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Friday Product Post: Ooh! What Does This Button Do?

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Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Friday Product Post! We have a few new products to show off and it all starts with new Qwiic boards. Due to popular demand, two Qwiic Button boards have been moved over from SparkX to a full production run, one with a pre-populated RED LED Tactile Button and one without, so you can decide which color you'd prefer. Second is the GreatFET One from Great Scott Gadgets, and we finish off the day with a new Weather Meter Kit!

Button, button. Who's got the button?

SparkFun Qwiic Button - Red LED

SparkFun Qwiic Button - Red LED

BOB-15932
$7.50
SparkFun Qwiic Button Breakout

SparkFun Qwiic Button Breakout

BOB-15931
$4.95

Buttons are an easy and tactile way to interface with your project, but why would you want to deal with debouncing, polling and wiring pull-up resistors? The SparkFun Qwiic Button with Red LED simplifies all of those worries away with an easy to use I2C device! Utilizing our Qwiic Connect System, using the button is as simple as connecting a cable and loading up some pre-written code! If you don't want a red LED for a button, the Qwiic Button Breakout version allows you to choose which color illuminated button you want to solder onto your breakout to match your project!


GreatFET One

GreatFET One

DEV-16267
$99.95

The GreatFET One from Great Scott Gadgets is a hacker's best friend! With two USB ports, one host and one peripheral, it can act as a "man in the middle" for USB interfacing. The GreatFET One connects to a host computer and extends the reach of said computer to the outside world. Whether you need an interface to an external chip, a logic analyzer, a debugger, or just a whole lot of pins to bit-bang, the versatile GreatFET One is the tool for you. Hi-Speed USB and a Python API allow GreatFET One to become your custom USB interface to the physical world. With an extensible, open source design, two USB ports and 100 expansion pins, GreatFET One is your essential gadget for hacking, making and reverse engineering.


Weather Meter Kit

Weather Meter Kit

SEN-15901
$64.95

Whether you're an agriculturalist, a professional meteorologist or a weather hobbyist, building your own weather station can be a really rewarding project. When you're measuring weather, however, you need some pretty specialized sensors. This kit represents the three core components of weather measurement: wind speed, wind direction and rainfall.


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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Learning Popular Electronics Topics

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If you have visited our home page recently, you might have noticed a new section under our newest products. This is where you will find a valuable resource hub covering an assortment of electronics topics!

Popular Electronics Topics

We currently offer five different topics: LEDs, GPS / GNSS Systems, Distance Sensing, Engineering Essentials and Python! Let's take a quick look at each to see what they cover!


All About LEDs

All About LEDs - LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, are the single most common way to add light to your project. If you want something to glow, blink, flash, or otherwise add some light to your life, an LED is what you need! LEDs come in many different colors, packages, brightnesses and technologies. With so many options, you’ll have many things to consider as you plan your project and choose the best LED for your needs.


Building a GPS System

Building a GPS System - Thanks to the efforts of brilliant engineers and scientists, GPS (Global Positioning System) is a cornerstone technology in our world today. Whether it's from our vehicle's navigation system or a handheld device while hiking through the woods, we are now able to pinpoint our exact latitude and longitude from satellites orbiting the earth. Pretty crazy, right? Come along with us and learn what it is, how it works and how you can make your own GPS system.


Distance Sensing

Distance Sensing - Distance and proximity sensing allow you to easily detect the whereabouts of objects without physical contact. These types of sensors generally work by outputting a signal of some kind (e.g. laser, IR LED, ultrasonic waves, etc.), and then reading how it has changed on its return. That change may be in the intensity of the returned signal, the time it takes the signal to return, etc.


Engineering Essentials

Engineering Essentials - Electrical engineering is a technical discipline concerned with the study, design and application of electricity! Through electrical engineering, we can design devices and systems using electrical components such as resistors, capacitors and transistors. Electrical Engineers can design and work on items such as super low power microcontrollers, PCB Design, high power turbines, navigation systems and more.


Python

Python - Python is a programming language that lets you write code quickly and effectively. With a design philosophy that focuses on code readability, Python is easy to learn and use. Thanks to the advances in single board computers and powerful microcontrollers, Python can now be used to control hardware.


