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Our last Friday post before our big Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals serves up plenty of great gift ideas for the holidays!
Well hello there, everyone! We are fresh off the release of our new SIK v4.0 last week, but we saved a ton of new "big ticket" products for this week to prepare you for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Today we are happy to bring you a massive DIY kit that turns your Scanse Sweep 2D scanner into a 3D scanner (make sure to read the product page thoroughly, as there are a few important pieces of information there), a more economical version of the new uArm, a shield that adds an IMU and motion-sensing capabilities to your ESP32 Thing, a rainbow of Fairy Lights, and a pre-order for the IBM TJBot now available to the general public! Alright, it's a big week and we don't want to waste any more time teasing you with all these new products, so let's jump in and take a closer look!
The Scanse Sweep 3D Scanner Kit is an advanced 60-piece DIY kit that gives you everything you need to assemble a 3D scanner using your Scanse Sweep LIDAR sensor (NOT INCLUDED). Outdoor 3D scanning has been around for decades, but has traditionally been much too expensive for home use. This kit aims to put this powerful technology into the hands of makers who want to develop and experiment with applications for long-range 3D scanning. The only tools you will need are a soldering iron, wire stripper, small Phillips-head screwdriver and 2.5mm ball-end hex key.
Please make sure you read the description on the product page all the way to the end, as there are quite a few things to know before you purchase this kit!
The uArm Swift is a high-grade desktop robotic assistant that can be utilized in many more applications than its predecessors, the uArm Basic and the uArm Metal. Built around an Arduino Mega 2560, the uArm Swift is an open source, DIY-friendly robotic arm platform developed for makers and educational purposes. This little bot is extremely easy to use; almost anyone can learn how to play with it in a few minutes. The uArm supports visual programming as well as Arduino, Python, GrabCAD and ROS, providing plenty of options for a wide range of users. Unleash the maker inside and get uArm to make your ideas happen!
The uArm Swift has a repeatability of 5mm with a maximum payload of 500g and is one of the most affordable open source robotic arms on the market. If you are looking for a more precise version of the uArm Swift, check out the uArm Swift Pro.
The SparkFun ESP32 Thing Motion Shield is a versatile, motion-sensing addition to our ESP32 Thing. With the Motion Shield's onboard LSM9DS1 IMU, small movement changes can easily be detected, while larger movements and time traveled can be detected with the addition of a GPS module via a large JST port. In addition, we have added breakout pins to attach any serial device, as well as a microSD card slot to log all of your data. All you need to do is solder on headers, and your ESP32 Thing Motion Shield will be ready to detect any type of movement!
Affectionately dubbed "Fairy Lights" for their similar appearance, these LED string lights are a great way to light up any project with no soldering required. The insulated strings come in 2.5m lengths with one LED every 10cm for a total of 25 LEDs. Unlike previous iterations, these LED strings come with a pre-attached battery pack with a power switch and two CR2032 batteries already installed.
When the IBM TJBot originally went live, it was only available to certain individuals, with limited stock and for a short time. Now this cute little robot kit is available for pre-order to anyone who wants one! We plan to have the TJBot built up and available to ship by mid-December, just in time for the holidays.
That's it for today, everyone. There are a lot of new goodies to check out and play with or to pick up for great gifts! As always, we can't wait to see what you make with these parts! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!
Thanks for stopping by. We'll be taking a break next week due to Black Friday and will be back in two weeks with even more new products. Be sure to check our website next Friday to see our fantastic sales! We are pretty confident you'll like what we have to offer!