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New Product Friday: Mux Mux Revolution

New Products and a Danceable Demo!

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Welcome Back! Robert's on vacation for a few weeks so I'll be showcasing our new products. This week it looks like it's all about giving your Arduino some new abilities. Let's jump in and see what we've got!



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Aside from the terrible music and the rat's nest-style construction, I think Mux Mux Revolution is pretty true to its roots... It'll never catch on, though. There is something magical about pressing a button on your Arduino and lighting up a whole mess of LEDs. Projects with a lot of lights always seem easy at the start but it can get pretty hairy dealing with all of those outputs; this one would've been tough without the Mux Shield II.

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The Mux Shield II lets you connect up to 48 Inputs or Outputs to your Arduino! Mayhew Labs made a few really nice improvements over the original Mux Shield, like moving the I/O pins to the edge of the shield and making the pins mode-selectable in software or hardware. If you have one Arduino and a whole lot of stuff to hook up to it, check out the Mux Shield II.

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The MOSFET Power Controller is a simple way to hook up a power-hungry device to your microcontroller-based project without having to worry about the current limitations of your controller. You'll notice that this board has sewable pads; that's because it was actually designed as part of an upcoming e-textiles kit. It was such a useful board, though, that we went ahead and added 0.1"-spaced headers as well! If you need to control a high power device, like a heat pad, with your Arduino or LilyPad Arduino, this is the board for you.

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Finally, we're now selling our 3/4" Nylon Standoffs in packs of ten. I know, it's not very exciting, but I thought this might be a good opportunity to draw your attention to the hardware category. I get all kinds of project ideas just by browsing around the hardware section, so if you're stuck on your current project, why not click around over there a while?

Check out the soldering section as well where you'll find both leaded and lead-free solder paste. Unfortunately, our supplier started sending us under-filled containers but we've adjusted the price and put them back on sale with the corrected weight.

Well that's all for this week! Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing your comments. If you haven't read about Rob's trip, check out that post. He'll be gone for a few more weeks but just hang in there and we'll get through this together. See you next week!

Comments 12 comments

  • I enjoy the new ending graphic sequence. Keep the improvements coming. The fine details of the standoff are just amazing.

  • You should sand the acrylic arrows to diffuse the light better. Should make them more visible.

  • Hey Nick, thanks for the product post. How did you connect all 48 wires to the right angle headers that you soldered on the mux shield ?

    • I used three sets of female headers that I soldered each wire to and then covered with hot glue. That's a pretty scrappy solution. The manual for the shield actually has a few suggestions for 3x16 connectors that you can plug jumper wires into.

  • Always making Fridays a better day! In all previous New Product Friday posts, clicking the picture linked me to the product, but now it just gives me a bigger picture of it. Is this a new thing or have I managed to become one of those infamous "correctors" one may see in the comments section?

    • Everyone does things a little differently on their blog posts - Nick has linked to the product in the description right below the photos! But mainly this week we just really, really want you to get a good look at that standoff. Look at it!

      • I figure if I blow it up big enough, I don't have to tell you what kind of plastic it is, you can just identify the molecular structure.

    • Yep, you've just become 'that guy'!

    • Everyone knows we need a bigger picture of that standoff! 4x just isn't big enough.

      • When I click on it a get exactly the same picture (maybe smaller) just not center justified.

        So I all I get is a little eye exercise as the picture moves from center to the left. :-)

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