Get ready to be able to see like the Predator! The SparkFun Grid-EYE Infrared Array Breakout board is an 8x8 thermopile array, meaning you have a square array of 64 pixels capable of independent temperature detection. It’s like having a thermal camera, just in a lower resolution. To make it even easier to to get your low-resolution infrared image, all communication is enacted exclusively via I2C, utilizing our handy Qwiic system. However, we still have broken out 0.1"-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.
The on-board AMG8833 Grid-EYE from Panasonic possesses an accuracy rate of ±2.5°C (±4.5°F) with a temperature range of 0°C to 80°C (32°F to 176°F). Additionally, this IR "camera" board can detect human body heat at about 7 meters or less (that's about 23 feet), and has a frame rate of 10 frames a second to one frame a second. It is important to point out that while this version of the Grid-EYE is the high performance type with a high gain, it is only 3.3V tolerant. IE: Don't try to operate it at 5V (you won't have a very good time).
NOTE: The I2C address of the AMG8833 is 0x69 and is jumper selectable to 0x68. A multiplexer/Mux is required to communicate to multiple AMG8833 sensors on a single bus. If you need to use more than one AMG8833 sensor consider using the Qwiic Mux Breakout.
The SparkFun Qwiic connect system is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
- Operating Voltage(Startup): 1.6V - 3.6V
- Operating Voltage(Timekeeping): 1.5V - 3.6V
- Current Consumption: 4.5 mA
- 8x8 Thermopile Array
- Temperature Range: 0°C to 80°C (32°F to 176°F)
- Accuracy Rate: ±2.5°C (±4.5°F)
- Human Detection Distance: 7m or less (22.966ft)
- I2C Address: 0x69 (open jumper, default) or 0x68 (closed jumper)
- 2x Qwiic Connection Ports
- Eagle Files
- Hookup Guide
- Datasheet (AMG8833)
- Arduino Library
- Qwiic Page
- GitHub Repos
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