2020 Guide to Boards debuts with AR app

September 11, 2020 //By Rich Pell
2020 Guide to Boards debuts with AR app
Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics has partnered with Make: magazine to create the 2020 Guide to Boards - designed to help everyone from students and makers to engineers find the "perfect brain" for their creation.

The guide, say the companies, is the ultimate compilation of all the latest and greatest boards available, including microcontrollers (MCUs), single board computers (SBCs), and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The 2020 Guide to Boards includes products for applications ranging from robotics to AI to IoT, and is augmented by the Digi-Key Boards Guide augmented reality (AR) app, available on the App Store and Google Play.

The app enables users to scan each page with their device's camera for more photos and details. The AR features of the guide include over 100 scannable MCU, SBC, and FPGA demonstration and development platforms and boards, including the latest from Adafruit, Arduino, BeagleBoard, Micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, SparkFun and others.

There are more than 30 boards available to pinch, zoom, and rotate with the AR features, and each AR board includes key features and popular add-on boards where applicable. The guide, say the companies, also brings a video to life from Adafruit's Ladyada highlighting recent trends in boards including higher integration and ecosystem developments. Every board links to its corresponding DigiKey.com product detail page for datasheets, startup guides, videos, board-based projects and more.

"We're thrilled to debut the latest edition of the Guide to Boards with Make," says David Sandys, director of technical marketing for Digi-Key Electronics. "The guide is a great tool for everyone from students and makers to professional engineers to look at key features and determine which boards will be right for their project. The AR element of the accompanying app offers tons of extra features, really bringing the physical or digital guide to life."

Make: executive editor Mike Senese adds, "This is our best and biggest edition yet. We've expanded the boards listings by 50%, adding multiple pages for the additions. We profile notable new boards that are exciting options for electronics prototypers. And the augmented reality aspect really gives a perspective unlike anything else."

This year's guide brings a


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