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For this week, the new CryptoShield, a new version of the SparkFun Trackballer, and a hacking board for the MiP Self-Balancing Robot.

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Welcome back everyone, I’m here to talk about the new products for the week. I apologize that I was unable to personally make a video this week, but I will try my best to do one for next week. I’ve been busy with several projects and just haven’t had the time unfortunately. However, we do have 3 videos this week, so hopefully that makes up for my absence. Also, there’s a flame-thrower.

SparkFun MiP ProMini-Pack

DEV-13058
$ 24.95

The MiP Robotic Platform is the first self-balancing robot that you can drive, dance, plays games, battle with other MiPs, and that you can control via a compatible iOS or Android device. But did you know you can hack it? With the SparkFun ProMini-Pack you can access the robot’s built-in hacking port to add increased functionality and a miniature Arduino to your MiP. All you will need to do to get this pack integrated into your MiP are a few simple hardware modifications to the robot’s chassis. Once those modifications are complete you will have your very own ProMini attached to your MiP that you can started programing with your own code in no time flat!

The biggest question is, what are you gonna hack it to do? Let’s see what Casey came up with for his.

SparkFun CryptoShield

DEV-13183
$ 59.95

The CryptoShield has a lot of specialized ICs that perform various cryptographic operations which will allow you to add a hardware security layer to your Arduino project. It also is a nice device for those performing embedded security research. It was developed in collaboration with Josh Datko and is basically the Arduino version of the CryptoCape. Want to know more about how it works? That’s good, because we have a video with Josh himself talking about his board! Check it out.

SparkFun Blackberry Trackballer Breakout

COM-13169
$ 24.95

This week we took and old product and gave it a face-lift. The SparkFun BlackBerry Trackballer Breakout gives you easy access to a trackball which measures up, down, left, and right movements, clicks on the board, as well as adding a bit of flair to your project with four built-in LEDs. The old version had some tricky mounting which is solved in the new version with a second PCB which holds everything in place, making it a LOT easier to use. The trackball is pretty darn cool. It uses little magnets and hall effect sensors to detect the movement of the little ball. It has a great tactile feel and is pretty responsive too. Here’s Nick talking about how it works.

That is all I have for this week! I’ll be back next week with more new stuff. Thanks for reading and watching and see you next week!

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