New Product Friday: The S.H.O.V.E.L.


Tomorrow (Saturday, June 8th) is the SparkFun AVC at the Boulder Reservoir. If you want to come, the event opens to the public at 9 a.m. and you can read more details here. If you can’t make the event, we’re planning on broadcasting a live stream of the entire competition starting at 9AM mountain time (barring any technical difficulties). You can find the stream here. We’ll also be hanging out in the usual social media venues!

This week we have a few new products, and a conceptual product that we’d like to hear you thoughts on. We also decided it was about time Dave made another appearance in a Friday New Product Post Video. Spoiler alert, it’s terrible.

Vimeo version here

I always like the classic infomercial skit. I have to admit, slapping Dave in the face over and over isn’t bad either. Sorry Dave, that’s what the fans wanted. Also, I mentioned a second video - we’ll post it shortly so check back!

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If you’re familiar with SparkFun, we’re all about open source. We hate patents! This week, we proudly introduce the SparkFun SHOVEL (semi-horned oblong versatile eating ladle), which is our very own open source spork. We want to show the world that OSHW is not just circuits and PCBs. The idea of open source can be applied to just about any product . This S.H.O.V.E.L. is intended as more of a figurehead example of open-sourcing EVERYTHING. In the end, we hope that open-sourcing doesn’t stop with circuits, let alone a spork. Think you can make the SHOVEL better? Download the design files and have at it!

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We have a new sensor kit for Arduino. The Qtechknow Learning Sensors Kit combines a shield with various sensors to get your feet wet in the world of sensors and Arduino. Each sensor plugs into a header in the shield making it easy to interface with the various modules. The kit comes unassembled, so make sure you have your soldering iron ready. The kit includes a light sensor, gas sensor, temperature sensor, buzzer, reed switch, and more!

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We now have the SparkFun RedBoard in retail packaging. The RedBoard is our own version of the basic Arduino development board that incorporates our own preferences and tweaks. Expect to see it in your favorite SparkFun retailers soon. And if your favorite store doesn’t already carry SparkFun, point them to the distributor application!

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Lastly, we have a new version of the ID-2 RFID reader from ID Innovations. The new ID-3LA now operates down to 2.8V to make it even easier to use. Check out the whole lineup of the new LA series of RFID readers.

That’s all I have for this week. As a final reminder, AVC is tomorrow (or today, or in the past, depending on when you’re reading this), so be sure to check it out. Be sure to register if you’re going to show up and watch. The more the merrier! This year is gonna be MASSIVE. We’re not kidding. It’s going to be at least 2-3 times bigger than last year. We expect it to be quite the show, so stop by and check it out. Thanks for reading and see you next week (or at AVC).


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