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Get a Pulse on the Sensor-ation

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Hello everyone! How are you this fine Friday? This week we are happy to announce that the kid tested, mother approved SparkFun Pulsed Radar Breakout is once again available! We fixed a couple issues we had with the board and secured a great supplier for the A111 chip. Following that, we have a new Big Easy Driver kit that should help you get started with stepper motors, an RTK Surveying Kit, and two U.FL cables (one to SMA, the other to RP-SMA). Don't forget, we still have a few SkeleBoards available for order. We won't be restocking those after they're gone, so get them before while you can! On to the new products!

It's baaaack!

SparkFun Pulsed Radar Breakout - A111

SparkFun Pulsed Radar Breakout - A111

SEN-16826
$59.95

Does your project require high precision, cutting-edge distance measurement? Or maybe speed, motion, or gesture sensing? We're not talking about simple ultrasonic or even infrared here, but 60GHz radar! Well say hello to the SparkFun A111 Pulsed Radar Breakout! The A111 is a single-chip solution for pulsed coherent radar (PCR) and comes complete with an integrated antenna and an SPI interface capable of clock speeds of up to 50 MHz. Though the A111's primary use case is distance sensing, it also supports applications in gesture, motion, material, and speed detection at distances of up to two meters.


SparkFun Big Easy Driver Kit

SparkFun Big Easy Driver Kit

KIT-18339
$54.95

Do you have ideas for a project that moves, like a robot, automatic dog door or moving platform? Whatever the project, the SparkFun Big Easy Driver Kit is designed to help make it a reality. Included in this kit is our popular Big Easy stepper motor driver, a RedBoard, power supply, USB cable, and all other needed hook-ups. The only thing users will need to supply is their own motor.


SparkFun RTK Surveying Kit

SparkFun RTK Surveying Kit

GPS-17370
$574.95

The SparkFun RTK Surveying Kit has everything you need to get centimeter level global positioning measurements using GNSS RTK. We've created a handy carrying case to protect the most expensive parts, allowing you to quickly attach the L1/L2 antenna and RTK Surveyor housing to the pole or tripod of your choice. The kit includes all the antenna bits, cables and chargers you need to jump right into the field.


SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL)

SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL)

WRL-18581
$25.00

As a reminder, we still have some SkeleBoards still available, but stock is running short. We've already sent out about half of what we had available since last week. The SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard features a matte black PCB with a super scary skeleton design in white silk and one of our favorite references out of the last few years: (DOOT). We've also made sure to include a 2.4GHz U.FL PCB Antenna so you won't need to worry about picking up any additional parts to get your board up and running! Other than that, this board is identical to our existing SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL).

Rules & Information:

  • Add the SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL) to your cart!
  • Use code "SKELEBOARD21" during checkout when your cart reaches $100 or more (not including this board or shipping/tax/discounts)
  • There is an order limit of five max per customer.
  • No rainchecks or backorders will be allowed. We will not be allowing the combining of orders during this sale. Distributor and Reseller accounts will not be eligible.

Don't worry, you can also purchase this product on its own, even without the promo code!


SMA to U.FL Cable - 150mm

SMA to U.FL Cable - 150mm

WRL-18568
$1.95
RP-SMA to U.FL Cable - 150mm

RP-SMA to U.FL Cable - 150mm

WRL-18569
$1.95

This SMA (or RP-SMA) to U.FL Cable is commonly used to attach WiFi, Bluetooth, or nRFxxx based devices to a 2.4 GHz antenna. What makes this unassuming cable special is the slightly longer length of 150 mm (compared to 100 mm). We found that the extra 50 mm makes all the difference when working with an enclosure.


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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A Look at New RTK Kits with Nathan

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A few months ago, we released an enclosed RTK surveying tool ideal for exploring the brobdingnagian wilds. The RTK Surveyor blew up and really made us focus on ways that we could make it better, and we developed the RTK Express! An OLED was added for on-the-go data readings, better battery life, and more. Now, in these past few weeks, we've begun assembling parts in kits that allow you to start using the RTK Express and RTK Surveyor right away (all you need to add is a mounting pole). We thought everyone could benefit from an explanation from our founder Nathan about each of these new products!

