AI Environmental Sensing with BME688

A new BME688 Sensor is now available along with a Raspberry Pi Pico Display Kit and the new Oak-D LITE!

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Hello and welcome back to another Friday Product Post here at SparkFun ELectronics! We have a handful of new products to showcase this week, starting off with the new SparkFun BME688 Qwiic Environmental Sensor. This board is capable of the same features of the BME680, but with the added benefit of AI attributes (make sure to read the full product description to take advantage of this). Following that, we are going to look at Pervasive Display's EPD Pico Development Kit, as well as Luxonis' new Oak-D LITE machine vision camera. Let's jump in and take a closer look!

Bosch's new BME688 is a complete environmental sensor!

SparkFun Environmental Sensor - BME688 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Environmental Sensor - BME688 (Qwiic)


The SparkFun BME688 Environmental Sensor is a breakout that combines a gas scanning sensor with temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensing for a complete environmental sensor in a single package. The gas sensor on the BME688 can detect a wide variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), and other gases such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen in the parts per billion (ppb) range. Combine that with precise temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure and the BME688 can work as a completely standalone environmental sensor all in a 1in. x 1in. breakout!

Pervasive Displays EPD Pico Development Kit

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The EPD Pico Development Kit from Pervasive Displays is a cost-effective way to get into using E-ink displays. Utilizing the ultra-inexpensive Raspberry Pi Pico. The kit includes Pervasive's EPD Extension Board for an easy interface to most of their E-Ink line, a 2.66 E-Ink display, and a Raspberry Pi Pico board.

Luxonis Oak-D LITE

Luxonis Oak-D LITE


The Oak-D LITE takes the appealing characteristics of the Oak-D and makes them even better. The smaller and more affordable Oak-D LITE can still be considered the swiss army knife of computer vision. The main difference between the D and the D LITE are lower resolution mono-cameras, no IMU on board, and no power adapter. For most use cases of the Oak-D LITE, the USB Type C port should supply enough power.

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, Facebook or LinkedIn. 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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