The Sparkfun Straight Bar Load Cell, TAL220, is a compact and reliable device that effectively translates up to 10kg of pressure into an electrical signal. This strain gauge is designed to measure the electrical resistance that corresponds to the force applied, making it an ideal tool for weighing objects, monitoring weight changes over time, or detecting the presence of an object through the measurement of strain or load on a surface. Crafted from a sturdy aluminum-alloy, the TAL220 load cell is designed to withstand a capacity of 10kg. It features four strain gauges arranged in a wheatstone bridge formation, ensuring accurate and reliable readings. The wiring follows a color code for easy setup: red signifies E+, green represents O+, black denotes E-, and white stands for O-. The TAL220 load cell is also IP66 rated, offering protection against dust and water, and includes two M4 and two M5 sized through-holes for easy mounting. The TAL220 load cell measures 80mm x 12.7mm x 12.7mm and comes with a 250mm wire. To assist with setup and usage, Sparkfun provides a comprehensive Load Cell Amplifier Hookup Guide and a Getting Started with Load Cells tutorial. The datasheet for the TAL220 load cell is also readily available for reference. With its robust construction, precise measurements, and user-friendly setup, the Sparkfun Straight Bar Load Cell, TAL220, is a valuable tool for a wide range of applications where accurate weight or force detection is required.