An updated version of the SIK is here!
Welcome to a very exciting Friday New Product Post! After almost two years, we have a new version of the very popular SparkFun Inventor's Kit – Version 4.1 is here! We are thrilled about this new version, and we fixed a few issues that had been bugging us. Namely, the Ultrasonic Distance Sensor has been updated to make it far more reliable, and the RedBoard has been updated to our Qwiic version to expand the kit's possibilities! Obviously, a few smaller changes have been made due to these new additions, like a micro USB cable and an updated SIK Guide. Let's take a closer look!
The SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) v4.1 is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The SIK includes everything you need to complete five overarching projects consisting of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors. The culminating project is your very own autonomous robot! No previous programming or electronics experience is required to use this kit.
Own the SparkFun Inventor's Kit 4.0 and not ready to buy version 4.1? You're in luck! The SparkFun Inventor's Kit Bridge Pack is an easy way to move into the next SIK edition without buying a whole new kit. Each Bridge Pack includes all of the new parts found in the SIK v4.1 that aren't in V4.0, as well as the most up-to-date guidebook so you can get started right away!
The full-color SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook V4.1 contains step-by-step instructions with circuit diagrams and hookup tables for building each project and circuit. Full example code is provided, new concepts and components are explained at point of use, and troubleshooting tips offer assistance if something goes wrong. Once you make your way through all of the example circuits you will have a much better grasp on programming electronics!
Last, but certainly not least, this week we have the Teensy 4.0! The Teensy 4.0 is the latest Teensy, offering the fastest microcontroller and most powerful peripherals in the Teensy 1.4-by-0.7-inch form factor. It features an ARM Cortex-M7 processor at 600MHz, with a NXP iMXRT1062 chip, the fastest microcontroller available today. Teensy 4.0 is the same size and shape as Teensy 3.2, and retains compatibility with most of the pin functions on Teensy 3.2.