A new Qwiic Transparent OLED HUD, as well as a Qwiic Joystick, are making their debut. We also have two new LiDAR modules!
This week we have four new products, starting with two new Qwiic boards. First is a transparent OLED heads-up display that can be used in drone or automotive scenarios. Then we have a Qwiic Joystick board to control your next robot project, or a character in your favorite video game. We also have two new LiDAR modules.
Clear screens are no longer a thing of sci-fi! The Qwiic Transparent OLED HUD is SparkFun's answer to all of your futuristic transparent HUD needs. Designed for use in vehicle heads-up displays, this OLED panel is brilliant in the dark but easily visible in daylight. The display is "area colored," meaning that while no one segment can change colors, there are different colored segments on the display. The SparkFun Transparent OLED Breakout allows you to easily control the display using the I2C protocol, and includes a voltage step-up to generate the panel's 12V driving voltage from Qwiic's 3.3V bus.
Now you can easily add an HID/controller to your project! The SparkFun Qwiic Joystick combines the convenience of the Qwiic connection system and an analog joystick reminiscent of the thumbstick from a PlayStation 2 controller. The only thing that could make it better is a "smart" version, so we made one! With the pre-installed firmware, the ATtiny85 is acts as an intermediary (microcontroller) for the analog and digital inputs from the joystick. This allows the Qwiic Joystick to report its position over I2C.
The TFMini Plus is a ToF (Time of Flight) LiDAR sensor capable of measuring the distance to an object as close as 10 centimeters (+/- 5cm up to 6m) and as far away as 12 meters (+/-1% starting at 6m)! As with all LiDAR sensors, your effective detection distance will vary depending on lighting conditions and the reflectivity of your target object, but what makes this sensor special is its size. Measuring only 35x18.5x21mm, the TFMini Plus allows you to integrate LiDAR into applications traditionally reserved for smaller sensors.
The TF03 is the third-generation product of the TF series, and is a ToF (Time of Flight) LiDAR sensor capable of measuring the distance to an object as close as 10 centimeters and as far away as 180 meters! As with all LiDAR sensors, your effective detection distance will vary depending on lighting conditions and the reflectivity of your target object. What makes this sensor special is its size & environmental operating range. Measuring only 44x43x32mm, the TF03 allows you to integrate LiDAR into applications traditionally reserved for smaller sensors and in harsh environments.
That's it for this week! 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!
Two more SparkX products all grown up!
I have also done a joystick project that I have posted on the learning section. The challenges fall into the following two categories: Increase the precision of the axes and make a version with only a specified set of features.
amazing product. Want to buy it.
Another nice set of new products and videos... but... I wouldn't hold my breath on someone stringing together 88 of the joysticks together. At least one "expert" suggests that the practical limit is around 12. (This makes sense, as every device on an I2C bus presents a load on the bus, and drivers are limited in drive capability.)
I wish that the HUD and joystick had been available for a project I did about 8 years ago -- actually it was my first "practical" Arduino project. The car I had at the time had metric ticks on the spedometer, but as I found out while driving in Canada they were nearly impossible to read at night. The GPS I was using at the time would only display speed when it wasn't trying to navigate, and it wouldn't show altitude at all. So I put together a little box with an Arduino in it with a GPS module and a 2x16 LCD. The GPS would output speed in MPH, kilometers per hour, or knots, as well as altitude (though when I tested it in my home, it would vary by as much as, IIRC, 100 feet over about a 10 minute period, and I didn't notice ANY earthquakes at the time...). (FWIW, my current car, with a few button pushes, will digitally display kilometers/hour, and my current GPS will display the altitude.)