Quick update! There is an SMD soldering class tonight, August 17th, 2010. Sign up now to learn all the goodness that is SMD soldering!
Another week has gone by, so it's time for another new product post. Once again we have a few new products added to our ever-growing catalog of neat stuff. One day we might run out of new things to carry, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon. So, here we go!
The sensor kit has been upgraded! This new version includes a soft pot and a flex sensor. We put almost every sensor we could think of in this kit so you'll be ready for anything. From accelerometers, gyros, touch sensors, light sensors, reed switches, humidity, temperature, and more - it's in there! The old kit is still for sale until we run out.
After years of research, we have developed the world's first invisibility cloak! As much as we all wish that were true, it isn't. Above you see another type of conductive fabric. This variety of fabric is a rip-stop material which is similar to a thin nylon rip-stop you might find in a tent. We also have the leftover remnants for sale if you want scrap pieces to play with instead. The stuff is really cool and we want to see some great uses for it! One of these days we might see the invisibility cloak for real.
The Podapter is a handy thing to have. Let's face it, Apple is just a few short strides away from taking over the world. We're going to need chargers to keep the uprising on course. The Podapter allows you to use any mini USB cable to charge your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. And in case anyone is wondering, yes, it works with the iPhone 4, zOMG!
We have a new version of our graphic OLED carrier board. We changed out the OLED to a more current version and changed out the boost IC. Overall, it's just a small tweak to the old version. We will also be selling the OLED separately in about a week or so.
What exactly is Bulbdial Clock Kit? Well, essentially, it uses the reflections from LEDs to create the hour, minute and second hands on a clock face. It updates the time every 2 seconds by fading the appropriate LEDs to 'move' the second hand to the next position. It's pretty clever and a nicely designed kit. Check out the video of it in action.
A little while ago we added the MPR121 capacitive touch sensor. We now have a breakout board for that little guy allowing you to touch away! You can control up to 12 physical touch electrodes over a single I2C interface. Touch sensors are very cool and we are eager to see someone put this to good use.
We've sold quite a few FTDI basic boards in our history. We recently added the smaller SMD version to our lineup in the classic 5V and 3.3V versions. We now have an FTDI basic without the right-angle header installed. This will allow you to hard-wire it into your application, or use your own header. We also sell the header separately if you wish to roll your own.
So, we've been selling this stepper motor (or some slight variant) for quite some time now. And it just recently dawned on us that a mounting hub might be a wise thing to carry. So here you go, a 5mm mounting hub that will allow you to mount wheels, gears, pulleys, or anything else you can dream up.
Here is another product that's infinitely useful. They call this the universal plate set and it's basically a perforated mounting platform for robots and vehicles. Add some motors, motor mounts, and electronics and you can easily build up a small vehicle.
We think the concept of the wheel has finally caught on. After thousands of years, you too can own your very own wheel (or set of wheels). We have two sizes, 70x8mm and 90x10mm. Each set of two comes with a black silicone tire for blingin' out your bot.
So that's all for this week. Some robotics stuff, some revisions of older products, and a few newcomers. Get your creative ideas flowing and start that next project today! We always like seeing what everyone is up to and do our best to make sure you have what you need to let your geek shine.