Hello and welcome! After last week's big Artemis release, we wanted to put out something fun that won't distract us too much from getting our FCC certification finished, so this week we have a new 9DoF IMU that features an ICM-20948 sensor. On top of that, we also have a new capacitive fingerprint scanner from ADH-Tech, some new fiber optic fabric and some banana-to-banana cables. Let's take a closer look!
This SparkFun 9DoF IMU Breakout incorporates all the amazing features of Invensense's ICM-20948 into a Qwiic-enabled breakout board complete with a logic shifter and broken out GPIO pins, for all your motion sensing needs. The ICM-20948 itself is an extremely low powered, I2C and SPI-enabled 9-axis motion tracking device, ideally suited for smartphones, tablets, wearable sensors and IoT applications. Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
Fingerprint scanners have been readily available at a consumer level for a number of years, and they continue to grow and evolve as time goes. That bring us to this Capacitive Fingerprint Scanner from ADH-Tech: a sensor module that is a combination fingerprint scanner/MCU, and that provides a UART interface port for easy functionality.
This 30x30cm black fiber optic fabric is a cool and unique way to add some shine to your e-textiles project. There are optical fibers actually woven into this piece of fabric! Simply shine a bright light into the fiber bundle, which is collected at one end, and the fabric fills with little shining pinpoints. You can make the fabric nearly glow with a little bit of abrasion – just rough it up with fine sandpaper to damage the fiber and make it "leak" light.
These are 12-inch cables terminated with banana plugs. Pretty standard, right? Wrong! These right-angle banana plugs were specifically made to be great, low profile matches to the contacts on the boards in the micro:bit and gator:bit ecosystems. This allows for easy, press-fit connections, all without the temptation to stick your finger into the open jaws of an alligator clip (we've all been there).