We'll start off with a cool project that comes from the OpenCV community. This project uses OpenFrameworks, an array of LED lights with a mirror finish, IR camera and a bit of motion tracking. The mirror finish makes it appear so that your reflection shows when the lights are off.
And now on to the new products!
This is a great beginner's embedded electronics kit featuring a surface mount version of the BASIC Stamp 2. The BS2-IC is mounted on a project platform, which features a 9-pin serial connector, breadboard area, power and reset buttons and more. The kit also comes with a components pack - complete with LEDs, a servo motor, buzzer and more - to support you in building over 40 projects!
The Board of Education Full Kit is a concise package of all the hardware you need to begin building projects with the BASIC Stamp microcontroller. Everything you need is included except for a power supply, and components needed to build a specific project. The beginner parts kit would pair really well with this board.
The Boe-Bot is a popular robotics kit based on Parallax's BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller. Over 90,000 Boe-Bot robots are in use by hobbyists, educators and students around the world. Starting with basic movement and proceeding to sensor-based projects, customers quickly learn how the Boe-Bot is expandable for many different robotic projects. No previous robotics, electronics or programming experience is necessary.
The XL series of MaxSonars are a super high-performance version of the easy-to-use sonar range finder from Maxbotix. The XL series of this sensor features higher resolution, longer range, higher power output and better calibration when compared to the LV version. We carry the EZ0, EZ1, EZ2, EZ3, and EZ4.
This is a simple, thumbnail-size RFID tag. These tags are great for sensing presence, identification, etc., and they're small, so they can be easily sewn into clothing or inserted into enclosures. Each tag comes with a unique 32-bit ID code and is not reprogrammable. The carrier frequency of this tag is 125kHz, so it works great with our ID-2, ID-12 and ID-20 RFID readers.
This is a glass, cylindrical RFID tag; it's very similar to those implanted into pets for identification purposes (though we're not saying you should try that with this tag). Each one comes with a unique 32-bit ID code and is not reprogrammable.
We love heat shrink! We use it for all sorts of handy projects. Use it to reinforce connections, protect devices, and electrically isolate exposed solder joints. We worked with a manufacturer to create a kit that we would use: lots of colors, lots of sizes, nothing too long. We specially requested some of the sizes with heat sensitive glue which significantly increases stress relief and water proofing. This kit includes 95 pieces of heat shrink, all of varying colors and sizes, and comes in a clear bag.
Another plug for the RoboJoust - it's coming up soon! This is the latest competition for SparkFun that combines line-following with sumo wrestling with jousting with combat robots...it's the RoboJoust! Go the page to read the rules and reserve your team's place!