Friday Product Post: Conduct Yourselves Accordingly

A new all-in-one kit from Bare Conductive, TJBot now available, and new ceramic hobby knives!

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Hello there, everyone! Today we have a unique collection of new products, including a new Bare Conductive kit that includes everything you need to get started with conductive paint, the official release of the IBM TJBot and a hobby knife with a ceramic blade. Without further delay, let's take a closer look at all of the goodies we have in store for you today.

A kit perfect for the painting and electronics enthusiast!

Bare Conductive Touch Board Pro Kit

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No longer do you need to worry about what supplies to purchase to prepare for your next electric paint project. The Touch Board Pro Kit from Bare Conductive includes the tools you need to prototype and make everything from interactive wallpaper and talking murals to innovative musical instruments.

With the included Touch Board Proto Shield you will be able to test more circuit ideas and connection options. The pre-printed electric paint sensors help you immediately start testing your electric paint circuits. Additionally, with the in-depth resource guide you will be able to learn new tips, tricks and techniques for designing your projects.

A Bot above the rest!

IBM TJBot, a Watson Maker Kit


Have some fun coding your very own AI robot with TJBot, a do-it-yourself template to learn, experiment with and explore AI with IBM Watson. The project consists of open source step-by-step recipes, or coding instructions, designed for a Raspberry Pi to help you connect your TJBot to Watson developer services.

Born at IBM Research as an experiment to develop best practices in the design and implementation of AI and cognitive objects, TJBot is an example of "embodied cognition" --- the idea of embedding artificial intelligence into objects in our everyday lives. Want to have a conversation with TJBot or teach TJBot to dance or tell a joke? You can use featured TJBot recipes to teach your own TJBot these skills or create your own new recipes and share them with the world.

Slice and Dice!

Slice Craft Knife


The Slice Craft Knife is a high-end hobby knife perfect for precision cutting, scraping and handling. Its ceramic safety blade requires no oil coating and is non-sparking, chemically inert, safe to 1600 degrees Celsius and rust-proof, making it perfect not only for craft and hobby projects but also for electronics! With a textured grip for superior control, this precision knife allows the user to make accurate, delicate cuts. Its ambidextrous no-roll design is weighted for balance and stability.

Slice Ceramic Curved Blades (set of 4)


Slice Ceramic Straight Blades (set of 4)


Metal is out; ceramic is in! These are four-packs of Slice blades made of 100 percent hand-sharpened zirconium oxide. Each blade features a curved or straight edge (depending on your preference) for added maneuverability and a rounded tip to guard against puncture accidents.

DC/DC Converter - 5V 5W (R-78E)

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This R-78E DC/DC Converter is a switching regulator module that has been designed to offer all the advantages of a switching regulator (high efficiency, wide input range, accurate output voltage regulation) but at an economic cost with the ease of adding it to your project.

And that's it for this week. We are expecting to have a slightly slower Friday next week with all the holidays about, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't stop by! 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. See you next week!

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