Prepare yourself, we have a lot of new products this week! Tools, cables, sensors; there should be a little something for everyone.
Just a side note, I’ve tested the HDMI to VGA adapter on my Kindle Fire and it worked like a charm. So, if you have a tablet that you want to use on something that doesn’t have HDMI, the adapters are good for that too.
The H2OhNo! is a simple water alarm kit. But it’s much more! At the heart of the kit is an ATTiny85, which can be reprogrammed for other uses. Check out the hookup guide for instructions on how to assemble the kit, reprogram it, and even some good information about running the ATTiny85 in low-power mode. Even if you don’t need a water sensor, it’s worth checking out.
Need to tweeze some stuff? Check out our new cross-lock tweezers. We have them in two varieties this week, straight and curved. They work great for SMD rework and have an ESD coating so you don’t zap your chips.
I think it’s safe to say that single board computers like the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, and pcDuino are pretty popular. However, they all have an HDMI video output. So what are you supposed to do if you don’t have an HDMI capable display? You could curl up into a ball and cry in the corner, but that wouldn’t be very productive. We suggest you check out the HDMI to VGA adapter, or the HDMI to DVI cable. They should allow you to use just about any display you want. Keep in mind the cables have a standard HDMI on one end, so you still might need an adapter if you need to go to a micro-HDMI or mini-HDMI port.
We are now carrying the Beaglebone Black. The BeagleBone Black is a low-cost credit-card-sized development platform with good support from a fast-growing community. The Beaglebone Black differs slightly from the regular version by providing you with an onboard micro HDMI port, 512MB of DDR3L DRAM, 2GB on board flash memory, an AM3359 processor at 1GHz, and removing the onboard JTAG. It’s a pretty powerful little board.
Just exactly how humid is it right now? I bet you don’t know. If you had this breakout board, you would know. The HTU21D is a low-cost, easy to use, highly accurate, digital humidity and temperature sensor. All you need is two lines for I2C communication and you’ll have relative humidity readings and very accurate temperature readings as a bonus!
Speaking of sensors, what if you need to detect current? The INA169 is a high-side current monitor which allows you to detect current up to around 5A from DC voltage up to around 60V! It’s small, elegant, and even has a footprint for a power resistor so you can set your current range.
We have the Deluxe Tool Kit back in stock this week. Due to shipping restrictions, we can no longer ship these kits with the flux pens, so this new version doesn’t have flux pens, but does have safety glasses. It has (nearly) all the tools you need to get started.
As with the header above, some people were asking for us to carry this SMD audio jack separately. It’s a 3.5mm TRRS SMD jack, perfect for applications where you need that extra pin for control or a microphone.
We have a few leftover Propeller P8X32A chips from the CMUcam V4. They are pretty amazing little chips. They can be used for just about anything. They even run 8 32-bit cores for performing simultaneous tasks independently or cooperatively. Check them out!
Lastly, we are selling replacement cables for the PicoBoard. These 8" cables have alligator clips on one side and a 2.5mm mono audio jack on the other. You can use them with your PicoBoard, or figure out something else to use them for!
Well, there you have it, another Friday New Product Post. Thanks for reading, watching, and being here for us. See you next week, we’ll have even more new stuff.