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We've got a new digital soldering station from Hakko, some books and LCD screens. Check them out!
It’s me again! But today it’s time for new products. If you missed the AVC Course Preview, check out yesterday’s post. We have some cool stuff this week (as always!) so let’s see what we’ve got.
Vimeo version can be found here
We just ran out of time this week with AVC and everything else. But I promise we’ll have a video demonstrating how to use the new 4D Systems screens next week.
4D Systems has 4 new screens this week that work with your Raspberry Pi or Arduino. They come in two different sizes each, a 3.2" and 4.3". The Arduino versions come with an adapter shield and the Raspberry Pi versions come with a small adapter board. They communicate over serial and have a new drag and drop programming interface. You don’t have to sit there for hours programming tediously to get a slick graphical interface for your next project. Check the video on the product page (and the one above) for some examples of what they do. And be sure to check back next week for a special demonstration video as well.
We’ve got a new digital version of the Hakko FX-888 this week. The new FX-888D does away with the analog knob and has a nice digital readout for temperature. If you’re looking to upgrade your iron, you can’t go wrong with a Hakko.
Want to use one of our illuminated rotary encoders, but need a board for it? This simple breakout works with both the Red/Green as well as the RGB version. Just flip it over and use the side with the correct markings (either RG or RGB).
We also have a couple of new books this week. The first is a great book for teaching Python. Python for Kids isn’t just for kids, it’s for anyone that wants to learn Python, but doesn’t want to read a boring textbook. It’s got pictures, color, and is actually fun and interesting to read. Check it out.
Lastly, we’ve got a similar book, but for Scratch. Super Scratch Programming Adventure is a fun and colorful book which teaches you the basics of Scratch programming software. Both of these books are fantastic at approaching technical subjects from a completely different perspective.
Well, that’s it for this week. Check back next week for more new products and the demo for the new LCDs. Thanks for reading and see you then!