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New Product Friday


Hello everyone and welcome to Friday, where we talk about new stuff. We’ve got a few things this week, so check out the video as well as the list of products.

Vimeo version can be found here.

I will admit, the colors of the storage boxes are less than desirable (we had no choice), but they do come in pretty handy. The sizes are pretty good for most smaller components and the ability to snap them together is quite nice.

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Remember the weatherproof USB panel mount connector we had earlier this year? Many of you wanted the mating USB cable, and here it is. It screws into the panel mount connector to form a water and dust tight seal into your enclosure. Use your project in harsh conditions or even underwater!

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These modular plastic storage boxes are pretty neat. They have spring-loaded lids and they all snap together to form whatever size you have room for. They come in a total of 4 different sizes. The small comes in a 10 pack, the medium come 4 to a pack, the large includes 2, and the extra large is sold in singles. They are good for small parts organization (LEDs, diodes, resistors, small breakout boards, etc) and can be easily configured for your needs.

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Looking for a way to hook up your new Raspberry Pi? This 6' long HDMI cable is just what you need to get all the video goodness from your Pi. You can also use it for anything else that uses a standard HDMI cable.

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If you don’t need HDMI (or don’t have a HDTV) and just want good old-fashioned composite, we also have a nice shielded RCA video cable for you. It’s also 6' long and is nicer than the ultra-thin ones that come free with modern electronics. You can even use them for audio applications as well.

That’s all I’ve got this week. We will be skipping the new product post next week as it will be Thanksgiving and we will be closed for the holiday weekend. But, we do have some surprises next week, so it might be a good idea to check the homepage periodically throughout the week. Thanks for reading and see you again in a couple of weeks!


Comments 34 comments

  • How many more weeks before you start pulling soldering irons out of the facial hair? :-)

    Your beard may need a show of its own soon.

  • Why advertise the boxes when you just demonstrated that your beard offers a much better storage solution?

  • I knew it, Robert is going for the Lumberjack thing… Now with logic breakouts and LEDs confirmed I want to know if he’s going to step up to the full digital lumberjack and use a pic-Axe to shave with.

  • Free Day announcement next week? :)

  • I was just gonna ask: Is Robert’s beard starting to overtake his face?

  • I just saw a SparkFun XBee shield on the same channel as mythbusters!!!

    Proof that SFE is an awesome company!!!

  • Careful Robert, storing stuff in your beard is a slippery slope: http://963theblaze.com/files/2012/06/beard.bird_.jpg

  • Are the tops of those WenTai boxes frosted? If so, sticking an LED inside would make them look really neat.

    • I guess I’d call it frosted. They certainly diffuse light. They’re not so frosted, though, that you can’t see what’s in them. LEDs would be really nifty, especially if you could just add an SMD LED to each box and find a way to multiplex them through the tabs on the side!

    • You know what would look cooler? LEDs inside his beard.

      • I see a very special Holiday Edition New Product Friday in our future.

        It would be a lot easier to wire up if us guys could figure out how to grow conductive fiber beards.

    • They look more like textured than frosted.

      But these look like they would make great project boxes for certain projects where you need easy access and don’t want to use a screw driver all the time.

  • Ooooh little boxes. Seriously. I kinda like modular storage. Either that, or I have hoarding issues… but think: what if I actually need those vacuum tubes I’ve been saving all these years?

    BTW – very happy to see that you now have the mating USB cable for the waterproof socket – when you first started carrying that I looked all over for a mating cable, but it seems like there is no standard for threading on those. Do you have any specs for how deep underwater you can go and still keep a seal? Not that UW is the only application – I could see those USB ports being great on things like CNC machines where coolant splashes are a fact of life.

  • Great week of new products!

  • Storage of many of my small projects usually wind up in a little red Sparkfun cardboard box. I would like Sparkfun to offer a cardboard case that let one slide lots of little boxes into it.

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  • If you have a computer monitor (NOT an HDTV) that you want to use as a monitor for the RP then you need an HDMI to DVI cable, or a female HDMI to male DVI adapter to go along with the HDMI cable. (future new product?)

    • depending on your monitor, most likely you will need an actual converter, not just a cable.

      • What about HDMI to VGA? For my older monitors a convertor would be nice too!! I wouldn’t want to have to go through an HDMI to a DVI adapter to a VGA adapter—it doesn’t seem efficient!

        • VGA is an analog signal and HDMI is digital, so you would need a converter. They aren’t TOO pricey, maybe around $50 for one that will work?

          • Really? I’ve found some for ~$30 at local supermarkets.

          • That’s still a bit pricey….hmm….decisions, decisions……maybe I’ll end up hooking the Pi up to one of my larger tv’s–they take composite and HDMI!! That’ll probably be the most efficient

      • HDMI and DVI are identical. (except for the connectors and DVI lacking a digital audio channel.) A cable with the right connectors will do the job.

      • With my RPi, I was able to use an HDMI to DVI to make it work. But yes, you need to make sure your monitor can handle it.

  • Nice beard! :D


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