It is that time again! SparkFun Electronics will be closed Friday, January 13th for our annual inventory day. Please keep in mind that any orders placed after 2PM (Mountain Time) on Thursday, January 12th will not ship or be prepared for local pickup until we open for normal operations on Monday, January 16th. In addition, tours will resume on Friday, January 20th. Thank you for your patience!
New MP3 belt buckle tutorial and a handful of new products covering Uzebox open source game console, Arduino compatible Funnel I/O, Port-o-Rotary Blue (with Bluetooth? connection!), function generator and counter kits, and the new Arduino Ethernet Shield.
Sean wrote in about his UAV helicopter. The Wash UAV uses an Arduino Mini, Maxbotix ultrasonic sensors, and a HMC6352 compass module. It looks like they're very close to full autonomy! Checkout the 'New Platform' video. I wouldn't want to code next to that thing while it's running!
Ryan has completed his tutorial on the MP3 Belt Buckle. This music player was created to demonstrate how to combine a handful of technologies, and make them fit into a tight space. We demoed the buckle at Maker Faire Austin (TEXAS). When in Rome...
We've released the next version of the Portable Rotary Phone. The BlueRotary now works with Bluetooth? enabled phones! If you've got an iPhone or Blackberry in your pocket, you could be walking around with this fine looking extension. Place calls using the rotary dial and talk over the giant handset � even the original bells ring when the phone in your pocket receives a call! The BlueRotary couples to your existing phone over the 'Hands-free' Bluetooth? protocol.
FIO is a new addition to the Arduino compatible lineup. Funnel IO has a batch of built-in features including LiPo charging, Arduino LilyPad bootloader, breadboard spacing, XBee wireless, and wireless reprogramability. We had stock - we swear! It just sold out before we could get all the new products on the home page. (It's the sneaky users that are watching our New Products feed) We're building more FIOs in the next few days. Please back order as many as you need and we'll get them out quickly.
You've got to checkout this open source gaming console called Uzebox. It's amazing how a huge pile of 7400 series logic chips can be boiled down to an AVR and a video encoder:
Look at all that! How did they ever get those things to work?! The Uzebox is a very simple system that has a handful of games already developed for it. Clay Cowgill designed this hillarious game called 'ESD Attack':