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New Product Friday: Tank You Very Much!

Prepare yourself, we have a bunch of new products this week. And a tank. Check it out.

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It’s a big week for new products. We have a cool demo of a new robot chassis from Dagu, as well as some other neat products. We’re also taking pre-orders for the MicroView this week!

Nothing brings people out of their offices like the sound of a tank driving around the office. You can definitely hear it driving around pretty much anywhere in the building. Make a note, the T'Rex isn’t good at sneaking up on people.

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Need a tank? Who doesn’t? The T'Rex tank platform is great for those all-terrain projects where you need something rugged. It uses all-metal gears, metal treads, and a spacious cavity for all your electronics. Pair it with the T'Rex controller and you’re all set. Check out the video above for a demonstration.

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We have the RedBot kits back in stock! The kits use the new version of the mainboard as well as the new accelerometer. They also have a new upgraded motor which has dual output shafts, making it compatible with the Dagu wheel encoder kit. Want to see what the RedBot can do? Check out this video.

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The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino-compatible module that lets you see what your Arduino is thinking using a built-in OLED display. It was a wildly successful Kickstarter done by Geek Ammo. We have the privilege of building them for the Kickstarter campaign, and will continue to manufacture and sell them after the Kickstarter units are fulfilled. It’s a really cool little module, you should check out the video about what it can do. Be sure to grab one of the programmers as well.

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These RF extension cables are useful when you need to enclosure your electronics, but need an external antenna. Mount one end of these cables on the outside of your case, and attach the other end to your device. They are 25cm long, and we have them in RPSMA female to RPSMA male as well as SMA female to SMA male. Are you a bit confused about SMA and RPSMA? Check out our RF connector buying guide.

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This week we have a few new headers. The first couple work well with a Beaglebone Black. We have a 2x23-pin stackable female header as well as the mating 2x23-pin male header. We also have a right-angle 2x40-pin breakaway header that can be easily snapped to whatever size you need.

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We have a new revision of the SN74HC165 shift-in breakout. Shift registers are cool little devices that let you increase the number of pins on your microcontroller. We have a simple video that explains how they work. This revision fixes a few minor silkscreen issues with the last version.

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MOSFETS are great for switching higher power and current with a microcontroller, but not all of them work well with 3.3V signals. We have a new P-channel MOSFET this week that DOES work well with 3.3V microcontroller signals. The NDP6020P is a very common MOSFET with very low on-resistance and a control voltage (aka gate voltage) that is compatible with most 5V and 3.3v microcontroller or mechanical switches.

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Lastly, we found some of these relays while cleaning out some inventory. They are sealed SPST 30A relays. We have a limited number of them and they are on sale. Get them while they last!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week. If there isn’t something you’re interested in this week, I’m not sure what I can do for you. Thanks for watching and reading. As long as a comet doesn’t collide with the Earth in a week, we’ll be back again next Friday with more new products. See you then!


Comments 14 comments

  • I’m interested in the Microview but currently, your Microview product page states that you have 0 in stock, that you are currently planning to build zero of them and that you have no information about when they might be available again. Sorry, but based upon the information available at this time, I have budgeted 0 dollars toward their purchase. This is unfortunate as they look very interesting. Please consider featuring this product again when it is available under something other than your 0/0/none plan.

    • Hi, if you notice, the product page also mentions that these are currently only available for preorder and we expect to start shipping them in October. Feel free to place a preorder (you won’t be charged until they ship) or just check back in October and they should be available.

      • Yep, Michelle is correct, these are for pre-order with an estimated delivery date of October. The real reason we’re doing this is because now that the Kickstarter is over, there’s no way to reserve units that will be built after the kickstarter fulfillment.

  • Ahh! My Other Eye!

    What happened to his first eye.

    Soldering accident?

  • Do the SMA and RP-SMA extension cables come with the washers and nut for panel mounting?

  • Thanks for another fun New Product post! Man, that chassis looks pretty solid. I’d love to see it run through some mud with those metal tracks!

  • I’m starting to worry where Robert’s beard is heading

    But seriously rob, your beard is starting to scare me away from watching Friday New Product videos…

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