A new, red version of the Qwiic OpenLog, a mini flight controller, a WiFi camera module and XBee 3s!
The week we have a slew of new products, including the new SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog, the PixHawk 4 Mini Flight Controller, six new XBee 3 modules and a WiFi camera module from Amp'ed.
As a reminder, we have launched our Brand Ambassador program! If you are interested in joining the SparkFun team as someone who helps promote us and our products at conventions, online and at makerspaces, head over to our Brand Ambassador page to fill out an application!
The SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog is the smarter, better-looking cousin to the extremely popular OpenLog, but we've ported the original serial based interface to I2C! Thanks to the added Qwiic connectors, you can daisy chain multiple I2C devices and log them all without taking up your serial port. The Qwiic OpenLog can store huge amounts of serial data, and acts as a black box of sorts to store all the data your project generates for scientific or debugging purposes. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
The Pixhawk 4 Mini is an advanced, miniaturized development kit for the PX4 autopilot. The flight controller has been designed and developed in collaboration with Holybro and Auterion, and is optimized to run PX4. It comes preinstalled with the latest PX4 firmware, and features advanced processor technology from STMicroelectronics, sensor technology from Bosch, InvenSense, and a NuttX real-time operating system, delivering incredible performance, flexibility and reliability for controlling any autonomous vehicle.
After years of enjoying the XBee Series 1 and XBee Series 2, we now have the XBee Series 3, which brings the best of both worlds. XBee 3 not only handles 802.15.4 and ZigBee, but also BLE protocols, and you can now talk to the modules over UART or SPI as well. With a 200-foot indoor range (300 feet for the Pro), or 4,000-foot outdoor/line-of-sight range (two miles for the Pro), you can set up a mesh network to communicate with various devices around your chosen area.
These modules have the familiar XBee package while sporting a PCB Antenna and in a Pro version. You also get a built-in microcontroller so you can configure and program the modules using MicroPython as well as Digi's XCTU software.
The WFV3918 from Amp'ed is a small-footprint, low-cost RF video module supporting 720p video resolution, live streaming and SD card storage, with up to 300m range line-of-sight (5Ghz band). Easily accessible via the VLC mobile app, the WFV3918 can be used to transmit video and audio remotely from your next project!
Alrighty, that's it for this week! As a reminder, if you are interested in becoming a SparkFun Brand Ambassador, follow this link to fill out an application! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!
We'll be back next week with even more fantastic new products!