One of our major motivations for creating Eyrie was to use it in conjunction with sites like SparkFun.
SparkFun is amazing for getting hardware projects off the ground fast. They have huge selection of breakout and development boards for nearly every popular sensor and micro-controller you can think of.
The fact that nearly everything on SparkFun is open source hardware means the opportunity for learning is off the charts.
SparkFun product pages have links to download design files and data sheets for central components, but we couldn’t help feel like the barrier to entry is still pretty high for beginners and not as convenient as it could be for more experienced folks.
To solve this problem we added first class support for sparkfun.com into Eyrie!
To use this feature, just navigate to a URL like https://eyrie.io/sparkfun/14001, replacing the “14001” with the product ID of the SparkFun product you’d like to explore.
Eyrie will automatically discover the GitHub repository associated with a SparkFun product and display the version and branch tagged for publication by SparkFun.
We’ve added a handy “SparkFun” button inside Eyrie to quickly jump you to the SparkFun product page for the design you’re viewing in Eyrie.
Because SparkFun always shares both the schematics and the layouts of their designs, you’ll be able to easily interact with both right from a browser on your desktop, tablet or mobile phone.
All of Eyrie’s features continue to work great including the ability to embed or share eyrie.io/sparkfun format URLs on social media with thumbnail previews, comments Octopart integration and more!
Shared Eyrie URLs can still reference specific views of schematics and layouts so you can embed them in the step by step hook up guides in that blog post covering your next project’s build.
Finally, we think sharing Eyrie URLs are a great way to communicate on community forums like the SparkFun Electronics Forums.
We hope you’ll have as much fun browsing SparkFun designs using Eyrie as we do!