Hello SparkFun readers. Today we have even more new products for you to check out.
If you remember reading about the HAB (high altitude balloon) tutorial Nate put together a couple months ago, you may recognize the load controller above. Essentially, it's a relay with a microcontroller and temperature sensor (and some lights of course). It was designed for the heater in Nate's balloon. And if you haven't checked out the balloon tutorial, do so. Or at the very least watch David Stillman's epic video of his launch.
What's that smell? That's the smell of logic baby. And what better for the sweet smell of logic than the Open Workbench Logic Sniffer. The Open Logic Sniffer is an open source logic analyzer with 16 buffered channels.
You will of course need some probes to go with your logic sniffer. Here we have that exact thing! This is the probe cable for the Open Workbench Logic Sniffer. It has a 1×9 connector and 9 leads with tweezer-style test clips. Each cable connects 8 of the 16 buffered input channels, plus ground.
Although the MSGEQ7 may not look impressive, it can do some very cool things. It is a seven band graphic equalizer IC that divides the audio spectrum into seven separate bands. The outputs are multiplexed so you can make your own graphic equalizer with LEDs, robotic arms, water jets, or something even sillier than that. It's a simple chip to use and we can't wait to see what crazy uses you can come up with.
The MPL115A1 barometric pressure sensor breakout uses MEMS technology for taking pressure readings and outputs the readings over SPI. It has very low power consumption, accurate measurements between 50kPa and 115kPa, and a wide operating temperature range. Give in to the pressure (ha!) and get one!
We have yet another revision of the SparkFun Inventor's Kit. This one has some new overlays and examples to make tinkering even easier. We are continuously tweaking this kit to make it the best that we can. If you are debating getting into electronics, this really is a fantastic kit to get you going.
What makes a capacitor super? Well, how about having 1 Farad of capacitance? Super caps have unusually high capacitance ratings and can be used as backups for clocks, GPS modules, etc. Think of it like a backup battery for your low-powered electronics.
Above you see the 6DOF Atomic IMU. It uses a triple axis accelerometer and 3 single axis gyros and even includes an XBEE socket. It's one of our older designs and unfortunately the gyros are being phased out. So, here is your chance to get the 6DOF Atomic at a discount. While supplies last we have it marked at $99.95, down from $124.95.
The ScreenKey is pretty cool. It's a button and LCD mashed together. However, like many things it has an annoying ribbon cable coming from it that is difficult to use. That's where this breakout board comes in. It allows you to plug in the ribbon cable and have access to all the pins!
A lot of devices are using micro USB connectors and what better way to void the warranty than to plug into it and try to hack the thing! The micro USB breakout board allows you to do exactly that. It simply breaks out the 5 USB pins and has a right-angle micro USB connector.
We have been using this IC on our XMOS development board for awhile now and figured someone may want to use it on their own. So here you go. The XS1 is a pretty powerful processor with a lot of tiny pins. Have fun!
Back when we announced our 25 packs of LEDs someone pointed out that we didn't have any yellow super bright packs of 25. D'oh! We seemed to have neglected yellow. But now we have the 25 packs of yellow in stock.
Speaking of LEDs, sometimes you just need a basic LED and don't care about brightness or a clear lens. These are the basic 5mm red and yellows in packs of 10 each.
It was brought to our attention that we needed a better real time clock. We came up with the DS3234. It has very high accuracy (+-2ppm), 2 alarms, and an SPI interface. And of course, we are working on a breakout board for this IC so you can drop it directly into your project.
Well, that's all for new products this week. Enjoy and have fun building!