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Recently, a team from the St. Vrain Innovation Center assembled its first custom PCB design with the help of SparkFun. This is the story behind their project and their experience.

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Some fun project ideas using the SparkFun 9DoF Razor IMU. We'll touch on how to send data over Bluetooth and how you might start to use the board to rig up your own VR headset.

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RED-V RedBoard Hookup Guide

November 22, 2019

This guide will go over the hardware of the RED-V RedBoard.
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RED-V Thing Plus Hookup Guide

November 22, 2019

This guide will go over the hardware of the RED-V Thing Plus.

SparkFun gator:log Hookup Guide

September 5, 2019

The gator:log is a serial communication based data logger. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:log with the micro:bit platform.

SparkFun gator:RTC Hookup Guide

September 5, 2019

The gator:RTC is an I2C based, real-time clock (RTC) for keeping time while your micro:bit isn't powered. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:RTC with the micro:bit platform.

SparkFun gator:UV Hookup Guide

September 5, 2019

The gator:UV is an I2C based UV sensor. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:UV with the micro:bit platform.

Qwiic Atmospheric Sensor (BME280) Hookup Guide

August 21, 2019

Measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure with the SparkFun Atmospheric Sensor Breakout BME280 (Qwiic).

How to Install CH340 Drivers

August 6, 2019

How to install CH340 drivers (if you need them) on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Pi Servo pHAT (v2) Hookup Guide

July 11, 2019

This hookup guide will get you started with connecting and using the Pi Servo pHAT on a Raspberry Pi.

SparkFun gator:particle Hookup Guide

June 13, 2019

The gator:particle is an I2C heart-rate monitor and pulse oximeter that can be used as a particle sensor. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:particle with the micro:bit platform.

SparkFun gator:environment Hookup Guide

June 13, 2019

The gator:environment combines two I2C sensors for temperature, humidity, pressure, eCO2, and eTVOC values. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:environment with the micro:bit platform.

SparkFun gator:microphone Hookup Guide

June 13, 2019

The gator:microphone is an I2C sensor for detecting sound with an electret microphone. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:microphone with the micro:bit platform.

SparkFun gator:soil Hookup Guide

June 13, 2019

The gator:soil is analog soil moisture sensor. This tutorial will get you started using the gator:soil with the micro:bit platform.

SAMD51 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

May 24, 2019

This tutorial covers the basic functionality of the SAMD51 Thing Plus and highlights the features of the new ARM Cortex-M4F development board.

Qwiic 12-Bit ADC Hookup Guide

May 23, 2019

Need to add more analog inputs for your project? Check out the Qwiic 12-bit ADC.

Keyboard Shortcut, Qwiic Keypad

April 25, 2019

A simple project using the Qwiic Keypad and the RedBoard Turbo to create your own custom hotkey-pad.

Qwiic Keypad Hookup Guide

April 25, 2019

If you are tired of taking up GPIO pins, wiring a bunch of pull up resistors, and using firmware that scans the keys taking up valuable processing time... check out the new Qwiic Keypad.

Qwiic Proximity Sensor (VCNL4040) Hookup Guide

February 28, 2019

The SparkFun Qwiic Proximity Sensor is a great, qualitative proximity (up to 20 cm) and light sensor. This hookup guide covers a few examples to retrieve basic sensor readings.

Qwiic Joystick Hookup Guide

February 21, 2019

Looking for an easy way to implement a joystick to your next Arduino or Raspberry Pi project? This hookup guide will walk you through using the Qwiic Joystick with the Arduino IDE on a RedBoard Qwiic and in Python on a Raspberry Pi.

LuMini 8x8 Matrix Hookup Guide

January 24, 2019

The LuMini 8x8 Matrix (APA102-2020) are the highest resolution LED matrix available.

RedBoard Qwiic Hookup Guide

January 10, 2019

This tutorial covers the basic functionality of the RedBoard Qwiic. This tutorial also covers how to get started blinking an LED and using the Qwiic system.
  • The forward current on the LEDs is 20-30 mA (each). So yes, depending on how fast they are blinking and the voltage they are being driven at... they could potentially account for a majority of the current consumption you measured.

    This discussion is getting into the technical assistance realm; please, post a topic in our forum for further assistance. Thank you.

  • Unfortunately, it is not.

  • Ahh... well, in that case, thanks for providing the pointers for other users.

    As to the current consumption, could it be possible that you are measuring it for the whole board and not just the Bluetooth module? (*i.e. The logic level shifter and volage regulator seem to consume a negligible amount of current, but the additional current consumption could be from the 2 status LEDs.)

  • Hi there, it sounds like you are looking for technical assistance. Please use the link in the banner above, to get started with posting a topic in our forums. Our technical support team will do their best to assist you.

  • Hi there, it sounds like you are looking for technical assistance. Please use the link in the banner above, to get started with posting a topic in our forums. Our technical support team will do their best to assist you.

  • Unfortunately, we probably haven't created a "true" datasheet as most of our customers wouldn't utilize it. That being said, I think you are the first customer to actually request such documentation and I will pass it along to the engineering department.

    Just as a heads up, the I2C registers are usually listed in the hookup guide under the Hardware Overview section. Also, you can use the link in the banner above to get started with posting a topic in our forums to request for technical assistance with getting a register map.

    Thanks for pointing out the typo in the library's commentation. That part of the library auto-increments, so it is easy to miss the typo in the comments.

  • Unfortunately, this product was designed prior to the creation of the Qwiic system and I don't expect it will be revised anytime soon. Just be aware that the LCD screen does use a quite a bit of current and may cause issues if you have too many devices.

    As you mentioned, currently, the easiest options to add a Qwiic connector is the use of the SparkFun Qwiic Adapter or Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper. (*I think the adapter might be the cleanest option.)

  • Hi there, it sounds like you are looking for technical assistance. Please use the link in the banner above, to get started with posting a topic in our forums. Our technical support team will do their best to assist you.

    That being said, it sounds like you might have an older version of the screen and may need to update the firmware.

  • Are you inquiring if the module supports AP mode? I tested it on the Jetson and AP mode was listed.

  • I believe that we are still working with a supplier to get those cables in. Unfortunately, I do not have an exact timeline for when it might pop up in our catalog.

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