Hello everyone and welcome to the first Friday Product Post of December 2021! We have a few products to get through today, and you probably already know of one (since we announced it on Tuesday) but we are going to look at it again with a slew of new products from Luxonis, Kitronik, and more!
We start (continue?) the week with our AWS IoT ExpressLink SARA-R5 Starter Kit that we designed in collaboration with Amazon Web Service and u-blox. After that we are going to look at a new imaging sensor from Luxonis that utilizes some useful IoT peripherals that should come in handy with their DepthAI API. We also have two new products from our friends at Kitronik — a Discovery Kit and a motor driver — both for the extremely popular Raspberry Pi Pico. Keep in mind that neither of these products include a Pico, so you will need to use a pre-existing board or pick up one when you get one of these fine products. We wrap up the week with two new headers! Let’s jump in and take a closer look at all of our new products.
The AWS IoT ExpressLink SARA-R5 Starter Kit provides all you need to connect a device to AWS IoT Core over a cellular LTE-M network. The SARA-R5 module on the board supports the AWS IoT ExpressLink AT command set, which aims to make the app developer’s life easy.
Built around AWS IoT ExpressLink, the Starter Kit offers AWS IoT Core access with a pre-activated SIM card for global use already inserted in the slot. The kit includes a SARA-R5 module mounted on a SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board into which a SparkFun MicroMod processor board can be inserted, allowing the module to be used with many different microprocessors. An ESP32 Processor Board is included in the kit allowing to run examples or demo applications.
The OAK-D-IoT-40 is an Embedded/IoT version of the OAK-D imaging platform from Luxonis. This sensor can be used completely standalone or via USB with a host like normal USB-only variants of DepthAI. It has a built-in ESP32 which provides WiFi, Bluetooth® (including BLE), as well as other interfaces.
The Kitronik Discovery Kit for Raspberry Pi Pico is a great way to learn about microcontrollers, Python coding, and physical computing. The kit is supplied with all of the components needed to complete the seven included experiments, including a large-format breadboard. The kit comes in sturdy reusable packaging that can be used to store the kit. This version of the kit is NOT supplied with a Raspberry Pi Pico.
The Kitronik Motor Driver Board allows the Raspberry Pi Pico (connected via pin header) to drive two motors simultaneously with full forward, reverse & stop control, making it ideal for Pico controlled buggy projects. Alternatively, the board can be used to power a stepper motor. The board features the DRV8833 motor driver IC, which has built-in short circuit, overcurrent, and thermal protection.
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, Facebook or LinkedIn. Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we’ll see you next week with even more new products!