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This week we've got a special video in place of the weekly product demonstration video, check it out.
This week we have a smaller than usual list of new products, so I decided to do something a bit different. I was wanting to talk about a product that we carry that’s never gotten a proper introduction, but it didn’t seem fair to pick just one. So, for the next couple of weeks, I present to you, Shieldstravaganza. We’re going to be briefly talking about all the Arduino shields we carry. Adding them all up, we have about 50 different shields and it was fun to put them all on a table and talk about why each one exists.
Vimeo link here
Of course this video isn’t meant as an in-depth demonstration of each one, but more as a ‘hey, what does this one do?’ This video (and the ones to follow) really tested my knowledge of our product catalog. I admit, there were a couple shields that I didn’t immediately recognize and had to research before the video. It’s pretty interesting to see the whole range of shields at once. That being said, let’s see what new stuff we have for this week!
Since we have a new MKII version of our robotic claw, we now have a MKII for the matching pan-tilt bracket. The new bracket has a couple additional holes that line up with the MKII claw. The older bracket can still work with the newer claw, but will require a bit of modification. The pan-tilt bracket should work with both claws as it has both hole patterns.
Remember those coin acceptors we got a couple weeks back? Well, they’ve already discontinued the 2-coin acceptor. Boo! Thankfully, we have a 3-coin acceptor that’s even better! This one will of course recognize three different coin types and even has a nice little display on the inside to indicate which coin it just recognized.
And lastly, we have a new version of the 4D Systems 3.2" LCD screen. The new version has some minor hardware and software updates. This is a 240x320 LCD screen that would be great for a slick GUI or even 3D graphics.
Well, that’s it for this week. Be sure to check back next week, we actually have a VERY interesting new product to talk about that should shake things up a bit. See you then and thanks for reading!