We have plenty more of these resource pages planned (servos are next!), and we can't wait for you to check them out!

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Friday Product Post: Drop Those pHAT Beats

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Hello and welcome, everyone! We have a few new products to show off this week, starting with our second version of the Qwiic pHAT for Raspberry Pi, which has been updated to be much more accommodating for robotics and high-power projects! Following that is a new version of the NVIDIA Jetson Nano, now with two MIPI-CSI camera connectors! Rounding out the week is an improved version of the SparkFun moto:bit Carrier Board for micro:bit, and a new Op-Amp IC.

New and improved Qwiic pHAT for your Raspberry Pi!

SparkFun Qwiic pHAT V2.0 for Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Qwiic pHAT V2.0 for Raspberry Pi

DEV-15945
$5.95

The SparkFun Qwiic pHAT V2.0 for Raspberry Pi is the quickest and easiest way to enter into SparkFun’s Qwiic ecosystem while still using that Raspberry Pi you’ve come to know and love. The Qwiic pHAT connects the I2C bus (GND, 3.3V, SDA, and SCL) on your Raspberry Pi to an array of Qwiic connectors on the HAT. Since the Qwiic system allows for daisy-chaining boards with different addresses, you can stack as many sensors as you’d like, to create a tower of sensing power!


NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit (V3)

NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit (V3)

DEV-16271
$99.00

The latest addition the Jetson family, the NVIDIA® Jetson Nano™ Developer Kit (V3) delivers the performance to run modern AI workloads in a small form factor, all while being both power-efficient (consuming as little as 5 Watts) and low cost. Developers, learners and makers can run AI frameworks and models for applications like image classification, object detection, segmentation and speech processing. The developer kit can be powered by micro-USB and comes with extensive I/Os, ranging from GPIO to CSI. This makes it simple for developers to connect a diverse set of new sensors to enable a variety of AI applications. This version of the Jetson Nano Developer Kit comes equipped with two MIPI-CSI camera connectors, which enables algorithms that perform stereo vision.


SparkFun moto:bit - micro:bit Carrier Board (Qwiic)

SparkFun moto:bit - micro:bit Carrier Board (Qwiic)

DEV-15713
$15.95

The SparkFun moto:bit is a fully loaded "carrier" board for the micro:bit that, when combined with the micro:bit, provides you with a fully functional robotics platform. The moto:bit offers a simple, beginner-friendly robotics controller capable of operating a basic robotics chassis. Onboard each moto:bit are multiple I/O pins, as well as a vertical Qwiic connector capable of hooking up servos, sensors and other circuits. At the flip of the switch you can get your micro:bit moving!


Op-Amp - AS358P (Through-Hole)

Op-Amp - AS358P (Through-Hole)

COM-15946
$0.95

The AS358P is a great, easy-to-use, dual-channel Op-amp. Op-amps have so many applications we figured we should probably carry at least one in a DIP package. AS358P applications include transducer amplifiers, DC gain blocks and all the conventional op-amp circuits.


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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Come Work for SparkFun!

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Hello everyone! If you have ever been interested in working with SparkFun, now is a perfect time to take a look at our Job Openings page! The link for job openings is typically found at the bottom of any SparkFun website page, but because we are celebrating our 17th Anniversary and have six unique job postings, we wanted to make sure that this is brought to the attention of any one who might be interested! Many of these positions are closing soon (some even within the week) so don't delay! Please note that none of these positions are remote, so if you are in the surrounding area of Niwot, Colorado, this might be the perfect opportunity for you!

Join the SparkFun team!


Engineering:

  • Software Engineer - Working closely with other members of our Engineering team, the Software Engineer is responsible for the software components of the products we build for single board computers (Raspberry Pi, Nvidia Jetson, etc), ensuring the developed solutions deliver the desired functionality and meet user expectations.

Marketing Communications

  • Technical Content Creator - This role is responsible for creating technical content to support product launches/product families, technology focus areas, and marketing campaigns/initiatives. This role is constantly learning about, applying and sharing new technologies with both new and existing SparkFun audiences. Research, collaboration, and measurement are all critical aspects to the success of this role!

