A mysterious device... a rogue AI... a dark secret...
The Prototype is a hardware alternate reality puzzle (HARP) designed to put your puzzle solving and hardware hacking skills to the test. In other words, it's an escape room on a board. To solve the puzzle you'll need a basic set of electronics and cryptography skills – or a couple of nerdy friends. As you make your way through you'll uncover the story of a failed project and the truth about what's really going on at SparkX.
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The 1Wire-to-Qwiic Bridge allows you to communicate via I2C over very long distances. It does so by utilizing the 1Wire communication protocol, which can communicate at distances of up to about 100 meters, depending on the application. The I2C information is packetized as a 1Wire packet, sent over the 1Wire bus to the DS28E17 Bridge, and translated to I2C for any slave device connected to the Bridge. Communication happens bi-directionally. Please note that the DS28E17 is a 1Wire IN/ I2C OUT device, meaning the master device needs to be connected to a 1Wire bus to communcate with the bridge.
The BME680 from Bosch is a powerful sensor capable of sensing humidity, barometric pressure, temperature and indoor air quality. The BME680 can communicate over SPI or I2C (default). The SparkX carrier board provides jumpers to select between communication protocols (SPI or I2C) as well as the ability to change the I2C address and remove the I2C pull up resistors. The carrier board also incorporates two Qwiic connectors so you can start talking to the board immediately - no soldering required!
While the BME680 is a very small IC, getting actual indoor air quality (IAQ) out of the BME680 is di..
Pong on a coffee mug! Why not? This is a small flexible, grayscale OLED display. That’s right, we said flexible. We’ve been hearing about flexible displays for years, it’s finally here! You can’t fold it like paper but this OLED from Wisechip can be bent to a 40mm radius without damage. The display is than 0.5mm thick, less than 0.5 grams, and can display some impressive graphics with great contrast.
The OLED display is 1.81" long with 160x32 4-bit grayscale pixels. The interface is 3-wire SPI and each pixel requires 4 bits. This means you will need a processor capable of storing a local arra..
The GeoFence is designed to make it easy for you to add geofencing capabilities to your next project! If you’re not familiar with the idea of a geofence, no worries, it’s exactly what it sounds like:
…a virtual geographic boundary, defined by GPS or RFID technology, that enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area…
These are perfect for applications like fleet or asset management as well as puzzle games like Mikal Hart’s Reverse Geocache™ or our own Robert Cowan’s NCWP Scavenger Box.
Using the GeoFence app, simply click and drag zones on a ..
The GridEYE from Panasonic is a 8 by 8 thermopile array. This means you have an array of 64 pixels each capable of detecting temperature remotely. It’s like having thermal camera (or Predator’s vision) just in really low resolution. The SparkX Grid-EYE Qwiic carrier board utilizes the high performance, high gain 3.3V AMG88 sensor. Do not hook 5V to this beast! Better yet, use the Qwiic system - it makes it much easier and quicker to get started.
The SparkX carrier board incorporates all the needed passive components as well as a jumper to change the I2C address and a jumper to remove the pull..
Have you ever used one of those noncontact temp guns? This is the newest and smallest version that sensor. Point the MLX90632 at an object and remotely get its temperature within 1 degree C. This is a fun little sensor to play with!
The MLX90632 is basically MLX90614 that we currently sell but in the smaller and easier to use SMD package. The MLX90632 has a shocking resolution of 0.02C from -20 to 85C, a very low supply current of 1mA, and a field of view of 50 degrees. Default read rate is 0.5s per measurement.
The SparkX carrier board has a jumper to control the I2C address, remove the pul..
This analog joystick has a feel that’s reminiscent of the PlayStation 2 controller and for that reason it’s become a favorite of ours. The only thing that could make it better is a “smart” version, so we made one! This thumbstick will report its position over I2C and is designed to be compatible with the Qwiic system so you can add it to your project solder-free!
The Joystiic’s I2C address is software selectable so you can add a bunch of them to the same bus with no collision.
We do not plan to regularly produce SparkX products so get them while they’re hot!
Experimental Product: SparkX pro..
The RedBoard Edge is a remix of the SparkFun RedBoard designed to be panel mounted in your custom project enclosure. It has all of the features that the standard RedBoard has – plus a few extras – but the layout’s been shifted around so that everything is accessible from the edge of the board. Along one side is everything “user facing” – the power and reset buttons, status LEDs, barrel jack, and USB connector. Along the other side is everything “project facing” – the GPIO headers, Qwiic connectors and power headers.
The GPIO is organized into three groups by capability – PWM, SPI, and ADC – a..
The TF02 a ToF (Time of Flight) LiDAR sensor capable of measuring the distance to an object as far as 22 meters away! Its light weight and small size, combined with an IP65 enclosure rating, make this an excellent sensor for obstacle avoidance even in outdoor ambient light conditions. The TF02 can communicate using either 3.3V UART at 115200 baud or the CAN protocol. Not to mention the dust tight, water resistant enclosure looks very tactical and futuristic.
Point of Order: This product does not use laser light for ranging. Instead it contains an LED and optics. Many such systems are being ma..
The TFMini is a ToF (Time of Flight) LiDAR sensor capable of measuring the distance to an object as close as 30 centimeters and as far as 12 meters! As with all LiDAR sensors, your effective detection distance will vary depending on lighting conditions and the reflectivity of your target object, but what makes this sensor special is its size. Measuring only 42x15x16mm, the TFMini allows you to integrate LiDAR into applications traditionally reserved for smaller sensors such as the SHARP GP-series infrared rangefinders. The TFMini is easy to power at only 5V and easy to talk to using a 3.3V UAR..
First, let us apologize for the product name; it’s hard to describe everything this sensor can do. The VR IMU uses the impressive BNO080 IMU. This IC has a combination triple axis accelerometer/gyro/magnetometer packaged with an ARM Cortex M0+ running powerful algorithms. The BNO080 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) produces accurate rotation vector headings, excellently suited for VR and other heading applications with a static rotation error of 2 degrees or less. It’s what we’ve been waiting for: all the sensor data is combined and drift corrected into meaningful, accurate IMU information.