We aren't stopping our development with these ktis and enclosed products, so make sure to stay tuned for more GNSS and surveying tools!

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Shield of Dreams

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Hello and welcome, everyone to another Friday Product Post! We have one new product to showcase this week, for your complete and undivided attention. The new SparkFun Qwiic WiFi Shield utilizes the DA16200 from Dialog Semiconductor. This is a handy add-on shield that attaches to the top of an Arduino stack to give your R3 board efficient wireless and IoT capabilities.

It's been a while since we've had a new Arduino shield, so we couldn't disappoint!

SparkFun Qwiic WiFi Shield - DA16200

SparkFun Qwiic WiFi Shield - DA16200

WRL-18567
$19.95

SparkFun has teamed up with ARM and Dialog to provide you with this Qwiic WiFi Shield based around the DA16200 module. The DA16200 is a fully integrated WiFi module with a 40 MHz crystal oscillator, 32.768 KHz RTC clock, RF Lumped RF filter, 4 MB flash memory, and an on-board chip antenna. With the addition of a Qwiic connector, multiple GPIO options, JTAG connectors for deep dive programming, and you've got everything you need to get your R3 layout device ready to set up your next IoT project.


SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL)

SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL)

WRL-18581
$25.00

As a reminder, we still have some SkeleBoards still available, but stock is running short. We've already sent out about half of what we had available since last week. The SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard features a matte black PCB with a super scary skeleton design in white silk and one of our favorite references out of the last few years: (DOOT). We've also made sure to include a 2.4GHz U.FL PCB Antenna so you won't need to worry about picking up any additional parts to get your board up and running! Other than that, this board is identical to our existing SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL).

Rules & Information:

  • Add the SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL) to your cart!
  • Use code "SKELEBOARD21" during checkout when your cart reaches $100 or more (not including this board or shipping/tax/discounts)
  • There is an order limit of five max per customer.
  • No rainchecks or backorders will be allowed. We will not be allowing the combining of orders during this sale. Distributor and Reseller accounts will not be eligible.

Don't worry, you'll still be able to purchase this product on it's own even without the promo code!


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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‘Tis the Season to be Scary

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Hello everyone and welcome to the delightfully scary month of October! To celebrate the month of All Hallow's Eve, we are releasing the limited edition ESP32 Thing Plus SkeleBoard. This board is almost exactly like the existing ESP32 U.FL Thing Plus but with a special design, black PCB, and included antenna. Yes, you can absolutely get this board for free just like our other limited edition releases in the past, but we are still going to offer it for a regular price in case you just want the board instead of the sale. More on that below. Following that, the have a new specialized instrument tool, the Otii Arc. There is a lot going on with this new tool, so make sure to take a close look! Now, let's jump in and take a closer look.

This board will definitely send shivers down your spine!

SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL)

SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL)

WRL-18581
$25.00

This SkeleBoard version of the SparkFun ESP32 Thing Plus with U.FL is the next step to get started with Espressif IoT ideations while still enjoying all the amenities of the original ESP32 Thing. Espressif's ESP32 WROOM is a powerful WiFi and Bluetooth MCU module that targets a wide variety of applications. At the core of this module is the ESP32-D0WDQ6 chip which is designed to be both scalable and adaptive. To make the Thing Plus even easier to use, we've moved a few pins around to make the board Feather compatible and it utilizes our handy Qwiic Connect System which means no soldering or shields are required to connect it to the rest of your system!

The SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard features a matte black PCB with a super scary skeleton design in white silk and one of our favorite references out of the last few years: (DOOT). We've also made sure to include a 2.4GHz U.FL PCB Antenna so you won't need to worry about picking up any additional parts to get your board up and running! Other than that, this board is identical to our existing SparkFun Thing Plus - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL).

Rules & Information:

  • Add the SparkFun Thing Plus SkeleBoard - ESP32 WROOM (U.FL) to your cart!
  • Use code "SKELEBOARD21" during checkout when your cart reaches $100 or more (not including this board or shipping/tax/discounts)
  • No rainchecks or backorders will be allowed. We will not be allowing the combining of orders during this sale. Distributor and Reseller accounts will not be eligible.

