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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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Pi Servo pHAT (v2) Hookup Guide

July 11, 2019

This hookup guide will show you how to connect and use the Pi Servo pHAT.

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.

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: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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.
  • No, we do not. I am pretty sure it was mentioned in one of our blog posts, but you can signup for updates on the Artemis from this landing page. That way you can stay up-to-date on our developments and hear about it as soon as we have that implemented... we are still adding new features and fixing bugs on the Arduino core.

  • 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, getting the button press just right is difficult; it usually takes me several attempts. With my fat fingers, I recommend using a pair of chopsticks or multimeter probes to press the buttons. Usually using the Triggering the Bootloader method mentioned in the guide yields better results than trying to press both buttons at once.

  • You can configure the sub-addresses (see datasheet). Although that is not the design intention for those addresses, but it should allow you to control up to (3) chips (unfortunately, we don't have step-by-step instructions for that). I am pretty sure 16 is the maximum channels offered, but if you find a better IC, let us know.

    In this case, the hat was designed to be used with the Sphero RVR kit, so we have everything preassembled.

  • 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:

    • This product is 5 years old and hasn't been tested on buster. I suggest rolling back to Stretch; I know it works with that OS distribution.
    • The OSError: [Errno 121] Remote I/O error error message usually indicates that in the script, the Raspberry Pi can't reach the PCA9685 chip.
    • Did you cut the power isolation jumper? That would cause the chip not to show up/respond on the i2cdetect search.
    • The address for the chip is set in hardware (see datasheet), if you change the address value (in the code)... the code will not work.
  • 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, if you aren't using a coin cell/powering the module it is might be defaulting back to the last point of time it had (that is my guess).

  • Unfortunately, this is not software that we support. Maybe the videos and getting started guide that are linked may help. Otherwise, I believe the internet is probably your best resource; there seems to already be some posts regarding your issue.

  • 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, all of the available product information is listed on the product page; therefore, we probably won't have an answer for that.

  • I believe this comment would be better served on the product page.

    That being said, if you look at the back of the board, the number of pads should be a good indicator for part of that decision. If it was castellated, the footprint would have been larger to accommodate the pinouts on the border. Also, since this is a production-ready part, I assume the pads best serve that purpose.

  • I believe if you join the Google group for the pick and place, all the community-related issues/solutions posted there.

  • We are still looking into selling the kit without the Raspberry Pi (I put in a product submission and it was accepted). Unfortunately, I (personally) don't have any more details than that.

No public wish lists :(