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This week we have a new educational board and a high-powered relay. Check it out.
We’ve got a few new things this week for you. We even have a zany new demo for one of our products, be sure to check out the video for this week.
The Digital Sandbox fills in the gap between knowing absolutely nothing about programming and being comfortable with the Arduino IDE. Everyone has to start somewhere right? Don’t let programming get in the way of your embedded hardware projects!
Like I said above, the Digital Sandbox aims to lessen the learning curve with programming. With a kit like the SIK, you are introduced to not only programming, but also circuits and basic electronics prototyping. Sometimes the combination of both concept to beginners can be a bit daunting. With the Digital Sandbox, the hardware is already connected properly, so all you need to worry about is the programming aspect. You can even use Ardublocks, which is a graphical drag-and-drop interface. The included manual walks you through 13 circuits, each using a different aspect of the hardware included on the board.
Want a little bit more from the Digital Sandbox? The Digital Sandbox Add-On Kit adds 3 additional circuits so you can learn how to interface with motors and a buzzer. The circuits are included in the manual and this kit provides the additional hardware needed for the experiments.
If you need to control high current AC voltage, you might want to check out this solid state relay. Just apply a DC signal to one side, and the other side switches on. You can use anywhere from 3 to 32VDC, and the relay only uses 7.5mA worth of current to switch, so you can drive it directly from a microcontroller. The relay can handle 40A worth of current.
We have some new microswitches this week. These switches are now sold in 2 packs. They have offset levers and are small enough to use in a lot of different applications. These work well for limit switches or homing switches for automation equipment. They also have mounts that allow them to be integrated easily into the Actobotics products.
That’s all I have for this week, thanks for watching! We’ll be back again next week, as always, with even more new products, see you then!