Don't worry, you'll still be able to purchase this product on it's own even without the promo code!


SparkFun RTK Express Plus

SparkFun RTK Express Plus

GPS-18590
$549.95

The SparkFun RTK Express Plus is an easy to use GNSS receiver for centimeter-level positioning. Perfect for surveying, autonomous vehicles, logging, and all types of post processing, this preprogrammed device can also be used for autonomous driving, navigation, asset tracking and any other application where there is a clear view of the sky. The RTK Express Plus adds an internal IMU to combine real-time GNSS tracking with advanced sensor fusion. The result is accurate positioning even when GNSS is lost in tunnels, parking garages, etc. Out of the box an RTK Express Plus can be used with a correction source to create an RTK system capable of 14mm horizontal positional accuracy. The built-in Bluetooth® connection via an ESP32 WROOM enables the user to use the RTK Express Plus with their choice of GIS application on a phone or tablet. The built in battery allows for over five hours of field use and is compatible with common USB battery banks.


SparkFun RTK Express Plus Kit

SparkFun RTK Express Plus Kit

SPX-18589
$724.95

The SparkFun RTK Express Plus Kit has everything you need to get centimeter level global positioning measurements using GNSS RTK. We've created a handy carrying case to protect the most expensive bits, allowing you to quickly attach the L1/L2 antenna and RTK Express Plus housing to the pole or tripod of your choice. The kit includes all the antenna bits, cables and chargers you need to jump right into the field.


Otii Arc

Otii Arc

TOL-18585
$699.95

The Otii Arc is a truly versatile power supply and analyzer. Coupled with powerful but easy-to-use software, it is an ideal tool to help study the power draw of your IoT project or device. It can record and display real-time currents, voltages and/or UART logs. It provides nanoamp resolution current measurements with a sample rate of up to 4000 samples per second!

There are loads of features with this tool, so we highly recommend checkout out the full product page is you're considering to pick it up.


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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Meet the Otii Arc

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Every now and again we get a product in our expansive SparkFun catalog that really gets us excited to use and show off. When Nathan brought the new Otii Arc in house from our friends at Qoitech, we all had to gather around to see what the little instrument had to offer. Today we're going to take a closer look to see what it is and how it works!

Otii Arc

Otii Arc

TOL-18585
$699.95

The Otii Arc is a truly versatile power supply and analyzer. Coupled with powerful but easy-to-use software, it is an ideal tool to help study the power draw of your IoT project or device. It can record and display real-time currents, voltages and/or UART logs. It provides nanoamp resolution current measurements with a sample rate of up to 4000 samples per second!

Sync Debug Logs

Otii (rhymes with body) is handy in all sorts of troubleshooting situations. The Otii truly shines with any device that needs to be designed to sleep for low power and has to run 'a long time' on a battery. The Otii Arc can measure current very accurately over eight orders of magnitude from tens of nanoamps up to 5 Amps. This means you can measure the sleep current of a board and the peak current draw all in one continuous measurement. Leave the system logging for hours then read the minimum, maximum and average current and power use straight from the oscilloscope-like recording. By linking the Otii Arc to a UART (Serial) pin and/or a GPIO pin, you can immediately see what the current draw was while the code was performing a specific task.

Otii Arc in the field

It is pretty impressive how robust the Otii Arc is, too. Measuring in at 4.29 in x 5.66 in x 1.73 in (WxLxH) and weighing in at just under a pound (450 grams to be exact), the instrument is incredibly portable. It is designed for the office, the lab, and usage at home, as well as field measurements. Also, the innovative mechanical design allows for efficient heat dissipation, so no fan is needed and therefore emits no noise.

The Otii Arc in action!

From being able to connect a battery to the Otii Arc and discharging it while recording the voltage and current profile (and being able to emulate that same battery), to being able to connect an external power supply (7.5 - 9 V) with the ability to deliver up to 5.0 V at 2.5 A continuous at a 5 A peak, the Otii Arc has an impressive feature set.