Production

  • Machine Operator (Day Shift) - The Machine Operator is responsible for running a variety of pieces of machinery including stencil printers, pick and place machines, reflow ovens, selective solder machines, board washers, and automated optical inspection (AOI) machines. This is the start of the overall board assembly process, and is an integral one in setting the pace for the rest of the assembly process. Prior PCB assembly equipment operations experience is not required. We will train the candidate that is best fit for the position.
  • Packager - The Packager is responsible for ensuring that in-house assembled PCB products are safe for transport and storage in the warehouse. They are the final step in the overall Board Assembly process. The Packager is also responsible for assembling Light Packaged Assemblies, which are things like buttons, switches, sensors, transmitters and receivers.

Sales Operations - Business Development

  • Customer Support Representative - This role often serves as the first line of human interaction with customers and potential customers. The ultimate goal of this position is to ensure those that reach out to SparkFun have great experience with us - positive, proactive, efficient, value-add, beneficial, and resolution oriented. This role acts as the face of SparkFun and has a great impact on customer relationships and loyalty.

Software & IT

  • Software Developer - SparkFun's newest Software Developer will be a contributing member of our software development team. Projects will range from simple UI updates on SparkFun's e-commerce website to building out complex, business-critical features for SparkFun's ERP system. The ideal candidate will need to be comfortable with various modern web technologies such as PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML and relational databases such as MySQL or Postgres.

Do you have what it takes to join the SparkFun team? We'd love to have you apply and become a "'Funion!"

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Friday Product Post: Sensor & Sensor-bility

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Hello there, everyone! Welcome back to another Friday Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics! We have a slightly smaller week when it comes to new products, but that doesn't mean they are any less important than those released on a larger week. First up is a new SparkFun Sensor Kit with updated parts (some of which are Qwiic-enabled). After that we have three different types of Latching Terminals to make it as easy as possible to prototype! Let's jump in and see what we have!

I sense great projects in your future!

SparkFun Sensor Kit

SparkFun Sensor Kit

DEV-16156
$132.95

Do you have a good understanding of various sensors or need a variety of them for a project? The SparkFun Sensor Kit includes a sensor for just about every job. With everything included in this kit, you'll be able to sense gesture, humidity, temperature, motion, touch, sound, altitude, acceleration and more! These are some of our favorite sensors from each category. But wait, there's more! The SparkFun Sensor Kit now includes several of our sensor boards that feature the Qwiic Connect System for rapid prototyping!


Latch Terminals - 5mm Pitch (2-Pin)

Latch Terminals - 5mm Pitch (2-Pin)

PRT-15898
$1.50
Latch Terminals - 5mm Pitch (3-Pin)

Latch Terminals - 5mm Pitch (3-Pin)

PRT-15899
$1.50
Latch Terminals - 5mm Pitch (4-Pin)

Latch Terminals - 5mm Pitch (4-Pin)

PRT-15900
$1.50

You'll have no need for a screwdriver with this terminal! These are 2-pin, 3-pin, and 4-pin Latch Terminals with 5mm pitch pins. Each pin on these latches are rated up to 250V @ 11A and will line up well with the standard 0.1" spacing.


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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Arduino Apollo3 Core (1.0.22)

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We've updated to a new version of the Arduino Apollo3 core (1.0.22). This version reflects the SVL loader's update to v4. This version of the SparkFun Variable Loader ensures that peripherals used in the bootloading process are de-initialized so that they don't produce unexpected bugs as was observed in this forum post.

We recommend users of the Apollo3 Arduino core to manually update the SVL bootloader on their boards through this process:

  1. Open Arduino
  2. Update to the v1.0.22 release of the core using the boards manager
  3. Select your Artemis- or Apollo3-based board from the boards menu
  4. Ensure the correct port is selected
  5. In the 'Tools' menu select 'Ambiq Secure Bootloader' as the 'programmer' option
  6. Click 'Burn Bootloader' from the tools menu
  7. Users will see 'upload complete' if it was successful
  8. Verify functionality by uploading a sketch

Update your Arduino core!



You can check out all these features in our newsletter. Feel free to poke at the code as well! We've included examples for all the features of the Artemis in our Arduino Core.

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