset gives Arduino Tian the ability to speak Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth, making it a great platform for your IoT projects. There are also 4GB of eMMC memory onboard so you don’t have to worry about running out of room for your application.  

Getting Started with micro:bit Part 3: Temperature Gauge

In this episode of Getting Started with micro:bit, we create a simple temperature gauge using the internal temperature sensor and a servo. We show a couple different ways to connect a servo to the micro:bit and how to control it (using buttons as well as responding to changes in temperature).  

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