Planes, magical wire, and plenty of revisions. That’s what’s in store for this week at SparkFun. Check out the video, check out those words I wrote, and enjoy.
The muscle wire really does look pretty cool when you play with it. I couldn’t readily think of a use for it, but I’m sure you guys (and gals) will come up with something pretty cool.
If you need a tiny servo, we’ve got just the thing for you! The HS-35HD servo from Hitec is an ultra-nano that’s about the size of a nickel. It’s great for those applications where weight and size are an issue. It’s even see-through so you got something to look at when you’re bored.
Shape memory alloy is what they call it, but I’m just going to say it’s magic. Magic exists, and in the form of thin metal wire that remembers its shape. Muscle wire is a titanium and nickel alloy that returns to a preset shape when heat or power is applied. It essentially ‘remembers’ the shape it was in when it was last heated. It’s not only fun to play with, but makes for very small actuators. We carry it in two thicknesses, 0.005" and 0.012" in 1 foot sections. Check the video above for a demonstration.
We have the RedBot Kit back in stock. It’s the same kit as before, but with the new version of the RedBot Mainboard, which fixed a silkscreen issue. Next week we will have a new sensor coming out, so be sure to check back then. If you think it looks cool, but don’t know what it is, check out this video.
Another revision we have this week is the TMP102 digital temperature sensor breakout. The new version adds a solder jumper for ADD0, which stops some naughty behavior from happening.
We have a couple new light bars this week. They are replacing the older ones we have (the old ones are on sale). The new light bars are sealed and embedded in a plastic housing. They’re pretty simple to hook up, just give them power and stick them on something. You can easily daisy-chain them together too.
Lastly, we have a few more of the new version of the mini breadboards. Last week I talked about how we’re getting a slightly different version, and this week we have the white, green, and red in as well as the black we had last week. Please note, the old ones won’t work with the new ones, and vice-versa.
Well, that’s it for this week. Of course we’ll be back next week with more new products, so be sure to check back. And if you want more videos, check the top of the page for the new videos link! Thanks for reading and see you next week.