Arduino has launched the MKR IoT Carrier Rev2 board for Arduino MKR boards with a Bosch SensorTech BME688 4-in-1 pressure, humidity, temperature, and gas sensor replacing the HTS221 humidity sensor and LP22HB barometric pressure sensor, and the LSM6DSOX taking the place of the LSM6DS3, among other some other small changes.
First sold as part of the Arduino Oplà IoT Kit, the Arduino MKR IoT Carrier eventually became available on its own in February 2021 offering a display, sensors, and I/Os for Arduino MKR boards with wireless connectivity. The company has now introduced a second revision for the Arduino MKR IoT Carrier with new sensors and repositioning of some of the components following customer feedback.
Arduino MKR IoT Carrier Rev2 features & specifications:
- Compatible with Arduino MKR family boards with WiFi, LoRa, NB-IoT, or 3G cellular connectivity
- Storage – MicroSD card holder
- Display – Round 1.3-inch OLED display with 240×240 resolution
- 2x 24V relays (V23079)
- 3x Grove connectors including two analog and one digital (I2C)
- Misc – 5x RGB LEDs, 5x capacitive touch buttons, Buzzer, Reset button
- Power Supply
- 5V via USB port on MKR board.
- 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery holder (battery not included)
- Dimensions – ~85 mm ∅
The new version of the carrier board looks about the same as the first revision. Some of the other small changes include:
- Addition of a Reset button
- 90° rotation of the relay connectors
- Repositioning of the light sensor (APDS-9960)
- Change of pins assigned to control the relays to pins 1 and 2
- Change grove connector assignment from pin A5 to A6
Despite the changes, the new MKR IoT Carrier Rev2 is said to be software compatible and as long as the latest version of the Arduino_MKRIoTCarrier library is used, you should not need to change your sketch. Typical projects remain the same, and the carrier board can be used in combination with Arduino MKR boards to create environment monitoring stations, GUI IoT interfaces, or control external devices. You’ll find further technical details and resources to get started on Arduino’s documentation website.
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