In lieu of our regular Friday Product Submit, we’re going to take a while as we speak to have a look again at a few of our favourite components of 2021!





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As a reminder, SparkFun shall be closed on Friday, December thirty first. We are going to reopen at 9:00 a.m. MST on Monday, January third. Pleased New Yr!

One other yr, one other look again at the whole lot that has been achieved over 52 weeks. Positive, it was one other bizarre yr, however I feel (in my private opinion) that it was leagues higher than 2020 general! Regardless, at Midnight tonight we’ll bid farewell to the twenty first yr of the second millennium and welcome in 2022! In celebration of the brand new yr, we determined to have a look again at a few of our favourite merchandise, tasks and tutorials. It is a bit shocking to think about the whole lot that occurred this yr, so let’s leap in and have a look again!

Discover out among the issues SparkFun received as much as in 2021

Rob joins us to indicate off all of our superior tasks for the yr. If you wish to look into any of the topics he talked about, scroll down and look into them with higher element!


You could acknowledge Elektor – we’ve partnered with them on a couple of issues not too long ago. What you might not know is that some time in the past, we had a particular assembly with the good people at Elektor (within the Earlier than Instances, when you may seize an espresso in particular person), resulting in us teaming up with them to create a SparkFun Version of the favored journal.


The Raspberry Pi Pico is a low-cost, high-performance microcontroller board with versatile digital interfaces. It options the RP2040, which marks Raspberry Pi’s first microcontroller designed in-house. Pico gives minimal (but versatile) exterior circuitry to help the RP2040 chip.


It is a colossal feat to have despatched a rover to our neighbor, the massive Pink Planet, seeking whether or not life has ever existed on Mars. Whereas the vast majority of the high-tech toolkit aboard the Perseverance rover is proprietary to NASA, there are additionally on-board tasks that make the most of new, open supply {hardware} and software program which can be equally as out there to on a regular basis hackers as they’re to NASA. The Ingenuity helicopter, which goals to exhibit the primary powered flight on Mars, particularly makes use of open supply expertise.


The SparkFun 2D Barcode Scanner Breakout is a nifty little breakout board that includes the DE2120 barcode scanner module from DYScan. The DE2120 reads 20 totally different barcode symbologies (each 1D and 2D) utilizing a digital camera coupled with on-board picture processing to determine and decode the whole lot from UPC codes to QR codes. The module additionally options two LEDs: one for illumination and one to mission the crimson line that you simply’re used to seeing from laser-based scanners.


Over the past yr, we’ve got endeavored to create probably the most inexpensive, but extremely correct, real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning choices presently out there. SparkFun RTK Surveyors are enclosed and able to use GNSS receivers for millimeter-level positioning – and the most effective half is, no programming required! We have created a web page that explains the variations in every model and makes it simple to entry fashionable RTK Surveyor sources.


MicroMod is a solderless, modular interface ecosystem that makes use of the M.2 commonplace to combine and match your selection of processor with particular Operate Boards or stand-alone Service Boards. MicroMod Major Boards are specialised service boards that can help you interface a MicroMod Processor Board alongside one or two Operate Boards. Operate Boards add a sure performance to a Major Board.


With a transparent view of the sky, the SparkFun Artemis World Tracker (AGT) lets you ship and obtain quick knowledge messages. Leveraging the Iridium satellite tv for pc community, it really works wherever on the planet, together with the polar areas, far past the attain of WiFi and GSM networks. Perhaps you need to transmit strain, temperature or humidity readings from the highest of a mountain? Or use it to ship knowledge from a touring balloon sat? Or use it to regulate your distant gear out within the area? Or obtain alerts in case your gear is moved out of or right into a geofenced space? Maybe you should talk in an emergency, when different networks won’t be out there?


Earlier this yr, we had been excited to share a video by GreatScott! We have been followers of GreatScott! for some time, and we had been thrilled to co-sponsor a video of his with Elektor showcasing the JetBot. Should you haven’t seen it but, you should definitely take a look at his evaluate of our fashionable JetBot AI Robotics Equipment.


Alie highlighted her loopy expertise co-hosting the Arm DevSummit TV present and shares her cannot miss classes from the occasion.


Particular thank to Alex Glow for the creation of the “DOOT!” button. It began with our MicroMod boards and it actually helped us lean into some unhealthy silk to assist us create our SkeleBoard this final Halloween!


Geeky Faye is a maker, artist, cosplayer, filmmaker, and extra (Fairly frankly we’ll be stunned if there’s one thing they cannot do). And this yr, they dove into the SparkFun Inventor’s Equipment!


There may be a lot extra that we’ve not been in a position to contact on and we compell you to look additional into extra of 2021’s posts, tasks, and merchandise. Like Rob mentioned, there may be, actually, no method that we may have achieved the whole lot that we have performed this yr with out you. Thanks!

Tell us what your highlights of the yr had been. What merchandise, posts and tutorials did you’re keen on? What was your favourite Rob and Avra video? We’ll see you subsequent yr, and thanks in your ongoing help! This is to 2022!

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