New Product Friday: What are Your Digits?

Introducing the Large Digit Driver, the new Electric Imp Breakout, a new version of the MP3 Player Shield and more!

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Welcome back! This week we not only have the usual assortment of new products, but we have a product demo from the one, the only, Nathan! That's right, the queso grande made a thing and wanted to tell you all about it. But first, my beard.

SparkFun Large Digit Driver

SparkFun Large Digit Driver


The SparkFun Large Digit Driver is a chainable controller backpack that can be soldered directly to the back of our large 6.5" 7-segment displays. Large numerical displays are a great addition to any project where you want to be able to see information at a distance. The board makes it simple to use these displays, since you only need 3 pins to drive them, and you can chain a bunch together. Let's see what Nathan has to say about them.

SparkFun Electric Imp imp002 Breakout

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If you aren’t familiar with the Electric Imp, it essentially provides an easy, integrated way to connect almost any hardware device both to other devices and to Internet services. The SparkFun Electric Imp imp002 Breakout allows you to explore the capabilities of the Imp by providing standard 0.1" headers to solder to as well as the necessary CryptAuthEE IC to identify your prototype to the Imp Cloud service! This is a all-in-one solution to using the Electric Imp.

SparkFun MP3 Player Shield

SparkFun MP3 Player Shield


This week we have a new version of the classic SparkFun MP3 Player Shield. It adds a DC blocking protection circuit on the output, making it friendlier with a wider range amplifiers and audio devices. The SparkFun MP3 Player Shield is an awesome MP3 decoder with the capabilities of storing music files onto a run-of-the-mill microSD card, thus giving you the ability to add music or sound effects to any project. With this board you can pull MP3 files from an microSD card and play them using only one shield, effectively turning any Arduino into a fully functional stand-alone MP3 player!

SparkFun RGB LED Breakout - WS2812B

SparkFun RGB LED Breakout - WS2812B


This is a breakout board for the WS2812B RGB LED. The WS2812B is actually an RGB LED with a WS2811 built right into the LED! All the necessary pins are broken out to 0.1" spaced headers for easy bread-boarding. Several of these breakouts can even be chained together to form a display or an addressable string. Check out the hookup guide to learn more!

SMD LED - RGB WS2812B (Strip of 10)

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If you just want the WS2812B IC without the board, we sell them in strips of 10. They work the same way, you'll just need to use your own PCB.

Timing Pulley - Shaft Mount (15T; 0.25" Bore)


Need a timing pulley? this 15T timing pulley has a 0.25" bore and works with XL timing belts. These are great for your next project that needs a 15T timing belt with a 0.25" bore.

That's it for this week! Hope you enjoyed this edition of the FNPP and we'll be back next week with more!

Comments 8 comments

  • Mister Chris / about 8 years ago / 1

    Awesome project Nathan! Is there any chance of someone making a thorough guide for this or the custom Lidar board being made available for purchase?

    • kirby g / about 8 years ago / 1

      There is kind of a guide here. Watch video closely and follow example code to figure out how to wire it up. Id try but do not have any of these parts.

  • LEDLightingandArt / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dang, I could only get to 12 during the AVC. I should have gotten a bigger running start.

  • scharkalvin / about 8 years ago / 1

    I didn't see any tire tracks on the wall, but I'm sure SOMEONE is going to try using a bicycle on that speed trap!

    • Erik-Sparkfun / about 8 years ago / 1

      I think Nate's motorcycle fits in the elevator.

  • scharkalvin / about 8 years ago / 1

    6MM != 0.25" You've used both to describe the bore of the pulley in the parts description. So which is it? I actually have some NEMA-23 motors that have a 1/4" dia shaft, so these might be useful.

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