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If you aren't familiar with the Electric Imp, it essentially provides an easy, integrated way to connect almost any hardware device both to other devices and to Internet services. The SparkFun Electric Imp imp002 Breakout allows you to explore the capabilities of the Imp product line in an easy to use package! The imp002 is actually a solder-down module version of the original Imp card and we have done the hard work of creating a breakout board for you. Now, you just need one board instead two (the Imp card and the original Imp breakout) to get started with the Electric Imp!
The imp002 breakout board contains a 3.3V TPS62172 step-down regulator (and the inductor/capacitors supporting it). This regulator allows for input voltages anywhere between 3.3V and 17V (voltages in the upper end of that range may produce some heat). This breakout can even support up to 500mA of continuous current. Like the Imp card, the imp002 module contains an embedded ARM Cortex-M3 microprocessor, an onboard WiFi module, and an antenna. Additionally, we have broken out 12 I/O pins from the imp002 module to standard 0.1" headers. Much like the Imp card, these pins can be used for a variety of functions.
Note: Check out the Hookup Guide in the Documents section below to learn how to, not only, how to set up imp002 Breakout but also a few fun circuit experiments as well!
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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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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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I had a specific idea in mind when purchasing this. I wanted to connect my garage doors to the internet so I could monitor the status (open/closed) and also use browser to open/close the doors from anywhere via internet. I was able to accomplish this using the IMP and a few additional components with relative ease. The imp IDE is really easy to use and the example walkthru on the Sparkfun is really good. I also was able to go 1 step farther using the IFTTT library for the imp that was recently added to send myself a SMS each time the doors open/close. I see the there is a lot of new libraries being added for the imp so more cool stuff could be in the future. So although I could buy smart door openers now that do what I wanted, it was more fun making my own.
Electric Imp is a really fantastic platform to work with and the SparkFun Electric Imp imp002 Breakout board gives the needed physical access to connect to that platform. Lots of versatility with its power source options and pins available.