Sensors

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Photon IMU Shield Hookup Guide

July 2, 2015

Learn how to use the SparkFun Photon IMU Shield, a versatile motion-sensing add-on board for your Photon device with an on-board LSM9DS1 system-in-a-chip that houses a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer. That’s right, 9 degrees of freedom (9DOF) from a single IC!
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Photon Weather Shield Hookup Guide

July 2, 2015

Create Internet-connected weather projects with the SparkFun Weather Shield for the Photon.
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Getting Started with Load Cells

June 11, 2015

A tutorial defining what a load cell is and how to use one.

FLIR Lepton Hookup Guide

March 26, 2015

See the invisible world of infrared radiation using the FLIR Dev Kit and Raspberry Pi.

Wake-on-Shake Hookup Guide

March 13, 2015

A basic hookup guide for getting started with the SparkFun Wake-on-Shake.

VL6180 Hookup Guide

February 12, 2015

Get started with your VL6180 based sensor or the VL6180 breakout board.

APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sensor Hookup Guide

November 6, 2014

Getting started guide for the Avago APDS-9960 color, proximity, and gesture sensor.

Using AT&T's M2X With the CC3000

September 2, 2014

A set of tutorials and examples to show how to connect an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X data streams. We show how to post, fetch, and delete data. The final lesson is controlling an LED from an M2X stream.

Hackers in Residence - Cosmic Ray Detector

August 11, 2014

Learn how to detect cosmic rays with this simple and cheap detector, built by Hacker in Residence Pete Marchetto.

HMC6343 3-axis Compass Hookup Guide

August 7, 2014

How to hook the HMC6343 -- a high-end, tilt-compensated compass module -- up to an Arduino. Never get lost again!

ADXL337 and ADXL377 Accelerometer Hookup Guide

July 17, 2014

How to get started using both the ADXL337 and ADXL377 3-axis accelerometers with analog outputs.

AD8232 Heart Rate Monitor Hookup Guide

July 17, 2014

Learn how to create your very own heart rate monitor.

Soil moisture-sensing by hacking a solar light

June 19, 2014

How to take a solar powered pathway light from a hardware store and make it into a crude soil moisture sensor.

Internet Datalogging With Arduino and XBee WiFi

June 19, 2014

How to combine an Arduino, XBee WiFi module, and handful of sensors to create a live stream of "Office Conditions". Storing light, temperature, carbon-monoxide, and methane (for science!) readings on the Internet.

ISL29125 RGB Light Sensor Hookup Guide

June 12, 2014

A guide to help you integrate the ISL29125 RGB light sensor breakout board into your electronic projects.

MMA8452Q Accelerometer Breakout Hookup Guide

June 11, 2014

How to get started using the MMA8452Q 3-axis accelerometer -- a solid, digital, easy-to-use acceleration sensor.

Logomatic Hookup Guide

May 29, 2014

Basic introduction and hook-up guide for the SparkFun Logomatic.

Are You Okay? Widget

May 23, 2014

Use an Electric Imp and accelerometer to create an "Are You OK" widget. A cozy piece of technology your friend or loved one can nudge to let you know they're OK from half-a-world away.

Weather Station Wirelessly Connected to Wunderground

April 11, 2014

Build your own open source, official Wunderground weather station that updates every 10 seconds over Wifi via an Electric Imp.

Interactive Hanging LED Array

April 10, 2014

Learn how we converted 72 lightbulbs into an interactive LED array for our conference room.

ML8511 UV Sensor Hookup Guide

March 13, 2014

Get up and running quickly with this simple to use UV sensor.

LSM9DS0 Hookup Guide

February 27, 2014

How to assemble, connect to, and use the LSM9DS0 -- an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer all-in-one.

Old Tutorials

Looking for the old, archived tutorials? Head on over to the archived tutorials on the main SparkFun site.
Please be aware that the tutorials you find there are no longer actively maintained.