And to those of you who might be a bit hesitant about having something at this price point without much knowledge on how to use it: Qoitech has put together an extensive hub of guides for you to use! These guides include your basic "Step One" quick start documents for each of the Otii Arc's main features, how to set up battery life simulators, graphs, recordings, etc, as well as advanced guides for more experienced users. It's all there!

So, what do you think? We hope that you find the Otii Arc as impressive as we do. Let us know what you'd like to see more of and if you have any questions about the instrument and we'll do our best to showcase the product based on what you'd like to see!

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Come Out to the Coast, We’ll get Together, Have a Few Laughs…

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another Friday Product post! We have a lot of new (and some experimental) products to showcase, starting with the new FS3000 Air Velocity Sensor Breakout. This board is a highly accurate sensor that can detect and measure air velocities up to around 16 miles per hour (~25 KPH). Following that, we take a look at our new kit for the RTK Express – now you have pretty much everything you need to get surveying right away. We wrap up the day with a few new SparkX products, including a MicroMod Thing Plus and a new button. Now, let's jump in and take a closer look!

I got the need. The need for air speed!

SparkFun Air Velocity Sensor Breakout - FS3000 (Qwiic)

SparkFun Air Velocity Sensor Breakout - FS3000 (Qwiic)

SEN-18377
$49.95

Need to keep track of the airflow in your data center or around your servers? How about making sure your HVAC and air control systems are functioning at full capacity? Or what about figuring out how fast your RC airplane is going? Well, the new SparkFun FS3000 Air Velocity Sensor Breakout can help you with all that and more! It's super easy, super quick (Qwiic!) to hookup, and super fun to play with.


SparkFun RTK Express Kit

SparkFun RTK Express Kit

GPS-18380
$674.95

The SparkFun RTK Express Kit has everything you need to get centimeter-level global positioning measurements using GNSS RTK. We've created a handy carrying case to protect the most expensive bits, allowing you to quickly attach the L1/L2 antenna and RTK Express housing to the pole or tripod of your choice. The kit includes all the antenna parts, cables and chargers you need to jump right into the field.


RTK Kit Carrying Case

RTK Kit Carrying Case

PRT-18246
$24.95

If you already own an RTK Express or RTK Surveyor, the RTK Kit Carrying Case helps protect your valuable high-precision GNSS receiver from the harsh elements of the field. Custom slots are molded into the case for the RTK receiver, TOP106 multi-band antenna, a 915MHz radio and antenna, as well as a large open slot for power supplies, cables and adapters.


MicroMod Thing Plus

MicroMod Thing Plus

SPX-18027
$14.95

The MicroMod Thing Plus from SparkX brings the ability to use the MicroMod ecosystem with the popular Feather footprint. This board breaks out the MicroMod Processor Board's pins on the M.2 connector to 0.1" spaced PTH pads on the edge of the board. This Carrier Board is great if you're interested in testing out different MicroMod Processor Boards for your application.


LoRa 1W Breakout - 915M30S

LoRa 1W Breakout - 915M30S

SPX-18572
$29.95

Do you need power? This breakout for the 915M30S module from EBYTE is a 1W (30 dB) LoRa transceiver. LoRa is great for long range (miles), low power (in sleep), and low data rates (~500 bps). This breakout board is designed to connect to any platform that has SPI and six available GPIO. We include a robust edge mount RP-SMA connector to connect large LoRa (915 MHz) antennas. In addition, the on-board U.FL connector can be used if you need to get outside a metal enclosure.


Infrared Proximity Contactless Button

Infrared Proximity Contactless Button

PRT-18582
$22.95

This IR proximity contactless button makes for a good replacement for typical push buttons in situations where touching the button isn't required or desirable (especially in this day and age). This button includes a built in microcontroller to handle interference or noise, a red/blue status LED gives the user visual feedback that a "touch" has been registered, and two potentiometers on the back of the device allow you to adjust the read range from 3-15 cm and adjust the "open time" from 0.5 to 20 seconds.


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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