Monthly Archives: August 2021

Go, JetBot! Go!

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another Friday New Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics! This week, we have a few new version of some of our most popular boards! The JetBot AI Kit v3.0 is here with versions with and without a Jetson Nano and a new operating image. Following that, we've made a few quality of life updates to our R Pro Micro board based on your feedback. We wrap up the day with a third version of the ESP32-C3 WROOM Development Board. With our introductions out of the way, let's jump in and take a closer look!

Good things come in threes!

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v3.0 Powered by Jetson Nano

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v3.0 Powered by Jetson Nano

KIT-18486
$249.95

The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v3.0 is a robot platform powered by the Jetson Nano Developer Kit V3 by NVIDIA. This SparkFun kit is based on the open-source NVIDIA JetBot! We understand that not everyone has access to multiple 3D printers and a whole warehouse of electronics so we wanted to build a kit from ready to assemble parts to get you up and running as quickly as possible. The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit V3.0 is a great launchpad for creating entirely new AI projects for makers, students and enthusiasts who are interested in learning AI and building fun applications. It’s straightforward to set up and use and is compatible with many popular accessories.


SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v3.0 (Without Jetson Nano)

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit v3.0 (Without Jetson Nano)

KIT-18487
$149.95

This version of the SparkFun JetBot AI Kit is a great launchpad for creating entirely new AI projects for makers, students and enthusiasts who already own a Jetson Nano and are looking to take the next step with their machine learning platform. Several interactive tutorials show you how to harness the power of AI to teach the SparkFun JetBot to follow objects, avoid collisions and more.


SparkFun Pro Micro - RP2040

SparkFun Pro Micro - RP2040

DEV-18288
$9.95

The SparkFun Pro Micro RP2040 is a low-cost, high performance board with flexible digital interfaces featuring the Raspberry Pi Foundation's RP2040 microcontroller. Besides the good 'ol Pro Micro footprint, the board also includes a WS2812B addressable LED, boot button, reset button, Qwiic connector, USB-C, resettable PTC fuse, and castellated pads.


ESP32-C3 WROOM Development Board

ESP32-C3 WROOM Development Board

WRL-18035
$10.00

The ESP32-C3 WROOM Development Board is an entry-level development board based on ESP32-C3-WROOM-02, a general-purpose module with 4MB SPI flash. This board integrates complete WiFi and Bluetooth LE functions.


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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Resources for Rapid Prototyping

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It's a busy world out there, and when you have a great idea, time is of the essence. We've been working hard to make prototyping a rapid and mostly solder-free experience, and we're ready to lend our expertise if needed - gone are the days of hunching over a workbench, soldering for hours, just to wind up with a proof of concept that isn't quite there. If you're looking for the best way to make your great idea a reality, we've got your back from concept to product.

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From the Qwiic and MicroMod ecosystems, to À La Carte's custom board production, to our value-added services and expert guest blogs, our resource page will have you headed to your first production run in no time.

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Finding Missing Objects with GPS

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You know how wonderful it is that our products have crisp, high resolution, large photos? You can zoom in and see every single aspect and component on the PCB. Well, that's thanks to SparkFun's meticulous photographer, Juan. He came to me a few weeks ago with a problem he was facing in one of his other interests: disc golf.

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Juan showing off how it's done!

For those unfamiliar with disc golf, it's a game that is played pretty much the same as it sounds. It follows similar rules as golf...there are "holes," which are baskets, and instead of using a golf club and balls, one uses a frisbee to throw at the target. Similar to golf, it's played over a vast area of land between brush and trees, and there are different discs that fly better for long distance vs. short distance.

It's clear, once you understand the game, that it could be problematic to lose a disc if you had a bad throw, and it would be quite time consuming to find it if it flew into a swamp or thick brush. Juan and I wanted to build a better method for locating a disc when a throw goes awry.

I realized that this problem extends to any object that might be subjected to getting lost, and there are many different technologies that could be used to locate something. So, we decided we would try out a plethora of different technologies to find the best one for the specific purpose of finding a lost disc. That means it has to be as lightweight and inconspicuous as possible, as a heavy build would completely mess up the way a disc flies, and thus, your accuracy.

Different discs
Different disc types for different distances

First try with the obvious choice for positioning: GPS

My first thought was if you need to find the position of an object, the best method to do that would be with GPS. The SparkFun XA1110 Qwiic GPS Breakout was the smallest module I could find that would be able to do basic positioning. However, the footprint and weight start to add up when you consider that in conjunction, the module requires both a microcontroller and power. But, it's easy to build an interface with Blynk to track the module's location from an app or the web.

