New Product Friday: Switching it Up

A new multimeter, revision of the EasyVR Shield, a breakout for the rotary switch, and a magjack. Check out what's new this week.

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Welcome back loyal fans. Not only do we have some new products, but we also have some videos for you. Enjoy.

Be sure to check out the multimeter written tutorial if you need to know more about multimeters.

USB Digital Multimeter - Auto-Ranging (RS232 Output)

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If you're gonna be tinkering around with electronics, chances are you're going to need a multimeter. Our basic multimeter is great for most beginners, but if you need more advanced options, you might want to check out the auto-ranging multimeter. In addition to being an auto-ranging meter, it also adds a temperature probe, a hold button, min/max, capacitance, and more. You can even connect it to your computer and log data with the software.

EasyVR Shield 3.0 - Voice Recognition Shield

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Usually when you talk to electronics, you don't expect them to respond in any meaningful way, but with the EasyVR Shield, they can do exactly that. EasyVR 3.0 is a multi-purpose speech recognition module designed to add versatile, robust and cost effective speech and voice recognition capabilities to virtually any application. EasyVR is the third generation version of the successful VRbot module and builds on the features and functionality of its predecessor.

SparkFun Rotary Switch Potentiometer Breakout

SparkFun Rotary Switch Potentiometer Breakout


The rotary switch potentiometer breakout is a small board the allows you to add resistors to a 10-position rotary switch, turning it into a potentiometer with 10 discrete steps. Multiple applications require potentiometers that are hard to find due to specific resistance values or custom tapers, the rotary switch potentiometer board allows you to populate your own resistors to help match situations where ordinary parts aren’t available or suitable.

RJ45 PoE MagJack


Lastly, we have a RJ45 MagJack. This one has the PoE (power over Ethernet) pins, so you can use your network to power your device. Inside each RJ45 are a number of transformers and magnetics required for isolating Ethernet signals. There are even some LEDs poking out the end.

That's all I have for this week. Thanks for reading, watching and all that good stuff. See you next week with even more new products and videos.

Comments 12 comments

  • AdamTolley / about 9 years ago / 5

    Man, what is up with that last LED, might as well name it moon moon.

  • The Chad / about 9 years ago / 3

    Good to have you back, Rob. I think you missed an opportunity to throw in a joke about the DMM being blue and not Yellow™

  • Crawdad / about 9 years ago / 3

    I'm not ashamed to say I wept when I saw Robert's friendly beard again!

  • l0gikG8 / about 9 years ago / 2

    Two thumbs up for Classic New Product Posts


  • Gizmoguy / about 9 years ago / 2

    There was something satisfying about seeing Rob back in the product post. :) It is the classic Sparkfun feel.

  • LightManCA / about 9 years ago / 1

    We're sorry. A black/blue bezel multimeter is a trademark of MegaCorp. May we suggest color "pukey green", or "flourescent purple" as alternative colors.

  • alohawild / about 9 years ago / 1

    Welcome back!

  • pyrofx / about 9 years ago / 1

    Ahhh, the glorious beard is back. Thanks Rob. I know you're busy but it was appreciated.

  • Yey! Rob is back, and the last sign LED still misfires. All is well with the world! (Dont you dare fix the LED, its become classic now.) And thank you for all the new products, which is after all, the focus here.

  • Glad to see a good old Friday new product post are back. I have to ask you have that TV screen in the corner always showing metered graphs. What do they represent and what do they measure?

  • Awww, you guys are too kind.

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