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Start Blynking! SparkFun’s Blynk Board

The SparkFun Blynk Board is an easy-to-use app builder that allows users to add buttons, sliders, graphs, and RGB controllers to their phones. (Photo credit: SparkFun)

START BLYNKING! The SparkFun Blynk Board  is your hardware gateway to the app-controlled Blynk world. Combining the Blynk Board with the Blynk app allows you to control LEDs from your cellphone, send tweet reminders, monitor local weather conditions, and much more! It’s specially designed to work with the widgets in the Blynk mobile app to create your IoT project. Every Blynk Board comes fully programmed, and also includes a free Blynk subscription code card to connect the Board to your Blynk account. Connect to a Wi-Fi signal and you are ready to start Blynking! According to SparkFun, you’ll be controlling the Blynk Board from halfway around the world in no time.

On board every Blynk Board is the economic yet powerful ESP8266 framework that will allow you to connect to most 2.4GHz WiFi networks, that are either open (no password) or protected with WPA, WPA-2, or WEP authentication. The Blynk Board interfaces with the outside world using input/ouput (I/O) “pins” that can either control real-world objects, like motors or LEDs, or read in values from sensors (like light or position). Each of the Blynk Board’s pins are accessible via the large, metal-encircled holes on the edge of the board. These large holes are designed to interface with alligator clip cables: a staple interface cable for beginner and advanced electrical engineer alike. During setup, the RGB LED on the Blynk Board will be your window into its soul. The board uses this multi-colored LED to indicate all sorts of status modes including how to identify which board is yours.

Blynk is a digital dashboard for your iOS or Android device that allows you to easily build graphical interfaces by dragging and dropping widgets to control for your newest IoT projects! With the Blynk app you will be able to control the Blynk board or any other compatible hardware remotely by displaying sensor data, analyzing your surroundings, activating a function of your project and much more.

It’s Arduino programmable and no programming is required to connect the board to Blynk and try the demo projects. A Blynk subscription code card included along with over a dozen preloaded Blynk projects!

The Blynk Board is available at www.SparkFun.com for $29.99.

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