Monthly Archives: January 2021

Powered By Pi

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another Friday Product Post, filled with Raspberry Pi-powered products! We lead the week off with new versions of our popular Raspberry Pi 4 kits, but we now offer them without Raspberry Pi 4s. This way, if you already own a Raspberry Pi 4, you have an option to cut some costs and use the Pi you are most familiar with! Speaking of "Powered by Pi," earlier in the week we also co-launched new HNT Hotspot Miners from Nebra, both of which are controlled by a Raspberry Pi Compute Module at their cores. We round out the day with a new Qwiic-enabled version of our Soil Moisture Sensor. Now, let's jump in and take a closer look at each of this week's new products!

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit - Without Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit - Without Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Hardware Starter Kit - Without Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Hardware Starter Kit - Without Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit - Without Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop Kit - Without Raspberry Pi


Check it out: the SparkFun Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit, Hardware Starter Kit and Desktop Kits now all have options without RPi4s. We've received multiple requests to start carrying our in-house Raspberry Pi 4 kits without one, so you will be able to choose which board you want to use and to save a few bucks if you don't want to buy a whole new Pi.

Nebra Outdoor HNT Hotspot Miner (915MHz)

Nebra Outdoor HNT Hotspot Miner (915MHz)

Nebra Indoor HNT Hotspot Miner (915MHz)

Nebra Indoor HNT Hotspot Miner (915MHz)


Earn HNT cryptocurrency by mining Helium and building coverage for The People’s Network using the Nebra Outdoor and Indoor HNT Hotspot Miners. Anyone can join The People's Network, and provide hundreds of square miles of wireless network coverage while mining HNT on the Helium Blockchain just as hotspot miners do.

The Indoor HNT Hotspot Miner is expected to start shipping as soon as March 2021, while the Outdoor HNT Hotspot Miner is due to start shipping in April 2021. Since both are available for pre-order only, each order will be fulfilled in the order they are received. If you are ordering this product alongside live/in-stock products and want to receive these products ASAP, be sure to designate your order for split shipments in checkout.

SparkFun Qwiic Soil Moisture Sensor

SparkFun Qwiic Soil Moisture Sensor


The SparkFun Qwiic Soil Moisture Sensor is a simple breakout for measuring the moisture in soil and similar materials. The soil moisture sensor is pretty straightforward to use. The two large, exposed pads function as probes for the sensor, together acting as a variable resistor. The more water in the soil, the better the conductivity between the pads will be, resulting in a lower resistance and a higher SIG out. This version of the Soil Moisture Sensor includes a Qwiic connector, making it even easier to use this sensor!

That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made! Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!

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Looking for More Content?

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Hi everyone! We’re excited to share that our friends at Elektor Magazine have a new subscriber promo that they would like to extend to the SparkFun community! Choose a one-year digital or print subscription and get one free edition. Simply go to their site to get more information and choose your membership.

If you haven’t heard of Elektor, they offer a great magazine full of the latest news, product tests and DIY projects. In addition to a bi-monthly magazine (six editions a year), subscribers also have access to Elektor’s extensive edition archive (the English archive goes back to 1974, so that’s a lot of additional material if you’re looking for something else to binge during quarantine)!

Check out a free article below, or head over to their page for subscription information and promo rules!

SparkFun + Elektor = Amazing!

Raspberry Silicon: Introducing the Raspberry Pi RP2040 MCU and the Pico Board

January 21, 2021

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The Raspberry Pi Pico board announced today is not yet another slightly different Raspberry Pi board. No, the Raspberry Pi Pico is a microcontroller module based on, and this is the big news, an RP2040 microcontroller. Why is this big news? Because this microcontroller was designed by Raspberry Pi!

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Arduino Create Agent 1.2.0 is finally here

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It’s been a while since the last release of the Arduino Create Agent.

We tried to give some love to this awesome tool, in order to enhance the experience with the Create ecosystem.

Finally, we have a brand new CI/CD pipeline based on GitHub Actions.

Highlights of this release include:

  • New status bar icon
  • We used gomodules to better handle dependencies
  • Refactor system tray menu
  • UX improvements
  • Now we ship both 32 and 64-bit Windows binaries
  • Added crash report generation
  • Added Virustotal scan to help users with false positives antivirus detections
  • We decided to uniform the naming to “Arduino Create Agent” and remove the mentions to “Plugin” or “Bridge”

If you are interested in the complete changelog, you can find that here.

For the upcoming releases, we will tackle the stability/crash problems. So please help us discover and find bugs by enabling crash report and including it in the GitHub issue.

3pi+ featured in community member’s intro to robotics video series

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Customer and forum user Brian Gormanly (known as bg305 on our forum) just released the first video in his new Arduino Lab Series: Introduction to Robotics: Building an Autonomous Mobile Robot. Brian writes, “Throughout this series we will be introducing topics on building and programming an autonomous mobile robot! You can follow along with each lab adding amazing new behaviors to your robot projects and learning the algorithms and tuning techniques that produce incredible robots!”

Brian is using our new 3pi+ 32U4 Robot in his videos and from the first video, it looks like the series will be a great introduction to robotics and the 3pi+! Subscribe to Brian’s channel Coding Coach so you can make sure to catch each video as it is released.

Raspberry Pi Resources

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Since becoming an approved reseller, and with the release of the Raspberry Pi Pico and the RP2040 ICs, we've been working on a dedicated page that houses all the Raspberry Pi information we've accrued and created over the years. Behold: SparkFun's brand new Raspberry Pi resource page!

One page for all the Raspberry Pi resources that you'll need!

You'll find a history of Raspberry Pi from 2012 to the present, learn which operating systems are best used with your Pi, and follow along with guides on how to build smart mirrors, use remote desktops, set up access points and more. You can explore all of the SparkFun Original boards we have available, from HATs and pHATs to adapters, programmers, and stand-alone boards, and you can learn how to join the millions who already use Raspberry Pi on a daily basis.

Whatever your question or interest may be, make sure to check out our new Raspberry Pi page!



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Portenta Vision Shield now available with LoRa® module

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What better way to announce the availability of the Portenta Vision Shield LoRa than at The Things Conference 2021 – a global showcase for all the top-notch LoRaWAN products and services.

The LoRa® module option of the Portenta Vision Shield is specifically designed for edge ML applications, enabling low-power, long distance communication over LoRa® wireless protocol and LoRaWAN networks. It’s the perfect addition to the powerful Arduino Portenta H7 which makes possible machine learning on-device, thereby greatly reducing the communication bandwidth requirement in an IoT application.

Always on machine vision – The Portenta Vision Shield comes with an ultra-low-power Himax camera. The camera module autonomously detects motion while the Portenta H7 is in stand-by — only waking up the microcontroller when needed.

Voice and audio event recognition – The Portenta Vision Shield features two ultra-compact and omnidirectional MP34DT06JTR microphones, bringing voice recognition and audio event detection. Both the video and audio data can be stored on an SD card, and transmitted through the LoRa® module to the Arduino IoT Cloud or your own infrastructure.

If you would like to learn how to create LoRa® powered solutions running machine vision algorithms then watch Sebastian Romeo’s workshop at The Things Conference, Thursday 28th January 1.00pm – 1.30pm CET, followed by Q&A at 1.30pm CET. Save 20% off the price of entry to the conference, simply add this code when purchasing a ticket – TTC2021-FRIEND-OF-ARDUINO

The Portenta Vision Shield LoRa® is now available to buy in stock on the Arduino online store  and you can learn more about Arduino’s participation in The Things Conference 2021 here.