SparkFun: One of the top Colorado Companies to Watch! And new stuff with more new stuff.
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Did you know SparkFun was one of top 110 finalists to be named a Colorado Companies To Watch? Are we being watched for good or for bad? We’re not sure at this point.
Rojas is working on some video sweetness. Checkout the recap of the AVC:
Speaking of AVC - Nathan will be chatting with the Make Radio
folks this Friday (4/24) about the autonomous vehicle competition and other fun SparkFun facts.
Onto new products:
I don't care what anyone says, there are two things that make a good project: blinking LEDs, and good buttons. This is a good, solid, nice feeling 12mm push button
This is a breakout board for the HTC ExtUSB
connector that is found in phones like the Android G1. Opens up the hardware interface to any phone that uses the connector.
Here is a SMD DC to DC converter module
that can deliver up to 5A of regulated output current. Programmable output via external resistor from 0.75 to 5.5VDC.
Here is an enhanced PICAXE28
chip with 8x memory and many additional features such as I2C bus
support. PICAXE is a great entry level PIC microcontroller system,
check out the complete line.
900MHz duck antenna
for the extremely powerful XBee Pro 900’s
. You’ll probably need a Yagi antenna
never gets mentioned) to get 15 mile range, but this little antenna is still pretty good.
for all of your electronic and mechanical needs; a reversible screwdriver
and a hobby knife
As circuits get smaller, eyes need to get better. This is a 10x magnifier
that fits around your head. Our production shop uses these extensively.
The small connector above is a U.FL connector
. This thing is tiny. Commonly used on the XBee modules
as a reliable coax connector. The cable to the right is terminated as a U.FL to SMA
. Keep in mind we also sell U.FL to RP-SMA
, so that you can connect both SMA and RP-SMA antennas to the U.FL connector.