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Friday Product Post: JetBot Double-Up!

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Welcome! Today we're revisiting yesterday's news: the shipping of our SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano – but that's not all! Also released this week we have a version of the SparkFun JetBot Kit without a Jetson Nano (in case you already own one), a kit for you to take NVIDIA's free Deep Learning Institute Course, and a set of four new mecanum wheels that are Lego-compatible. Let's dive in and take a closer look!

JetBot, rolling out!

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

KIT-15365
$274.95
SparkFun JetBot AI Kit (Without Jetson Nano)

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit (Without Jetson Nano)

KIT-15437
$174.95

The SparkFun JetBot AI Kit is a robot platform powered by the Jetson Nano Developer Kit by NVIDIA. This SparkFun kit is based on the open-source NVIDIA JetBot! We understand that not everyone has access to multiple 3D printers on each floor 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 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. Several interactive tutorials show you how to harness the power of AI to teach the SparkFun JetBot to follow objects, avoid collisions and more. The Jetson Nano Developer Kit offers useful tools like the Jetson GPIO Python library, and is compatible with common sensors and peripherals, including Python compatibility with the SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem.

If you already own a Jetson Nano Developer Kit, you're in luck! We also carry a JetBot Kit designed to use your own board instead of buying a whole new one.


SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano

SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano

KIT-15495
$164.95

With the release of the Jetson Nano Developer Kit, NVIDIA is empowering developers, researchers, students and hobbyists to explore AI concepts in the most accessible way possible. Reinforcing its commitment to widening accessibility and innovation in the area of deep learning, NVIDIA has created a free, self-paced, online Deep Learning Institute (DLI) course, “Getting Started on AI with Jetson Nano.” The goal of the course is to build foundational skills to enable anyone to get creative with the Jetson Developer Kit.

Included in this kit is everything you will need for “Getting Started on AI with Jetson Nano.”


Mecanum Wheels - 65mm, LEGO Compatible (4 Pack)

Mecanum Wheels - 65mm, LEGO Compatible (4 Pack)

ROB-15536
$39.95

Mecanum wheels allow your robot to not only travel forward and backward, but also sideways! Nine rollers, set on a 45° rotational axis parallel to the main rotational axis of the wheel, enable a broad a range of movement. Rotating all four wheels in the same direction causes forward or backward movement; rotating the wheels on one side in an opposite direction to those on the other side causes the vehicle to rotate, and rotating the wheels on one diagonal in the opposite direction to those on the other diagonal causes side-to-side movement.


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!

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Behold: Three New Kits with NVIDIA

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Today we are pleased to announce the release of the JetBot AI Kit Powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Nano and the Course Materials Kit for “Getting Started with AI on the Jetson Nano” from NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute.

SparkFun’s version of the JetBot merges the industry-leading machine learning capabilities of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano with the vast SparkFun ecosystem of sensors and accessories. Packaged as a ready-to-assemble robotics platform, the SparkFun JetBot Kit requires no additional components or 3D printing to get started - just assemble the robot, boot up the Jetson Nano and start using the JetBot immediately. This combination of advanced technologies in a user-friendly package makes the SparkFun JetBot Kit a standout, delivering one of the strongest robotics platforms on the market.

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

KIT-15365
$274.95
SparkFun JetBot AI Kit (Without Jetson Nano)

SparkFun JetBot AI Kit (Without Jetson Nano)

KIT-15437
$174.95

The Jetson Nano Developer Kit offers extensibility through an industry-standard GPIO header and associated programming capabilities like the Jetson GPIO Python library. Building off this capability, the SparkFun kit includes the SparkFun Qwiic pHat for Raspberry Pi, enabling immediate access to the extensive SparkFun Qwiic ecosystem from within the Jetson Nano environment, which makes it easy to integrate more than 30 daisy-chainable sensors without soldering.

Delivered with the advanced functionality of JetBot ROS (Robot Operating System) and AWS RoboMaker, with AWS IoT Greengrass pre-installed, SparkFun’s JetBot AI Kit is the only kit currently on the market ready to move beyond the standard JetBot examples. Many other popular AI frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe and MXNet are supported, and Jetson Nano is capable of running multiple neural networks in parallel to process data and drive action.

SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano

SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano

KIT-15495
$164.95
NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

DEV-15297
$99.00
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If you are interested in getting started with AI but don’t know how, an additional kit is available for NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute (DLI) course. In the course, students will learn to collect image data and use it to train, optimize and deploy AI models for custom tasks like recognizing hand gestures, or image regression for locating a key point in an image. Everything needed for this course has been included in the SparkFun DLI Kit for Jetson Nano.


We'll go into a little more detail about each of these kits tomorrow in our regular Friday Product Post, but our main goal today is to let you know JetBot orders are now shipping, and tell you about all the new options available to you!

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New Learning Materials with SIK v4.1

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Last week, we released the newest version of the SparkFun Inventor's Kit, the v4.1. We made a choice to keep the physical changes to the SIK v4.1 minimal by swapping out out our SparkFun RedBoard with the SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic (to help provide an easy and effective way to learn past the projects provided with the kit with the SparkFun Qwiic Connect System), and a new Ultrasonic Distance Sensor (that reduces inconsistent "bouncy" data). One of the major new additions we have made to this SIK is a remarkably simple one: video tutorials taking you step-by-step through each project and circuit! You can follow along with our online Experiment Guide.

Project 1: Light

Each week we'll be releasing a new video guide covering the next step of your SIK journey culminating in your very own robotics platform. To make it even better, once we have covered each step found in the SIK Guide, we'll add a step that helps you go beyond what is found in the box using some Qwiic sensors and add-on boards!


Have you picked up your own SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.1? Do you own a SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0 and want to upgrade without paying for a full new kit? Maybe you are an educator that needs to supply your class with a full set of SIKs for your students. Check out the options below for the SIK that best suits you!

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

KIT-15267
$99.95
SparkFun Inventor's Kit Bridge Pack - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Bridge Pack - v4.1

KIT-15476
$24.95
SparkFun Inventor's Kit Lab Pack - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Lab Pack - v4.1

LAB-15477
$925.00
SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook - v4.1

BOK-15478
$4.95

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Friday Product Post: SparkFun Inventor’s Kit v4.1

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Welcome to a very exciting Friday New Product Post! After almost two years, we have a new version of the very popular SparkFun Inventor's Kit – Version 4.1 is here! We are thrilled about this new version, and we fixed a few issues that had been bugging us. Namely, the Ultrasonic Distance Sensor has been updated to make it far more reliable, and the RedBoard has been updated to our Qwiic version to expand the kit's possibilities! Obviously, a few smaller changes have been made due to these new additions, like a micro USB cable and an updated SIK Guide. Let's take a closer look!

Say hello to SIK v4.1!

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

KIT-15267
$99.95

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit (SIK) v4.1 is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The SIK includes everything you need to complete five overarching projects consisting of 16 interconnected circuits that teach everything from blinking an LED to reading sensors. The culminating project is your very own autonomous robot! No previous programming or electronics experience is required to use this kit.


SparkFun Inventor's Kit Bridge Pack - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Bridge Pack - v4.1

KIT-15476
$24.95

Own the SparkFun Inventor's Kit 4.0 and not ready to buy version 4.1? You're in luck! The SparkFun Inventor's Kit Bridge Pack is an easy way to move into the next SIK edition without buying a whole new kit. Each Bridge Pack includes all of the new parts found in the SIK v4.1 that aren't in V4.0, as well as the most up-to-date guidebook so you can get started right away!


SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook - v4.1

SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook - v4.1

BOK-15478
$4.95

The full-color SparkFun Inventor's Kit Guidebook V4.1 contains step-by-step instructions with circuit diagrams and hookup tables for building each project and circuit. Full example code is provided, new concepts and components are explained at point of use, and troubleshooting tips offer assistance if something goes wrong. Once you make your way through all of the example circuits you will have a much better grasp on programming electronics!


A teensy-weensy, Teensy 4.0!

