Motion

Using the A111 Pulsed Radar Sensor with a Raspberry Pi

July 30, 2018

Learn how to download, build, and use the Acconeer A111 SDK with a Raspberry Pi! The tiny A111 pulsed coherent radar (PCR) adds high-precision, cutting-edge distance measurement for speed-, material-, motion-,or gesture-sensing projects! We’re not talking about simple ultrasonic, or even infrared, sensors here, but 60GHz radar!

Qwiic VR IMU (BNO080) Hookup Guide

April 30, 2018

Figure out how things are oriented with the robust 9 degrees of freedom (DOF) BNO080 IMU. Maybe even make your own virtual reality (VR) applications if you're feeling savvy.

TFMini - Micro LiDAR Module Hookup Guide

April 13, 2018

The TFMini is a ToF (Time of Flight) LiDAR sensor capable of measuring the distance to an object as close as 30 cm and as far as 12 meters! The TFMini allows you to integrate LiDAR into applications traditionally reserved for smaller sensors such as the SHARP GP-series infrared rangefinders.

Qwiic Accelerometer (MMA8452Q) Hookup Guide

April 5, 2018

Freescale’s MMA8452Q is a smart, low-power, three-axis, capacitive micro-machined accelerometer with 12-bits of resolution. It’s perfect for any project that needs to sense orientation or motion. We’ve taken that accelerometer and stuck it on a Qwiic-Enabled breakout board to make interfacing with the tiny, QFN package a bit easier.

Getting Started with Walabot

February 15, 2018

See through walls, track objects, monitor breathing patterns, and more using the power of radio frequency with the Walabot! In this tutorial, we will explore Walabot’s features using the Software Demo Kit (SDK) on Windows and the Application Programming Interface (API) on Linux-based distributions for embedded projects.

Qwiic Human Presence Sensor (AK9753) Hookup Guide

January 18, 2018

How to get started with your Qwiic enabled AK9753 Human Presence Sensor.

H3LIS331DL Accelerometer Breakout Hookup Guide

December 21, 2017

Hookup guide and library usage details for the triple axis accelerometer H3LIS331DL high-g accelerometer.

ESP32 Thing Motion Shield Hookup Guide

November 16, 2017

Getting started with the ESP32 Thing Motion Shield to detect movements using the on-board LSM9DS1 IMU and adding a GPS receiver. Data can be easily logged by adding an microSD card to the slot.

Setting Up the Pi Zero Wireless Pan-Tilt Camera

September 14, 2017

This tutorial will show you how to assemble, program, and access the Raspberry Pi Zero as a headless wireless pan-tilt camera.

Pi Servo Hat Hookup Guide

September 14, 2017

This hookup guide will show you how to connect and use the Pi Servo Hat in a project.

ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor SMD Hookup Guide

June 1, 2017

How to connect and use the SparkFun ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor with an Arduino.

Spectacle Inertia Board Hookup Guide

May 4, 2017

Everything you need to know about using the Spectacle Inertia Board in one place.

Spectacle Motion Board Hookup Guide

May 4, 2017

All the information you need to use the Spectacle Motion Kit in one place.

Spectacle Motion Kit Hookup Guide

May 4, 2017

All the information you need to use the Spectacle Motion Kit in one place.

Spectacle Example: Super Mario Bros. Diorama

May 4, 2017

A study in building an animated diorama (with sound!) using Spectacle electronics.

OpenPIR Hookup Guide

April 27, 2017

How to use and customize the SparkFun OpenPIR motion sensor.

Haptic Motor Driver Hook-Up Guide

January 19, 2017

Good vibes only. Getting started with the Haptic Motor Driver.

LIS3DH Hookup Guide

December 29, 2016

A guide to connecting the LIS3DH to a microcontroller and using the Arduino library.

Lessons in Algorithms

December 21, 2016

Learn techniques on how to use Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters and other data-processing tools to turn data into information.

9DoF Razor IMU M0 Hookup Guide

December 1, 2016

How to use and re-program the 9DoF Razor IMU M0, a combination of ATSAMD21 ARM Cortex-M0 microprocessor and MPU-9250 9DoF-in-a-chip.

MicroView Digital Compass

October 24, 2016

Build a portable digital compass using the SparkFun MicroView and the MAG3110 Magnetometer Breakout.

TB6612FNG Hookup Guide

September 29, 2016

Basic hookup guide for the TB6612FNG H-bridge motor driver to get your robot to start moving!

ADXL345 Hookup Guide

September 13, 2016

Get started with the ADXL345 Accelerometer.

Old Tutorials

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Please be aware that the tutorials you find there are no longer actively maintained.