SparkFun will be closed May 25, 2015 for Memorial Day. Orders placed after 2pm on Friday the 22nd will ship out on Tuesday. Thanks!
This week we have yet another music making kit, a logging board, and power. Check it out.
We’re back, and we’ve got new products. Before we get started with the video and products, I want to thank all the contestants and spectators for showing up to AVC last weekend. It was a great event and we couldn’t have done it without all of you. Well, we could have, but it would have been pretty lame. Thanks again. Now, moving on to the new stuff.
Be sure to check out this video for a good demo of what the Bleep Drum can do.
The Bleep Drum Kit with MIDI is an Arduino based, lo-fi drum machine designed by Dr. Bleep of Bleep Labs. This easy through-hole soldering kit turns into a super addictive noise-maker that’s sure to keep you entertained for irresponsible lengths of time. This version of the Bleep Drum Kit actually comes equipped with a MIDI input that allows you to trigger the four samples, toggle noises and more.
This week we have a new revision of an old classic. The Logomatic gets an update and now supports FAT32 microSD cards. This means you don’t have to search around for 1GB or 2GB cards, you can use whatever size you want. For those of you not familiar with the Logomatic, it’s an easy to use data logger. You can log serial or analog directly to an SD card. It even has a connector for a battery and an on-board charger as well.
If you want to start playing around with microcontrollers but don’t want to dive right into programming, you might want to take a look at the PicoBoard. It works with Scratch, which is a visual programming language. The PicoBoard incorporates a light sensor, sound sensor, a button and a slider, as well as four additional inputs that can sense electrical resistance via included cables.
Every project requires power. Some of them you will plug into the wall, but a lot of them will need batteries. We now have 18650 batteries for sale. These are round and a bit bigger than a AA cell. They are lithium polymers, which makes them compatible with all of our other single cell chargers. Their large capacity (2600mAh) and size make them pretty ideal for applications where a pair of AAs isn’t enough.
Of course you’re going to need a battery holder for those 18650s! We have a single and a double for you. They’re typical spring-loaded plastic holders with a hole in the bottom for mounting. I’ve found that using double-sided tape works well for securing them too.
That is all for this week. Thanks for reading and we’ll be back again next week with more new stuff, I promise. See you then.