Best of 2019: A SparkFun Year of Firsts

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Today is the last day of 2019. We decided to look back at some of what we accomplished this year, and which products you loved most. It's hard to accept that the year is already over (I could barely believe how long ago some 2019 product releases were), because so much happened that made it special.

SparkFun's Best of 2019!

It was a year of firsts for SparkFun! We began 2019 with a month of new Qwiic® Ecosystem products, including the RedBoard Qwiic, Turbo and GPS-RTK2. Even though the SparkFun Qwiic Ecosystem has been around since 2017, we are now just shy of 100 unique boards, kits and components. If you're curious what products are available as of today, check out our full Qwiic Ecosystem PDF.

Machine learning also made a huge impact in 2019. We released our first machine learning board supported by TensorFlow with the SparkFun Edge, and our first artificial intelligence robotics kit with the JetBot AI Kit with Jetson Nano.

We also created the world's first open source, FCC-certified BLE module with Artemis! We made an individual, mass-market ready module able to be used from prototype to final product, as well as carrier boards with Arduino Uno R3, Arduino Nano, Arduino Mega and Feather-compatible footprints. Heck, we even released a limited-edition SnowBoard version for the holidays!

In September, we collaborated with CU Boulder and Denver Public Schools to create the gator:science Kit for micro:bit, funded by the National Science Foundation. This is an awesome sensor kit that gives students a launch pad to start learning about electronics and data from their environment.

To round out the year, we released our first RISC-V boards with the RED-V RedBoard and RED-V Thing Plus boards, making them one of the most inexpensive and powerful RISC-V boards on the market!

So what did our customers think of our products? These were the top 20 products of 2019, based on quantities purchased.

SparkFun gator:bit v2.0 - micro:bit Carrier Board

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SparkFun gator:bit v2.0 - micro:bit Carrier Board

In stock DEV-15162

The SparkFun gator:bit is an all-in-one “carrier” board for your micro:bit that provides you with a fully functional deve…

$19.95
SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

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SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.1

In stock KIT-15267

The fourth edition of our popular SIK, fully reworked from the ground up for a better learning experience! V4.1 now has the a…

$99.95
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SparkFun Edge Development Board - Apollo3 Blue

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SparkFun Edge Development Board - Apollo3 Blue

In stock DEV-15170

The SparkFun Edge Development Board powered by TensorFlow is perfect begin using voice recognition without relying on the ser…

$14.95
11
SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

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SparkFun JetBot AI Kit Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Nano

15 available KIT-15365

Utilize this kit to turn your Jetson Nano into a mobile machine with things like object following, collision avoidance via th…

$274.95
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SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic

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SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic

Out of stock DEV-15123

The SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic is an Arduino-compatible development board with a built in Qwiic connector, eliminating the need …

$19.95
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SparkFun RedBoard Artemis Nano

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SparkFun RedBoard Artemis Nano

19 available DEV-15443

The RedBoard Artemis Nano is a miniature extremely versatile implementation of the Artemis module.

$14.95
SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

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SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

In stock DEV-15444

The RedBoard Artemis takes the incredibly powerful Artemis module from SparkFun and wraps it up in an easy to use and familia…

$19.95
SparkFun Artemis Module - Low Power Machine Learning BLE Cortex-M4F

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SparkFun Artemis Module - Low Power Machine Learning BLE Cortex-M4F

In stock WRL-15484

The Artemis Module from SparkFun is the first FCC certified, open-source, Cortex-M4F with BLE 5.0 running up to 96MHz and wit…

$8.95
SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit

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SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit

In stock KIT-15228

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) for micro:bit is a great way to get creative, connected and coding with the micro:bit.

$49.95
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SparkFun Qwiic Scale - NAU7802

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SparkFun Qwiic Scale - NAU7802

In stock SEN-15242

The SparkFun Qwiic Scale - NAU7802 is a small breakout board for the NAU7802 that allows you to easily read load cells to mea…

$14.95
SparkFun Nano Power Timer - TPL5110

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SparkFun Nano Power Timer - TPL5110

Only 12 left! PRT-15353

The SparkFun Nano Power Timer will run while only consuming minimal power (approximately 35nA) and turn your project on after…

$5.95
1
SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger

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SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger

In stock DEV-15165

The SparkFun Qwiic MP3 Trigger takes care of all the necessary requirements for playing sound files, all you need to do is se…

$19.95
4
SparkFun Buck-Boost Converter

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SparkFun Buck-Boost Converter

24 available COM-15208

The SparkFun Buck-Boost Converter is a handy power accessory board that allows you to fine tune the amount of power your proj…

$9.95
SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus

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SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus

In stock PRT-15217

The SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus is the suped-up power option in the SparkFun line of single-cell lithium polymer (LiPo) batter…

$9.95
SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog

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SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog

In stock DEV-15164

The SparkFun Qwiic OpenLog can store, or "log", huge amounts of serial data and act as a black box of sorts all over I2C.

$16.95
SparkFun GPS Breakout - Chip Antenna, SAM-M8Q (Qwiic)

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SparkFun GPS Breakout - Chip Antenna, SAM-M8Q (Qwiic)

In stock GPS-15210

The SparkFun SAM-M8Q GPS Breakout is a high quality, GPS board with equally impressive configuration options.

$39.95
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SparkFun Qwiic Single Relay

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SparkFun Qwiic Single Relay

In stock COM-15093

The SparkFun Qwiic Single Relay provides you with the easiest to use relay yet, handling up to 5.5A at 240VAC for long period…

$11.95
1
SparkFun Level Translator Breakout - PCA9306

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SparkFun Level Translator Breakout - PCA9306

In stock BOB-15439

Different parts sometimes use different voltage levels to communicate. This PCA9306 Level Translator can be the key to making…

$3.95
SparkFun Transparent Graphical OLED Breakout (Qwiic)

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SparkFun Transparent Graphical OLED Breakout (Qwiic)

In stock LCD-15173

The SparkFun Qwiic Transparent Graphical OLED Breakout allows you to display custom images on a transparent screen using eith…

$39.95
3
SparkFun RedBoard Turbo - SAMD21 Development Board

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SparkFun RedBoard Turbo - SAMD21 Development Board

Only 1 left! DEV-14812

If you’re ready to step up your Arduino game from older 8-bit/16MHz microcontrollers, the SparkFun RedBoard Turbo is a form…

$24.95
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Like we said, it has been huge year for us and we didn't even cover all of the prototyped products created in SparkX, the contests and giveaways we held or the partnerships we formed.

So what's in store for 2020? We plan to create even more dedicated pages to the topics that interest you most, like the Engineering Essentials, All About LEDs, Building GPS Systems, Distance Sensing and Python pages released this year. We will continue to expand our ever growing Qwiic Ecosystem. Most of all, we plan to continue to innovate new and exciting products for you. Trust us, we have a lot more planned that we can't share just yet, but we expect it to be a monumentally impactful year for us, and for our customers and community.

Let us know what your highlights of the year were. What products, posts and tutorials did you love? What was your favorite Rob video? Ours was his Top Gun tribute! We'll see you next year, and thank you for your ongoing support!

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