Teensy 4.0

Teensy 4.0

DEV-15583
$19.95

Last, but certainly not least, this week we have the Teensy 4.0! The Teensy 4.0 is the latest Teensy, offering the fastest microcontroller and most powerful peripherals in the Teensy 1.4-by-0.7-inch form factor. It features an ARM Cortex-M7 processor at 600MHz, with a NXP iMXRT1062 chip, the fastest microcontroller available today. Teensy 4.0 is the same size and shape as Teensy 3.2, and retains compatibility with most of the pin functions on Teensy 3.2.


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!

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Friday Product Post: The Golden Audio

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Hello and welcome, everyone!This week, we have two new versions of some of our favorite audio boards with the Teensy Audio Adaptor Board and the EasyVR 3 Plus Shield for Arduino. Following those up we have a new HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor, and our very own NOOBS card - a more economical solution for setting up your favorite Raspberry Pi board.

Teeny but LOUD!

Teensy Audio Adaptor Board

Teensy Audio Adaptor Board

DEV-15421
$14.95

This is the Teensy Audio Adapter Board that can be added to a Teensy 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5 or 3.6 for your next audio project. The shield provides you with an easy-to-use tool to add high quality 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample rate audio to your Teensy. With the audio library provided in the Documents tab, you will be able to use both the input and output simultaneously in order to make a variety of great audio projects, incorporate synth waveforms and effects, and mix multiple sound streams and CD-quality audio to your headphones or different line outs!


Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

EasyVR 3 Plus Shield for Arduino

EasyVR 3 Plus Shield for Arduino

COM-15453
$49.95

Do you make time to talk to your Arduino? Maybe you should! The EasyVR 3 Plus Shield is a voice recognition shield for Arduino boards integrating an EasyVR module. This kit includes the EasyVR 3 Plus Module, the Arduino Shield Adapter, microphone and headers. With all of these parts, everything has been provided to you to get up and running in a short amount of time with minimal soldering!


Ultrasonic Distance Sensor - HC-SR04

Ultrasonic Distance Sensor - HC-SR04

SEN-15569
$3.95

The HC-SR04 ultrasonic distance sensor is an economical sensor that provides 2 cm to 400 cm of non-contact measurement functionality with a ranging accuracy that can reach up to 3 mm. Each HC-SR04 module includes an ultrasonic transmitter, a receiver and a control circuit.

This version of the sensor has additional control circuitry that can provide inconsistent "bouncy" data depending on the application.


SparkFun Noobs Card for Raspberry Pi (16GB)

SparkFun Noobs Card for Raspberry Pi (16GB)

COM-15052
$19.95

This is a class 10, 16 GB, micro SDHC card that has been pre-installed with the NOOBS operating system for the Raspberry Pi, produced here at SparkFun. This SD card is perfect for a Raspberry Pi first-timer or beginner, while still providing convenience for anyone with more experience. This little card allows you to start using your Raspberry Pi straight out of the box without worrying about imaging it on your own.


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!

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Friday Product Post: Look at the Silver Lightning

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Hello and welcome, everyone! We have another short product post this week, but only because of all the hard work we've been putting into Artemis, our two robotics platforms and a special product update you'll see in the next few weeks! This week, we have a revised version of our AS3935 Lightning Detector and a new Level Translator Breakout using the PCA9306. Let's take a closer look!

Flash! Thunder!

SparkFun Lightning Detector - AS3935

SparkFun Lightning Detector - AS3935

SEN-15441
$24.95

The revised SparkFun Lightning Detector adds lightning detection to your next weather station to make sure you're aware of any potential hazardous weather heading your way. The AS3935 is capable of detecting lightning up to 40km away, with an accuracy of 1km to the storm front, and has a sensitive antenna tuned to pick up lightning events in the 500kHz band.


Hola, ¿cómo estás? ¡Cuéntame todo!

SparkFun Level Translator Breakout - PCA9306

SparkFun Level Translator Breakout - PCA9306

BOB-15439
$3.95

There are a couple must-have boards that every engineer and hobbyist should have on their desk, and this PCA9306 dual, bidirectional voltage-level translator breakout is one of them! Because different parts sometimes use different voltage levels to communicate, voltage level translators can be the key to making different parts play nice.


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!

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