Friday Product Post: "Gator" Done With gator:bit!

Interface even easier with your micro:bit with SparkFun's new gator:bit carrier board, turn your Raspberry Pi into an Amazon Alexa, and expand your pixels with a new RGB LED matrix!

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Hello everyone and thank you for joining us on this very special Friday Product Post. You may be asking, "What makes this Friday so special?" Oh, well we're glad you asked because there are two reasons. First, the Arduino Day Sale starts today! Second, we are excited to announce a brand new carrier board for the micro:bit ecosystem: the gator:bit! The gator:bit makes it easy to incorporate alligator clips into your micro:bit projects. Also this week we have the ReSpeaker 4-Mic array that lets you turn your Raspberry Pi into an Amazon Echo, as well as a new 32x64 RGB LED matrix. Happy Friday everyone; let's jump in and take a better look!

micro:bit has never been easier to use than with gator:bit!

SparkFun gator:bit


The SparkFun gator:bit is an all-in-one “carrier” board for your micro:bit that provides you with a fully functional development and prototyping platform. Almost every pin on the micro:bit is broken out to pads for alligator (or crocodile, if you prefer) clips, so you can get the most out of it! Whether it is data visualization using the five on-board addressable LEDs, capacitive touch sensing on pins 0, 1 & 2, or creating musical works of art using the built-in speaker, we’ve got it covered with the with the SparkFun gator:bit!

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a smart speaker for your home!

ReSpeaker 4-Mic Array for Raspberry Pi

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The ReSpeaker 4-Mic Array is a quad-microphone expansion board for Raspberry Pi designed for AI and voice applications. With the ReSpeaker, you will be able to build a more powerful and flexible voice project with your Raspberry Pi that integrates Amazon Alexa Voice Service, Google Assistant and more!

2048 LEDs ready to be shown off!

RGB LED Matrix Panel - 32x64

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Are you looking to add a lot of color to your project? These 32x64 RGB LED panels are an awesome place to start! You can create animations, games and all sorts of other fun displays with them. Yes, you read that right: a 32x64 LED matrix, that's 2048 LEDs on a 10x5" board. On top of all that, thanks to an IDC connector and a seamless frame, these panels can be daisy-chained together to form even bigger LED displays.

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Finally check out the great lineup of Arduino-compatible products on sale through Monday. If none of the special deals strike your fancy you can take 15% off most of our SparkFun Originals through Monday as well. Happy Arduino Day!

Alright folks, that's all the new products we have for you this week. We are really thrilled to finally release the gator:bit! As always, we can't wait to see what you make with these products! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

Thanks for stopping by. We'll be back next week with even more fantastic new products!

Comments 4 comments

  • onebeartoe / about 6 years ago / 1

    I like 'Clippy' as suggested below.

    But my vote is for naming the mascot 'Ally Gator Clipette'.

  • Member #134773 / about 6 years ago / 1

    To me, the obvious name for the character on the back of the gator:bit is "Clipper" (or maybe "Clippy").

    It seems to me that a "Qwiic" connection might have been a good inclusion on gator:bit...

    • Sembazuru / about 6 years ago / 1

      It seems to me that a “Qwiic” connection might have been a good inclusion on gator:bit…

      Or even a Qwiic connector to gator pad adapter board like the Qwiic adapter but with alligator clippable pads instead of the regular through hole pads. The adapter board would also be useful to connect Qwiic devices to wearables like the lillypad series.

    • Member #134773 / about 6 years ago / 1

      Finally! Not getting a "Permission denied" message when I try to post a comment!

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