SparkFun GPS Breakout - XA1110 (Qwiic)

SparkFun GPS Breakout - XA1110 (Qwiic)

GPS-14414
$49.95
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Juan and I visited our local disc golf course and tested out just how heavy and cumbersome it would be to attach a microcontroller and module on the underside of disc. Some immediate issues came up: The weight definitely affects the throw, and the the module would need an extra casing to protect from impact damage and environmental damage (possibly water, dust, etc.)

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Will the disc make it into the target? Probably not, as I threw it

So, off the bat, it seems that while GPS has the capabilites to track a disc, the footprint is too large to make much sense. I suppose that means we should look at other means of technology to find a better method...perhaps an RFID sticker that could be attached to the disc to ensure it doesn't affect the game? Or maybe an Airtag that's lightweight and can be integrated into the Apple ecosystem? We'll try those out next time, so stay tuned, and if you have ideas, feel free to help us save some experimentation time in the comments!

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A Tsunami of Sound

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Hello, everyone! Welcome back to another exciting Friday Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics. We have a handful of new products to show off today that we think you'll really love, starting with a new audio trigger developed with our friends at Robertsonics! The Tsunami Super WAV Trigger has been updated to include a few new quality-of-life upgrades including Qwiic compatibility, USB-C interface, and better voltage control. Following that, we have two new machine learning products from ArduCam! Now, let's check out this awesome project showcasing the new Tsunami board.

Our most versatile audio board yet!!

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

Tsunami Super WAV Trigger (Qwiic)

WIG-18159
$79.95

Based on a new generation ARM Cortex M7, the Qwiic Tsunami Super WAV Trigger extends polyphony to 32 mono or 18 stereo simultaneous uncompressed 44.1kHz, 16-bit tracks. Each track can start, pause, resume, loop and stop independently, and can have its own volume setting, allowing you to create the perfect interactive mix of music, dialog and sound effects. The Qwiic Tsunami also supports true seamless looping over an arbitrary track length. 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 have full access to each pin.


Arducam Pico4ML TinyML Dev Kit

Arducam Pico4ML TinyML Dev Kit

DEV-18439
$49.95

The Arducam Pico4ML TinyML Dev Kit is a single board system powered by Raspberry Pi's RP2040 microcontroller. It has the power to run all Tensorflow Lite Micro tiny machine learning examples. The board features a QVGA camera module with ultra-low power consumption and configurable 1-bit video data serial interface with video frame and line sync, and the monochrome sensor makes image processing an easy part for most machine vision applications.


Arducam 5MP Plus OV5642 Mini Camera Module

Arducam 5MP Plus OV5642 Mini Camera Module

DEV-18440
$39.95

The Arducam 5 MP Plus OV5642 Mini provides an easy to use camera solution for those working with low-cost microcontrollers, such as those used with Arduino and the RP2040 from Raspberry Pi. It's a general purpose 5 MP camera module that's SPI-enabled, reducing the complexity of controlling the camera.


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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Making the Jetson Work for Your Pet

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Join SparkFun as we explore how to utilize machine learning around your home using the NIVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB and our Machine Learning at Home Kit. This time, we've created a pet feeder or candy dish that uses machine learning to open only for faces it recognizes.

This video was originally produced for our GTC21 presentation using our SparkFun Machine Learning @ Home Kit for NVIDIA Jetson Nano. This video is a little more unique than most of our others because instead of presenting a project to you, we will be building it with you as you go!

SparkFun Machine Learning @ Home Kit for NVIDIA Jetson Nano

SparkFun Machine Learning @ Home Kit for NVIDIA Jetson Nano

KIT-18157
$114.95

With the Machine Learning @ Home Kit for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano we are killing two birds with one stone for you. The first is helping you take the next step in exploring machine learning with the NVIDIA Jetson Nano and SparkFun Qwiic Ecosystem and the second and more important bird is trying to make your life around your home just a little easier by making Machine Learning work for you.


As you might know, we value our pets pretty heavily here at SparkFun, so if this type of project interests you, make sure to check out some of our other projects that were built with to hope of making our furry little friend's lives a little more fun!

EL Wire Light-Up Dog Harness

Learn how to create a light-up dog harness using EL wire for when you need to take your four-legged friend for a walk in the dark.

Bark Back Interactive Pet Monitor

Monitor and interact with pets through this dog bark detector project based on the Raspberry Pi!

OpenScale Applications and Hookup Guide

OpenScale allows you to have a permanent scale for industrial and biological applications. Learn how to use the OpenScale board to read and configure load cells.

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Arm DevSummit Developer Competition

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How can technology be used to make the world more sustainable? That's the question at the heart of this year's Arm DevSummit Developer Competition. Now through September 24, 2021, you can ideate, design and produce a prototype of your idea for a chance to win up to $5,000! And to sweeten the pot, all registrants will receive a discount code to use on SparkFun Originals.

Winners will be announced during the Arm DevSummit in October. Registration is free and open through September 17, 2021. So, what are you waiting for? Register today and help make the world a more sustainable place.

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