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…
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.
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.
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).
The CCS811 Air Quality Breakout is an digital gas sensor solution that senses a wide range of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) including equivalent carbon dioxide (eCO2) and metal oxide (MOX) levels. VOCs are often categorized as pollutants and/or sensory irritants and can come from a variety of sources like construction materials (paint, carpet, etc), machines (copiers, processes, etc), and even people (breathing, cigarettes, etc). This breakout is intended for indoor air quality monitoring in personal devices such as watches in phones, but we’ve put it on a breakout board so you can use it as a regular I2C device….
Spectacle is a product ecosystem centered around a simple idea: creative people shouldn’t have to learn new skills to use electronics in their projects. You’ve spent years developing the skills you use, and SparkFun wants to recognize that and help you expand your creations to include electronics without requiring you to spend years learning about electronics and programming.
The OpenMV M7 is a small, low power, microcontroller board which allows you to easily implement applications using machine vision. This programmable board operates with high level Python scripts making it easy to deal with the complex outputs of machine vision algorithms. With this, you can easily trigger pictures and video capture, and control the included I/O pins according to your needs. OpenMV has provided an easy to use IDE, lots of example code, and detailed documentation to get you started.
JustBoom has created a series of high-end HATs for the Raspberry Pi perfect for any audiophile. Each of these audio HATs can be simply stacked onto your Raspberry Pi A+, B+, 2B or the new 3B, and it will be ready to use immediately. With no soldering required and all the mounting hardware already provided, these HATs are suitable for both beginners and seasoned professionals alike.
The ESP32 is a tiny embedded platform that combines WiFi and Bluetooth on one chip. To expand your SparkFun ESP32 Thing abilities, we’ve created the ESP32 Thing Environment Sensor Shield, which combines a BME280 pressure, humidity, temperature sensor with a CCS811 air quality sensor and an APDS-9301 light sensor. The board also has two RJ11 jacks to connect your wind speed and direction sensor and rainfall sensor. With all this, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own IoT weather station.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W adds WiFi and Bluetooth to the extremely popular Raspberry Pi Zero, which is a low-power and inexpensive version of the Raspberry Pi. It has a 1 GHz 32-bit processor, 512 MB of RAM, and a mini HDMI port for connecting a monitor. Bring your own keyboard and mouse to get this tiny single board computer running!
The SIK for micro:bit is a great way to get started with the micro:bit. It contains the micro:bit board, a breadboard, a breakout board for the micro:bit, a servo, light sensor, LEDs, buttons, speaker, and resistors, which is everything you need to start exploring the hardware capabilities on the micro:bit. Our online guide also walks you through 14 different circuits that you can build.
The micro:climate Kit is a complete weather station for the budding citizen scientist! It contains all the parts needed to measure wind direction and speed, soil moisture levels, ground temperature, and rain levels. We’ve also included an OpenLog so you can collect your data for later analysis.
Unleash your inner gamer with the micro:arcade kit, which includes the gamer:bit carrier board for the micro:bit along with a joystick and buttons create your own arcade cabinet. Our online tutorials guide you through creating your arcade setup and getting started programming games on the micro:bit.
The micro:bit works perfectly as the brains for your robot, and we can help you build it. The micro:bot kit contains all the parts necessary to construct a room-roving bot, based on SparkFun’s Shadow Chassis. Our online guide will show you how to construct the robot, make it move, and follow lines.
The Pixy CMUcam5 is an integrated camera and vision processing system that can be taught to find objects of various shapes, sizes, and colors at 50 frames per second. Pixy’s free software allows you to see what Pixy sees, teach it objects, and set various parameters. It also contains connectors for UART, SPI, and I2C to talk to microcontrollers and provide object detection information. Finally, because Pixy is open source, you are able to modify and upload custom firmware with your own algorithms.
Safely control your 120VAC appliances with your microcontroller (or any 3-12VDC digital logic). The IoT Power Relay plugs into your wall outlet and offers 2 normally off receptacles, 1 normally on receptacle, and 1 always on receptacle. You can switch up to 15A without having to cut into power cords to wire up your own relay!
The pyboard is a compact and powerful electronics development board that runs MicroPython. It connects to your PC over USB, giving you a USB flash drive to save your Python scripts, and a serial Python prompt (a REPL) for instant programming. With the MicroPython pyboard you gain a low-level Python operating system that you are able to use to control plenty of different electronics projects.