The ongoing attempt to carry everything you need continues.
In the ongoing attempt to carry every product you need, we have yet another chapter added to the saga. And I also had my first opportunity to be a hand (wrist?) model. Oh, how I love this job.
Is SparkFun selling jewelry? Not really. But we are selling some really cool bracelet kits from Aniomagic. Essentially, it's a microcontroller bracelet with LEDs. But it has a little secret - it can be programmed by simply holding it in front of your computer screen! Look ma, no wires! It's not magic, but cleverly uses a light sensor to accept code. We have three different colors, red, white, and blue. I know, it's strangely patriotic. Check out this video for more!
Yes, you can haz LCD display! Sometimes you just want a visual feedback for your project. Maybe you want to display heading, altitude, speed, status, or just display internet meme phrases. Either way, the LCD Add-on kit for the SIK allows you to do this. Of course you can use this with any Arduino and it is not specific to the inventor's kit.
There is also a new version of the MintyBoost. The new version works with almost everything out there, even the iPhone 4! It doesn't help the reception issue, but it does charge your phone, or other USB devices with just AA batteries!
We have a different version and update of the WiFly shield. This new version breaks out more pins on the WiFly module and has a different crystal. Now you can connect your Arduino to an 802.11b/g wireless network.
We now carry another version of the ScrewShield. The new version still has the screw terminals, but also has a prototyping area and a couple of buttons and an LED. It comes as a kit, so you will need to put it together. We are carrying both versions, so you can decide which is right for you.
The weatherboard isn't exactly new, but this is a new version. It now includes an ATmega328 instead of the ATmega168. So it has twice the memory for programs. If you want to add your own firmware, now you have a little bit more room to do so.
We have also revised our old USB MiniB breakout board. The new version breaks out all 5 pins from the USB connector.
Every so often we make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes work out in your favor. We were building up some UAV V3 boards and accidentally started building them as V2s! We normally sell these without headers, but because of the mistake we now have some with either right-angle or straight headers installed. These are ready for a breadboard or however else you plan to use them. So get some with headers installed for the same price as the ones without. But when they're gone, they're gone.
We've been carrying SD/MMC sockets for quite some time. However, this new version is 2mm taller. I know, try and hold back your excitement, it IS pretty awesome. In any event, we wanted to let everyone know we have some taller ones just in case you don't like them getting all close and personal with your board.
That's all for this week. See you again next week!