Introducing the Arduino FIO and closing early


As of 1:45pm MT, SparkFun is running on a skeleton crew for the rest of today due to the random snow storm that’s hitting the front range at the moment. This means shipping is completed for the day so orders can no longer be expedited and there will not be any local pick-ups this afternoon. We will be officially closed at 4pm. Now onto news that’s more fun…



The Arduino Funnel I/O (Fio) is a board designed by Shigeru Kobayashi, based on the original design from LilyPad. Funnel is a toolkit to sketch your idea physically, and consists of software libraries and hardware. By using Funnel, the user can interface to sensors and/or actuators with various programming languages such as ActionScript 3, Processing, and Ruby. FIO is compatible with Funnel. It has connections for a Lithium Polymer battery and includes a charge circuit over USB. An XBee socket is available on the bottom of the board. The FIO has been designed to be wirelessly reprogrammable. Checkout our tutorial on wireless bootloading! These are being built right now and stock should be available shortly!



This one is pretty straightforward - just a small force sensitive resistor. It has a 0.16" (4mm) diameter active sensing area. These are great for sensing pressure, but are not super accurate, so they are better suited for sensing being squeezed vs. being used in a scale.



This is a super long force sensitive resistor - over two feet long (that’s a quarter in the picture next to it)! Similar to the sensor above, this is best suited for use in pressure sensing as opposed to measuring exact weights.



This is one of my favorite products - the danger shield - mostly for the potential I can see in customers' future projects! This shield mounts on top of your Arduino or Arduino Pro and equips it with a host of useful inputs and outputs. I feel like Q would give James Bond one of these to tinker with. The inputs and outputs include the following: three linear slide potentiometers, red and yellow LEDs, three momentary push buttons, a photocell and a temperature sensor, an 8-bit shift register set up to control a blue 7-segment LED, and two buzzers - one is used as a speaker, the other is connected to analog pin 5 and can be used as a knock sensor. This comes as a kit that you have to solder, but all components are through-hole!



This is a simple breakout board for Analog Device’s AD5330 8-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The AD5330 has a parallel interface, and can operate from a 2.5 to 5.5V supply consuming just 115uA (at 3V).



This is a lens designed to fit three ultra-bright Luxeon Rebel LEDs. The lens is 50mm in diameter and has a smooth surface to produce a narrow beam with a 10? angle. This lens will create a relatively focused beam. Perfect for your homemade flashlight or headlamp!



This is another lens designed for use with the Luxeon Rebel LEDs. While the previously mentioned lens is a narrow beam, this beam diffuses the LEDs to create a wide beam of light!

Happy Friday everyone - cheers!


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