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Products, demos, and a new Robotics 101 video.
Hello and welcome to another Friday New Product Post, where we talk about the new products we have for this week. We have two videos this week, one for new products, and another episode of Robotics 101. Be sure to watch both, multiple times.
We were playing with the speaker and amplifier a bit more (off camera) and found that although the amplifier can drive a normal speaker (albeit not enough power to produce much volume), the speaker driver couldn’t be adequately driven by a normal amplifier. So, it would be best to use them together for your application, as they do not work ideally on their own.
In the next Robotics 101 video we will talk about the tools you need to start building. As always, we’re just here to give a brief overview and give you just enough information so you can start asking the right questions.
We have a new flexible speaker and amplifier combo for sale this week. The speaker panel is roughly 2" x 1" (or 50mm x 25mm for the rest of the world) and comes with a mating amplifier. The transducer itself can be bent, folded and made to conform to your application while still playing sound! The amplifier puts out about 2 watts, which is enough to drive the speaker to around 85 dB at peak levels.
We have a new version of the Hack Pack. This kit is a collection of tools and materials for hackerspaces, classrooms, or anyone that needs a “hacker kit in a box.” The new version no longer includes flux pens, which cause shipping restrictions. Now we can ship these anywhere! If you want to see what’s inside each pack, check this video which was shot with the older pack. Everything is included except for the flux pens.
A new version of the Bluetooth Mate Silver arrives this week. The new version uses the most updated v6.15 firmware. They operate the same way, but the new firmware has some minor changes and nuances.
Need an SMD barrel jack? We’ve got you covered. This is the same SMD barrel jack we use on a ton of boards. A few people requested we carry it, so here you go! The footprint for this is found in the SFE Eagle Library as well.
Lastly, we have a new revision of the Sparkle Kit. Sparkle is Aniomagic’s avant-garde way to make interactive textiles, paper, ceramics, and environments. This kit uses adhesive pads to hold the coin cell battery instead of a traditional battery holder. It makes everything integrate better into textiles, and not stick out so much.
That’s all I’ve got for this week. Be sure to check back next week, we have a few things that didn’t quite make it in time for today, so we’re sure to have even more new stuff next week. Thanks for watching and reading!