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New Product Friday: Drop it Like it's Hot

This week, we release the Photon SIK and the FLiR gets a price drop!

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Before we get into the new products and the videos, I'd like to address the title of this post. Every week, a few of us get together and decide on the title. Some are better than others, but puns are almost always involved. This week's punny title comes courtesy of Adam in Marketing. I mention this because he is very proud of the rare double-pun that is presented before you. Enjoy it, and congratulate Adam on his fine punning abilities. Let's talk products.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Photon

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The Photo SIK is here! It's been available for pre-order for a little while now, but today it starts shipping. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Photon is a great way to get started in the fresh IoT world and WiFi development. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for Photon provides you not only with the Photon RedBoard but everything you need to hook up and experiment with multiple electronic circuits! With the Photon SIK you will be able to complete circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, drive motors, and more.

Nick decided to put together a project using some Photon stuff, check it out:

Classic Nick.

FLiR Dev Kit

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The FLiR isn't technically a new product, but it did get a nice price drop this week, so it's worth talking about. It's now $260 for the module and the breakout. With this kit you will be able to be able to bring FLiR’s thermal imaging reliability and power to your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or any ARM based development tool all in an easy to access breadboard friendly package. All you need to do to get this kit set up, simply attach the Lepton® imager module into the provided breakout, connect the headers, and you will be seeing in full darkness in no time! Want to see how it works? Check out this demo video:

This concludes the Friday New Product Post. See you next week!

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  • Is this at all related to your Quantified Living: Fight of Flight project? As someone who lives with general panic disorder myself, I'm always thinking about projects like that and was curious if the skin temperature data, at least, might be useful in recognizing symptoms. Either way, cool project, the leather work looks great!

  • Hmm... I hadn't thought about doing "wearables" in leather. It's been a while since I've done much leather work, but I think I still have at least my "most recent" set of tools (from earlier this millennium). (I first did leather work back in the late 1960s.)

    • It's a good material for this kind of work because: A) It doesn't have a tendency to fold over on itself and wrinkle, potentially shorting your circuits and B) You're forced to think ahead of time about the layout of your circuit which usually results in less crossing the streams.

      • I agree that it could be a really good material. I guess I'm just saying "why didn't I think of that?"

        My current wearable project is a "Flashy Santa Hat" -- unfortunately, leather isn't exactly ideal for that. I'm going to have to use more traditional wiring techniques, as conductive thread would mean too many shorts. I'll be using COM-12986 Addressable LEDs (already have them, so don't have to wait for the backorder to clear). I'm debating on wirewrapping or maybe hacking up some sort of crimp-on connections. (I've done both in the past -- I wirewrapped a whole computer back in the 70s.) Not really fond of the idea of soldering with a polyester hat...

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