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Robotic arms, pulverized wood transformed into knowledge, a slice of Pi. Check out the new products for this week.

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Hello again! This week we don’t have a ‘traditional’ product video, but we have a couple of product-specific videos instead. One involves gambling, the other involves bow ties.

uArm - Desktop Robotic Arm

$ 399.95

The uArm is an Arduino-powered, 4-axis robot arm that has been modeled after industrial pallet packing and car building robots which can be set up and used straight off of your desktop. Each uArm is equipped with three digital servos at the base to control the basic movement of the arm and an additional mini servo attached to the end-effector that moves and rotates the object you are lifting with your chosen manipulator. I could keep talking about it, but you probably want to see it move around. So check out this video - we put it to work for us.

Raspberry Pi 2 - Model B

$ 39.95

This week we have the new version of the Raspberry Pi 2! The new RPi2 is faster and has more memory than the original. So it does everything the original does, only faster. Let’s let Shawn explain the differences. Update: Uh, wow - those sold out fast. We’re working on getting more in stock. For now, you can backorder them but we do not have an ETA for more.

Haha, classic Shawn.

The SparkFun Guide to Processing

$ 24.95

Remember the SparkFun Guide to Processing that we talked about earlier this week? Well, we have it for preorder. It won’t be shipping until June, but you can reserve yours today. The SparkFun Guide to Processing teaches you to craft your own digital artwork and even combine it with hardware—no prior programming experience required. Over the course of the book, you’ll learn the basics by drawing simple shapes, move on to photo editing and video manipulation, and ultimately affect the physical world by using Processing with an Arduino.

USB Cable Extension - 1.5 Foot

$ 1.95

Lastly, we have the USB extension cable that comes in the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for MicroView. Sometimes you don’t need a long extension cable, you just need to go from the back of a computer to the front, or just a few inches away from your laptop.

OK, that’s it for this week. Of course there’s more stuff next week so stop back then. Or just don’t leave, either one works. See you then.

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