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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.
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.
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.
Finally, we’re now selling our ¾" 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!