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The Doctor Who HiFive Kit is now shipping, a new AI Machine Vision Imaging Sensor is available, and a DIY Geiger Counter Kit!

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Hello there, everyone! We have a few new products to cover today and we are going to start with the new DepthAI Oak-D imaging camera from Luxonis. Following that, we are happy to talk about the Dr. Who HiFive Kits again, because they are now shipping! To end the day, we'll also show off a new Geiger Counter that you can solder together yourself. Now, let's dive in and take a closer look at what we have.

New Machine Vision options mean new, more advanced projects!

Luxonis Oak-D DepthAI Hardware

Luxonis Oak-D DepthAI Hardware


This Oak-D DepthAI imaging sensor interfaces over USB3C to the host, allowing use with your (embedded) host platform of choice, including the Raspberry Pi and other popular embedded hosts. DepthAI is built to allow the power of Spatial AI to be embedded into products. The DepthAI hardware, firmware and software suite combine depth perception, object detection (neural inference), and object tracking and gives you this power in a simple, easy-to-use Python API. This Oak-D variant of DepthAI allows the power of the Myriad X VPU to be fully harnessed and used with the platform of your choice.

Doctor Who HiFive Inventor Kits are now shipping!

BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor Kit (Coding Kit)

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BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor Kit (Base Kit)


The Doctor Who Inventor Kit is based on the HiFive Learn Inventor and is a partnership with the BBC, Tynker, and SiFive. This kit uses the popular Doctor Who series to get kids and fans interested in programming and hardware. This kit borrows from the very popular BBC micro:bit platform, but instead bases it on the free and open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture. With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies, this kit reinforces the wireless data handoff “HiFive” between devices that power Internet of Things (IoT) applications like smart cities, intelligent factories, and enhanced wearable technology. With the rapid increase in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and smart consumer products, opportunities for bright young minds with coding skills are being created every day.

Both of these kits are now shipping!

MightyOhm Geiger Counter Kit++

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Detect beta and gamma radiation with your own portable Geiger counter! The MightyOhm Geiger Counter Kit++ includes all components needed to build a completely open source, hackable, working Geiger counter. The Kit++ includes a Geiger tube, acrylic case and AAA batteries.

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! Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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