This week we’ve got a little bit of everything. A new SparkFun tool, a couple of revisions, and a new board. Be sure to check out the video this week, it’s full of cringe.
I challenge you to use a traditional third hand to eat tacos. I’m not saying this makes ours vastly superior, but it’s certainly the king when it comes to hands-free taco eating. This may or may not be a benefit for you.
I’ve always hated using third hands. The arms never really adjust the way you want them to, they don’t have enough arms, and the base isn’t stable enough. That’s why we created the SparkFun Third Hand Kit. It includes two flexible coolant hoses, the parts necessary to make them into little hands, and a sturdy aluminum base. The kit comes standard with 2 arms, but you can add up to 6 if you want to go crazy.
If you want to add extra hands, check out these coolant pipes. They’re about a foot long and make for great hands when coupled with alligator clips. You can also add some LEDs in the ends for lighting, or use them to mount accessories like a fan or magnifying glass. You could probably use them to make a flexible tripod. They have a lot of uses! We’ve also been told they work well for coolant.
If you want to turn a coolant pipe into an additional hand, check out this parts kit. It includes a couple alligator clips, screws, and some heatshrink. Pop off the end of the pipe, screw in the alligator clips, and put everything back together. Use some of the heatshink on the alligator clips so you don’t scratch up your boards.
Based on the WS2812, the LilyPad Pixel is an RGB LED board that you can daisy-chain. No longer do you have to worry about running out of pins on your LilyPad! Each individual Pixel can be addressed, so you can use them to create some pretty cool wearable projects.
If you haven’t needed a logic level converter, you will soon. Unfortunately, not everything talks at the same logic level and a logic level converter is an easy way to translate between various voltage levels. We have a new revision of our logic level converter which works better with 3.3V translation. We even have a tutorial that explains how they work and how to use them. We have the old version on sale, while supplies last.
Lastly, we have a new revision of the Copernicus II DIP Module. The new version fixes some silkscreen and adds a jumper between the VCC and XSTBY pins. The breakout is an easy way to use the Copernicus II module from Trimble. Just give t some power, add an antenna, and you can know where you are. We have the old version on sale while they last.
We hoped you enjoyed this week’s edition of Friday New Products and we’ll be back next week with more! Cheers!