Connect real world sensors to your Scratch projects


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With the PicoBoard, your Scratch™ projects can sense – and respond to – things going on in the world outside your computer.

For example, using the sound sensor, you can make a sprite change how it looks whenever there is a loud sound.

whirl example
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Or, using the readings from a PicoBoard's light sensor, you can program a sprite to hop up and down whenever a shadow passes by.

You can use the slider and button to control a character in a video game.

A PicoBoard also comes with a USB cable and four sets of alligator clips that measure the electrical resistance in a circuit. You can use the alligator clips to build all kinds of custom sensors. For example, if you attach the clips to a pair of home-made bracelets, you can detect when your wrists touch.

Resistance Sensor example
Resistance Sensor example
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Any questions? Please contact SparkFun.
or post a question on the ‘Sensor Boards’ forum on the Scratch site.

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