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The VL6180 Time of Flight sensor hits this week - plus a few other gems!Favorited Favorite 1
Welcome back everyone! Not only do we have some new products this week, we also have a few demo videos! Sit back and enjoy all the demo awesomeness!
Classic Nick, Sarah, and Dia…
This week we have a couple new range finders. The VL6180 is a neat little IC that burps out light, determines how long it takes to get back, and tells you the distance to the nearest object. The really cool thing about this chip is how tolerant it is with lighting conditions. Inside is an ambient light sensor which adjusts for the lighting conditions, making it a lot friendlier and accurate to use in bright light, or varied conditions.
The first board is the sensor which has everything you need to play with the VL6180. The chip operates at 2.8V, so there’s a regulator which lets you use any voltage you want. It also has the same form factor as the popular Sharp sensors. The I2C interface makes it really easy to daisy-chain several of these together for large arrays.
Want to use the VL6180, but want a simpler board? Check out the breakout board instead. It does away with some of the extra components (mainly the 2.8V voltage regulator) making it perfect for large arrays. If you’re going to use a bunch of these, you don’t need a regulator on each one, so we’ve stripped it down to save size and cost.
A couple days ago was Edison’s birthday, and we celebrated by re-launching our line of Intel Edison boards. Included in the launch was a new version of the Starter Pack that now includes the Base Block and some hardware.
Lastly, we have a new MagJack breakout. An RJ45 connector has a lot of great uses because Ethernet cables are readily available and inexpensive. This simple breakout has all the pins on one edge making it easy to use in a breadboard.
That’s all we have for this week. Have a great Valentine’s Day and a great President’s Day as well! See you next week with more new demos and products. Thanks for reading and watching.