New Product Friday: A Case of New Products


It’s Friday and we’ve got a solid stock of new products this week. The past few weeks have been a bit lean, but that’s the nature of getting shipments from all around the world - some just take longer than others. But this week, the shipments have been coming in, and we’ve got a lot of new stuff. So let’s check it out.

It’s difficult to tell how solid the Tux Labs cases are in pictures or even a video. If you want to have permanently installed boards (think of a hackerspace, or even your workbench), these are great for that. Check them out.

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I can’t count how many times I need a simple screen and a few buttons to go along with my project. Sometimes your project isn’t necessarily near a computer and therefore doesn’t have access to a serial terminal. So if you want to read out some values, or just look at a status, a basic 16x2 character LCD is a great way to do this. But, it’s not always the easiest thing to add. The LCD Button Shield makes it easy to add not only an LCD, but also a few buttons for navigating a menu, changing options, or just making satisfying ‘click’ sounds. I know we’re going to keep one of these around for future demos and projects.

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As I said above, if you’re looking for a durable (and mountable) case for your Arduino or Raspberry Pi, check out the TuxCases. The bottom is machined from aluminum, and they have acrylic tops with cutouts for connecting all your stuff. They can even be mounted to a work surface to ensure you always have a board where you need it, when you need it.

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If you’re looking to drive some stepper motors, check out the new version of the Big Easy Driver. It’s got a new IC on it, but otherwise remains the same. It will drive up to 2A/phase and support microstepping. If you have some smaller motors and don’t need the extra power, check out the Easy Driver instead.

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Want to mess around with Bluetooth audio? Check out the new RN-52 Bluetooth audio module. This module allows you to stream 2-channel audio. You can make all sorts of things like hands-free headsets, docking stations for a smartphone, wireless speakers, or intercom systems. We’re working on a breakout board, so check back for that.

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Need more conductive thread than a puny bobbin? We’re now selling stainless steel thread on large spools. Each spool contains around 360 yards of thread. This is the same stuff that’s on the bobbin, just a lot more of it!

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If you’re enclosing your project, you might want some LEDs as indicators. These simple LED holders make panel mounting your lights easy and cheap! We have them in a 5mm and 10mm size. Just slide in your LED, and they just snap into place. They’re a bit more flush than our ‘chrome finish’ ones.

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We’ve got a couple new versions of batteries this week. Our 1000mAh 7.4V and 2200mAh 7.4V batteries now come with deans connectors. Now you don’t have to fiddle with adding your own connector, which can be a bit of a pain with the thicker wires. Also, we just ordered a bunch of deans connectors that mate with the batteries, so watch for those, they should be coming soon.

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Sometimes suppliers like to just send whatever they want. This toggle switch is a good example. We were supposed to get a shipment of these, but they thought better of it. So, for a limited time, we have these lovely green 3PDT toggle switches! They are essentially the same, but with a slightly lower current rating. You win this round, China.

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And lastly, we have a new IC that we’re playing around with in engineering. The MPU-6000 is similar to the MPU-6050, but the 6000 has both I2C as well as SPI (the MPU-6050 only has I2C). If you’re not familiar with either IC, they are integrated 3-axis accelerometers and gyros that accept magnetometer data to form a very simple 9-DoF solution.

Well, that’s all the new stuff for this week. Be sure to check back next week, as we’ll be sure to have even more new stuff to talk about. Thanks for reading and see you then!


Comments 14 comments

  • Just in case it’s not said often enough, Friday’s new product posts are one of the highlights of my week. I must be getting old.

    • Thank you. I should put more energy into them, like the earlier ones :-)

  • I keep watching and watching but I haven’t seen a tear down of your awesome looking Geiger counter. I want to see that build but more so I want to see the data! Did I miss it or should I keep holding my breath?

    • Next week. I’ve been busy, both at work and personally. I did take 3 weeks off :-)

      • ;‘) I figured you were busy and it would come in time. Just wanted to bust your chops a bit. Funny how the relaxation of a vacation causes excessive work later. Keep up the great job you are all doing!

  • You marketing guys really need to work on your skills. You did not get the “wrong part from China”. You just received your “limited edition toggle switches” that will be gone once your inventories run out. And we can snatch up these “collectibles” for the low low price of only 11 easy payments of $2.95 + $6.95 shipping and handling. If we buy in the next 10 minutes, you’ll throw in a SECOND limited edition toggle switch - ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! (just pay separate shipping and handling).

    Don’t wait.

    P.S. Call me and we can work out some sort of consulting deal.

    • I think we’ll just stick to being honest. People can smell marketing a mile away.

      • And that’s why you’ll have loyal customers for a long time!

    • I like how the marketing “guru” remains anonymous. XD

  • If there is any product I feel Sparkfun is missing it would be copper clad boards, etching solution, and plain solder-able perforated boards. Very needed items for many Sparkfun customers.

  • Those LED mounts are awesome! I’ve been using the RS versions for a while now, but I’m glad to see that you now carry them (at a more reasonable price, also)! And the deans connectors on the batteries are great too! I hope the smaller batteries still come with the red JST connectors (I mean the power connectors, not the white balancing connectors).

  • My new favorite for displaying data is the Nokia 5110 board. I would love to see a sparkfun board using the Nokia 5110, and the same buttons. Also if you could leave the headers as optional, that would be fan freaking tastic! I just bought a board from another company that was a 5110 board + a small directional joystick. But it was a shield, and I wanted to use it with a mini. They broke out all the necessary pins on the side, but I had to cut off all these headers. What a pain.

  • I suspect “not come with deans connectors” should read “now come with deans connectors”.


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