This is a much anticipated feature that is now coming to fruition - the SparkFun Sale! You may have noticed the recently added Sale category, which contains a variety of items from slow sellers to things we have too many of. However, the real goal is to get products on sale that we really believe in, enjoy using ourselves, and want you to try out as well.
It works like this: starting this Wednesday (June 23) for exactly one week (until June 30th), we are going to have 12 true "sale items" - cool products with discounted prices. So what's going to be on sale during that week? Well, we're glad you asked.
If you're looking for a long range serial cable replacement, this week is the week for you. First we have the XBee Pro 60mW U.FL Connection. This version of the module is higher output (60mW) and uses an external antenna so you can maximize the range by placing the antenna further away from the ground or the base electronics. Turn two units on with and start passing serial characters back and forth - it's that easy.
This is the SM5100B GSM/GPRS cellular module. While the SM5100B doesn't have every bell and whistle that the Telit cellular modules do, the SM5100B can still get a text message sent, or a data message posted to an HTTP server all using AT commands. It can be integrated into a great number of wireless projects. You can use this module to accomplish almost anything a normal cell phone can - SMS text messages, GSM/GPRS, TCP/IP, and more! We're putting the module, the evaluation board, and the Arduino Shield on sale.
Here's a product with a million and one applications - a Square Force Sensitive Resistor! Use this is any project where you need to sense the presence of an object (but remember, these are probably not accurate enough to be used in a scale).
This is an MP3 Codec breakout board for use in your next audio application! The VS1033 is a single-chip MP3/AAC/WMA/MIDI audio decoder and ADPCM encoder. The bare VS1033 IC will also be on sale for use with your next MP3 project!
This is the IDG-1215 - an integrated dual-axis angular rate sensor (gyroscope). It uses InvenSense’s proprietary and patented MEMS technology with vertically driven, vibrating masses to make a functionally complete, low-cost, dual-axis angular rate sensor. It will work wonders combined with an accelerometer! The bare IDG1215 IC will also be on sale.
Don't have the power? Problem solved with this 12VDC 600mA wall adapter. Give your project the power it wants and needs!
Written by Tom Igoe, this is one of the best books out there for people wanting to get started in physical computing and embedded electronics - Making Things Talk. A must have for the electronic enthusiast's library!
It is SparkFun's belief that you can never really have too many extra batteries. Add some of these to your tool box - 900mAh Polymer Lithium Ion Batteries! These are very slim and extremely light batteries, perfect for any project where portability is a concern.
And last, but definitely not least, we have a group of awesome robotics kits for beginners and experts alike. We are offering the BOX3.0, the PICA2.0, the POP-BOT, MicroCAmp2.0, and Robo-CIRCLE. All of these kits are a great way to get started in robotics - or to perfect the skills you already have!
So that completes it for the version SparkFun Sale items! There will be more of these in the future, so keep an eye on the homepage and the Sale Section for updates. Remember, the sale starts Wednesday, June 23rd and ends on Wednesday, June 30th!