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  • The SparkFun gator:particle micro:bit Accessory Board incorporates the powerful MAX30102 sensor, enabling sensing of pulse oximetry (SpO2), heart rate (HR) monitoring, and particle (PM) detection. As part of SparkFun's gator:bit series of alligator-clippable accessories, it can be easily interfaced with the micro:bit or other microcontrollers via theSparkFun gator:bit! The MAX30102 includes internal LEDs, photodetectors, optical elements, and low-noise electronics with ambient light rejection. The idea is to pulse the different LEDs, then detect what shines back. Based on the reflected signature, it's possible to detect different types of particles or materials (such as oxygenated blood or smoke from a fire).

    The MAX30102 is a high-sensitivity pulse oximeter and heart-rate sensor that communicates over an I2C bus. The specified operating voltage for the MAX30102 is between 1.7V-2V. For use with the gator:bit (v2) and micro:bit, you should provide 3.3V through the 3V3 and GND pads to keep the logic levels consistent; the 3.3V input is then regulated to 1.8V for the MAX30102.

    • gator:bit Compatible
    • MAX30102: HR and SpO2sensor
      • Operating Voltage: 1.8-2V
      • Supply Current:
        • Heart Rate and SpO2Mode: 600-1200µA
        • IR Only Mode: 600-1200µA
      • Operating Temperature: -40°-85°C
      • (ΣΔ) ADC
        • Resolution: 15-18-bits (programmable)
        • Sampling Rate: 50-3200sps (programmable)
      • IR LED
        • LED Wavelength: 870-900nm (avg. 880nm)
        • Forward Voltage: 1.4V
        • Radiant Power: 6.5mW
        • LED Driver Current: 0-50 mA (programmable)
      • Red LED
        • LED Wavelength: 650-670nm (avg. 660 nm)
        • Forward Voltage: 2.1V
        • Radiant Power: 9.8mW
        • LED Driver Current: 0-50 mA (programmable)
      • Photodetector
        • Spectral Range of Sensitivity: 600-900nm
        • Radiant Sensitive Area: 1.36mm2
      • I2C Address
        • 0xAE - Write Address
        • 0xAF - Read Address