Spectacle Director Board

The Spectacle Director Board controls all the actions in a Spectacle project. Though the Director Board doesn’t do too much on its own, it is what communicates directly with SparkFun’s Spectacle programmer and is the primary distribution channel for power and data in the system. To fully utilize the Director Board make sure to pick up one of the Spectacle daughter boards. This is your Spectacle’s connection to the outside world! Needless to say, the Director Board is the must-have part for your Spectacle project!

Each Director Board features two 1/8" (3.5mm) jacks for Spectacle control signals. Plugging one TRRS cable into the headphone jack on your programming device and the other end into the “Program” jack on the Director Board will send commands into the reliable SAMD21 microcontroller at the board’s core. All you need to do then is plug another TRRS cable into the “Direct” jack on the Director Board and the other end of it into the “In” jack on another Spectacle board, and you are set! Make sure to pay attention to the directionality of the jacks, as they will dictate how your other Spectacle modules speak with the Director Board.

Power to your Spectacle project is supplied via a microUSB port at the top of the Director Board. We have written an in-depth User’s Guide to help direct you through each step of setting up any board in the Spectacle product line. You will be surprised by how easy and quick it is to make yourself into a Spectacle!


Spectacle is a product ecosystem centered around a simple idea: creative people shouldn’t have to learn new skills to use electronics in their projects. You’ve spent years developing the skills you use, and SparkFun wants to recognize that and help you expand your creations to include electronics without requiring you to spend years learning about electronics and programming.


Spectacle User's Guide Spectacle Programmer

How to Program the Director Board

Spectacle Director Board Product Help and Resources

Spectacle User's Guide

May 4, 2017

The Spectacle system is designed to help those without electronics or programming experience integrate electronics into projects.

Spectacle Example: Super Mario Bros. Diorama

May 4, 2017

A study in building an animated diorama (with sound!) using Spectacle electronics.

Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

1 Programming

Skill Level: Noob - Programming will be limited to basic drag and drop interfaces like ModKit or Scratch. You won't be writing code, but you will still need to understand some basics of interfacing with hardware. If you?re just using a sensor, it's output is analog.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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