The new pi-topCEED, APA102 LED Strips and a 48-Segment LED Bar Graph. DANGER ZONE!
To be honest, the word play was too good to resist on today's product post. Hello, everyone, and welcome to a new Friday Product Post. We have another big week for you today! The new pi-topCEED is now available, as well as two APA102 LED strips and a beefy 48-Segment LED bar graph. Enough dawdling; let's take a look at what we have!
The pi-topCEED is a DIY desktop computer that helps you start learning how to code, create awesome devices and take your knowledge to the next level. This Raspberry Pi-powered computer is an excellent resource to any budding hobbyist, student or intrigued user wanting to learn more about the capabilities of the credit card-sized development board. The only things this kit doesn't include are its own Raspberry Pi, keyboard, mouse and speakers; you'll need to supply those on your own. We purposefully chose the pi-topCEED without its own RPi due to the fact that most of you already own your own board and may not want to use a different or more expensive one.
Green not your color? No worries! If you are looking to get a new pi-topCEED, we also offer it in gray! This Raspberry Pi-powered desktop computer is identical in every way to its sibling above, apart from the color.
Remember neither pi-topCEED comes with a Raspberry Pi. If you need one, be sure to pick one up here!
These are addressable 1-meter-long 5V RGB LED strips that come packed with 60 APA102Cs. APA102 LEDs are very similar to WS2812s with a few caveats: APA102s can be controlled with a standard SPI interface, and they have an extremely high PWM frequency. There is access to each APA102 LED, and each strip length can be easily modified. You will be able to control each LED RGB individually, giving you the ability to create cool lighting effects for your car or perhaps under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen!
Need something a bit longer? These 5-meter-long RGB APA102 strips offer more LEDs, light and options than the 1-meter option. No worries; the length difference won't affect any functionality.
Rounding out the pack today is this 48-Segment LED Bar Graph. This bar graph is perfect for projects requiring display meters with higher accuracy for reading a power charge, volume peak or signal strength. It should be mentioned that this board does not have a very compact footprint, so be sure to prepare to use a bit of space.
That's it for this week, folks. We hope these new products provide you with plenty of great ideas for new projects. We'll be back next week with another big post, so be sure to come on back. See you next Friday!