New Product Friday: Sick, Yo!

We have a new inventor's kit, some audio products, and other great stuff.

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Friday is all about new products here at SparkFun. This week is no exception. We have a pretty wide selection this week as well as another Robotics 101 video. First, here are the products.



Can anyone guess the song that was playing on the Gram Piano? It really brings back some old memories.



We only have one more Robotics 101 video. The last one will be part 2 of the tool video. We realized we glossed over the tools a bit and we're adding an additional video for what was missed. Check back for the last video!

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The SparkFun Inventors Kit for Arduino has been a popular product here. It's a great way to learn Arduino, but what about other platforms? This week, we announce the SIKIO, the SparkFun Inventors Kit for IOIO. This kit is similar to the traditional SIK, but uses the IOIO-OTG instead of the Arduino platform. This kit will teach you how to integrate hardware with your Android device with 8 simple circuits. All the hardware, software, and instructions are included to guide you along your journey.

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The Gram Piano is a through-hole soldering kit that transforms from a pile of hardware into a tiny piano. It uses a pre-programmed ATmega328 and 13 capacitive touch pads. There's even a potentiometer for octave control. The kit is great for teaching introduction to soldering, code, and capacitive touch.

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The Teensy Audio Board attaches to the Teensy 3.1 and gives it the ability to play and manipulate WAV files as well as raw audio. It has a headphone output, line in, line out, and a microSD card. You can even do real-time spectrum analysis!

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Speaking of electronics and audio, we have a new book that incorporates both. Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making - as well as creatively cannibalizing - electronic circuits for artistic purposes.

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A few weeks ago we released the BC127 boards, both the breakout and the Purpletooth Jamboree but we didn't have the bare module for sale. For the adventurous, we now have the bare module for you to play with. It's in our Eagle library, and of course you can check out the design files for either of our boards to give you a head start.

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I'm still surprised when someone suggest we carry something that is so obvious, I'm amazed we don't already carry it. These 2x3 male headers are as the ISP header on several boards. Since our RedBoard doesn't come with them populated, we should be selling them separately. Before today, we didn't. Silly us. Now we have them so you can use shields that rely on that header on our RedBoard.

Well, that's all I have for this week. Of course we'll be back again next week for you to get your fix on new products. See you then!

Comments 21 comments

  • GreenLite / about 10 years ago / 4

    Sweet! A child of mine would love that!

  • Ikari / about 10 years ago / 1

    Robotics 101 is great! What's next 101 series?

  • AgustinGS / about 10 years ago / 1

    Awesome! you're carrying the BC127 bare module! Thanks SparkFun!!

  • VBarbosa / about 10 years ago / 1

    OMG that zoom in… My eyes hurt

  • Farad24 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Wow, I've really seen improvement in Casey over the 'Robotics 101' series! Keep up the good work, Casey! Love it!

    • Ted M / about 10 years ago / 1

      Yeah, Casey is doing a great job! I particularly got a lot out of this week's discussion of PID controllers, but that may be because I'm currently working on an PID on a 8 bit microcontroller, using integer math. I still can't figure out how to tune the bugger, other than twisting the 'knobs' back and forth until it starts to work. And contrary to all advice, I find that the derivative knob is very effective. I don't know?

  • KM4HPK / about 10 years ago / 1

    Sweet child of mine... I am only 19 years old and I am sick of the crap (rap). It is just not creative (same 5 words and annoying noise that does not help in the back ground (among other things). I like: Boston, Queen, Journey, Kansas, Credence Clear Water Revival, Eagles, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bon Jovi, Asia, and soundtracks/scores to movies and games. I am expanding my horizon to the bright 70s and 80s.


    "All I want is to have is my peace of mind."

    Oh and Country is sad crap. GET OVER IT! BAD THINGS HAPPEN. (Taylor Swift you too. Your track record for relationships suck.)

    • Well... that was trollful.

      I agree with you about Queen, though, solid. I'm usually surprised if someone doesn't like Queen. Give rap and hip-hop a chance sometime, you'll be shocked at the depth and breadth of the genre.

      • KM4HPK / about 10 years ago / 1

        I was not meaning to troll

      • KM4HPK / about 10 years ago / 1

        What I hear of rap is what is in my dorm (e.g. sex, drugs, money, cussing every other word, et cetera)

    • Oh and Country is sad crap.

      I may have some unsettling news for you about the home genre of the Eagles and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

      • KM4HPK / about 10 years ago / 1

        Then why have I not heard a song that basically says, "My wife left me. She took all my money, along with my house. My dog got hit by a 18 wheeler chasing a cat. The cat is dead, too. My truck got repo'ed. Et cetera."

        Just wondering.

  • Robban / about 10 years ago / 1

    Are you trying to make me feel old by saying that Robert? On a friday no less. You're mean.

    Also, that intro always reminds me of the music in Metroid for the NES. Man, NES music was the best.

    • CowboyBob / about 10 years ago / 1

      If you want to hear an "old" version then check this out!

    • Erik-Sparkfun / about 10 years ago / 1

      Not to brag, but we have an NES set up in IT, and we do have Metroid.

      Sometimes I wish my dear mother hadn't donated my own copy to Gengåvan.

    • Hey, I have fond memories of that song too. I have no business calling anyone old.

  • TeenageEngineer / about 10 years ago / 1

    She's got a smile that it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories

    • PopeDarren / about 10 years ago / 1

      When everything was as fresh as a bright blue sky? Now and then when I see her face...

      Weird, Robban, I was thinking of Link.

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