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SparkFun Simple Sketches

SparkFun has been experimenting with micro tutorials for our various social media feeds. Have you had the chance to check them out?

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Working at a fancy tech company can be great, but often it's difficult to describe what I do in my Job at SparkFun to friends and family members who aren't super tech-savvy. A conversation with my dad prompted me to think about how we could use short-form content to clearly and simply demonstrate the functionality of SparkFun's various microcontrollers and breakout boards. "I have to admit," he said to me, "I've tried to figure out what you guys do and it's just way over my head." A lot of my friends have a similar response when I try to explain what SparkFun does. So, over the past several weeks we've put together some simple sketches to show off the various features and ease of use of some of our Qwiic-enabled products, and we want to know how to make them better for everyone!

Keep in mind that we have filmed these videos for our social media channels so they will be in portrait mode rather than landscape.


Learn how to read the state of the Qwiic Button as it illuminates the button’s built-in LED while the button is pressed, and displays “Pressed!” on a Micro OLED display. Find the code and parts list in this GitHub Repo.


This sketch reads the temperature from the Qwiic Environmental Combo Breakout and displays it on the Micro OLED Display. Find the code and parts list in this GitHub Repo.


Illuminate the RGB LED of the Qwiic Twist and change its color as you twist the knob while displaying the name of the color on a Micro OLED display. Find the code and parts list in this GitHub Repo.


Use the SparkFun MP3 Trigger to play an audio file that corresponds with the direction that the Qwiic Joystick has been tilted. Find the code and parts list in this GitHub Repo.


With user input from the SparkFun Capacitive Touch Slider you can illuminate a bar of pixels on the Micro OLED Display to correspond with the activated touch pad. Find the code and parts list in this GitHub Repo.


If you'd like to see these videos as they release make sure to follow us @sparkfun on Twitter, on Instagram or on Facebook.

Do you have any specific products or features you want to see demonstrated before you buy? Let us know what you want to see! We really hope to show off how easily even a novice can get up and running with Qwiic, not to mention all the awesome features you can add to your project with each breakout or microcontroller. Leave a comment and let us know what you want to see, and if you haven't seen the videos yet, check them out!


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  • Sure be a lot more fun if it didn't go off and "buffer" 15 seconds into a 1 minute 45 second video... and folks wonder why I refuse to watch stuff on the so-called "streaming" services...

    • Guess sometimes it pays to complain... after typing in the above, I went through the videos with no buffering! ;-)

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