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SparkFun Inventor's Kit for MicroView

The MicroView is an amazingly small, Arduino compatible, OLED display module that everyone seems to be clamoring for. The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for MicroView provides you not only with the MicroView module and its programmer but everything you need to hook up and experiment with multiple electronic circuits! With the MicroView SIK you will be able to complete 11 circuits that will teach you how to write code, read sensors, drive motors, and more while still being able to display information on the MicroView's built in OLED screen. You won't need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit but it is helpful to have an understanding of the Arduino IDE.

The on-line MicroView SIK Digital Guide (in the Documents tab) contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided and explained and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong.

The kit does not require any soldering and is recommended for anyone comfortable reading code libraries or if you have used the original SparkFun Inventor's Kit and are looking for the next step in programming education.

  • Circuit 1: Blinking an LED
  • Circuit 2: Reading a Potentiometer
  • Circuit 3: RGB LED
  • Circuit 4: Push Buttons
  • Circuit 5: Photo Resistors
  • Circuit 6: Temperature Sensors
  • Circuit 7: Servo Motors
  • Circuit 8: Piezo Buzzer
  • Circuit 9: Spinning a Motor
  • Circuit 10: Relays
  • Circuit 11: Soft Potentiometer

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for MicroView Product Help and Resources

MicroView Digital Compass

October 24, 2016

Build a portable digital compass using the SparkFun MicroView and the MAG3110 Magnetometer Breakout.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for MicroView

February 27, 2015

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit for MicroView follows our tried and true inventor's kit model, bringing you 11 simple yet fun experiments to introduce you to the SparkFun MicroView.

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

1 Robotics

Skill Level: Noob - You will be required to put together a robotics kit. Necessary parts are included and steps will be easy to follow. You also might encounter basic robotics components like bearings, mounts, or other hardware and need a general idea of how it goes together.
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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.

2 Programming

Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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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Cute, kid friendly but...

It is certainly cute. It makes kids excited. Makes adult take a second look. It's certainly cool BUT it is just different enough from Arduino Uno to make for problems. Bit banging on some GPIO can get odd results. It doesn't fail out right, it just either doesn't do what it's told or it gives back weird results. It's not bad though once you understand the differences. The screen really makes it more friendly for a starter kit.

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Really nice kit --- should have included the level converter

I'm working my way through all the examples, but couldn't help wanting to try some of my other breakout boards. But wait ---- can't. Should have included the (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12009) level converter. Only 5v pins on this baby. Still, I'm quite happy (it arrived a day early, at that).....

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Good way to learn arduino programing

Good way to learn arduino programing. Samples are easy to follow and allows feedback on screen.

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Wait until they've gotten the bugs out of the code

Its a nice kit, but I've found numerous errors in the code in the first three experiments alone (only ones I've done so far).

Hi there, sorry to hear that you are having issues. We double checked the code on that item and everything checks out on a overall function check. It sounds like you possibly have an issue with the library loading in. I might recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the library for the kit.

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Perfect Arduino for small projects!

Well integrated package for anyone looking to use an OLED or LCD and the Arduino Uno controller.

Great way to learn Arduino

The MicroView is a great way to learn Arduino with it's integrated display.

Great way to learn and use Arduino... compactly!

When I first saw it online I had thought the MicroView was just a tiny display to use with a separate Arduino... but then realized it has it's own fully self-contained and functional tiny Arduino board, integrated with its own OLED screen, all embedded in an attractive case. It plugs easily into a breadboard and has enough of the standard Arduino pins available to make it possible to fit an entire Arduino project very compactly on a single breadboard. The only tricky part is figuring out which MicroView pins correspond to the standard Arduino pinouts; there is no pin labeling on the case (you'll need to regularly consult the detailed MicroView diagram in the doc for this). When using the MicroView there should never be a need to mess with clunky 2-line LCD displays on projects. It's easy to program and terrific for monitoring sensor-based stuff. The MicroView Inventor's Kit comes with the USB programmer board and a generous selection of parts... everything needed to do a variety of interesting projects. (And currently at a price that is much lower than buying the parts individually). Kudos to SparkFun!

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Perfect for beginners; wonderful for us getting back into the game

In this Sparkfun red box is everything you need to get acquainted with the possibilities of Arduino + MicroView. Each of the inventor's kit components gives an easy entry into the possibilities of Arduino + doing something. The MicroView gives a terrific user experience display of the status of the Arduino code as the component does its thing. Each of the tutorial experiments are easy to read/understand, focused and well presented with line by line commenting. Congratulations and thank you to the team that brought this product forward.

Lots of fun!

Got "Hello World" working within half an hour of opening the box. Had lots of fun working through the tutorials, then started working on a face with animated expressions that I could link to sensor inputs. Then I got distracted by an urge to make something pretty and soon had a snowflake generator coded. I encased it in a Lego project box with two large buttons to control symmetry and complexity. The family loved it.

Worked a treat!

The MicroView worked exactly as advertised (only better) and I had it up and running in minutes. The demo code that comes with the library was really useful and easy to integrate. The kit has a good range of bits and pieces to give the MicroView a good workout.

Great product!

Great kit

This is a great kit to begin to program and make develop, i think that is very well to kids. the screen look great. Este es un kit muy bueno para empezar con desarrollos., yo pienso que es ideal para motivar a niños a entrar en el mundo de la programación y electronica. la pantalla luce y funciona muy bien.