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SparkFun Proximity Sensing Kit

Start a proximity sensing project today with the SparkFun Proximity Sensing Kit. Using an infrared proximity sensor, a RedBoard Qwiic, and the included hookup wire, you can easily get up and running on a multitude of projects. Do you want an indication light when something is within proximity? Well we have you covered by including a package of assorted 5mm LED's. How about adding sound to your project? We have also added an MP3 shield and a speaker. From social distancing, automatic doors, robotics, Halloween projects, and whatever your imagination brings you, this kit gives you enough to work with for countless possibilities.

With the use of the RedBoard Qwiic you can use the Qwiic ecosystem of boards to add more options to your projects. Please keep in mind that if you plan to use the MP3 Player Shield found in this kit some soldering will be required to attach it to the SparkFun RedBoard. Don't worry, we've included a set of headers so all you'll need to supply is a soldering iron and solder.

Make sure to click on the Includes tab above to take a closer look at each of the included parts in this kit.


The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.


SparkFun Proximity Sensing Kit Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

1 Soldering

Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
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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.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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