Member Since: January 3, 2007

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  • You go out of your way to mention that the ESP32 does not replace the ESP8266 and I’m curious as to why. I get that it’s not a pin for pin replacement and the dev kit isn’t mature yet, but ignoring those things will there be cases where the ESP8266 is more appropriate than the ESP32 for a given project? Can you give any examples where the ESP8266 would still be preferable over the ESP32?

  • I’ve got this display to work on my pi, but I’ve noticed that the vertical viewing angle is pretty poor and it seems to be oriented so that the viewing angle is more oriented along the length rather than the width. I’m wondering if the LCD is more suited to portrait mode than landscape. The default settings have the display fairly dim, are there any settings which improve the viewing angle?

  • It appears that they allow you to create subdirectories under home Arduino documents directory which parallel the ones in the install directory (such as libraries and hardware), but they don’t do that for the examples directory. So to install the SparkFun Inventors Kit examples I couldn’t just create an examples directory in my Arduino folder. I solved this by creating a new directory under the libraries folder and then an examples directory under that with the SIK code. This allows the SIK code to be added to the IDE menus without needing to put it in the install directory. Would have been nice though if the Arduino IDE treated the examples directory the same as the hardware and libraries directories and allow a user to have their own folder.

  • When I saw this I started thinking about using something like it to build a desktop 3D scanner. This model has a somewhat wide beam spread and is tuned to longer distances, but the same company seems to make a related model which is for shorter distances. My idea was for the scanned object to be on a turntable and the LIDAR unit to be on a acme screw on the Z axis - seems pretty straightforward. Is there any chance of SparkFun carrying the other models in this line anytime soon?

  • Remember the lesson you learned from Raiders of the Lost Ark: Don’t stare at the glowey thing - this shield is face meltingly bright.

  • I was under the impression that “cape” was a BeagleBone Black specific term and that Raspberry Pi addons are called “shields”. Is this not the case?

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