AS726X NIR/VIS Spectral Sensor Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The AS726X Spectral Sensors from AMS brings a field of study to consumers that was previously unavailable, spectroscopy! It’s now easier than ever to measure and characterize how different materials absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light. Don’t know what part of the spectrum you want to look at? You’re in luck! Sparkfun carries two different flavors of spectrometer. The AS7262 detects wavelengths in the visible range while the AS7263 detects wavelengths just below the visible range, in the Near Infrared (NIR) range.

SparkFun Spectral Sensor Breakout - AS7262 Visible (Qwiic)

SparkFun Spectral Sensor Breakout - AS7262 Visible (Qwiic)

SEN-14347
$24.95
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SparkFun Spectral Sensor Breakout - AS7263 NIR (Qwiic)

SparkFun Spectral Sensor Breakout - AS7263 NIR (Qwiic)

SEN-14351
$24.95
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Required Materials

To follow along with this hookup guide, you will need one of the following Qwiic shields to match your preference of microcontroller:

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino

DEV-14352
$5.95
SparkFun Qwiic HAT for Raspberry Pi

SparkFun Qwiic HAT for Raspberry Pi

DEV-14459
$4.95
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SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Photon

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Photon

DEV-14477
$4.95

You will also need a Qwiic cable to connect the shield to your AS726X, choose a length that suits your needs.

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 200mm

Qwiic Cable - 200mm

PRT-14428
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 500mm

Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-14429
$1.95
Qwiic Cable - 50mm

Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-14426
$0.95

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with our new Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview. We would also recommend taking a look at the following tutorials if you aren’t familiar with them.

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I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.

Qwiic Shield for Arduino & Photon Hookup Guide

Get started with our Qwiic ecosystem with the Qwiic shield for Arduino or Photon.