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A Monster New Product Post!


First off, a reminder that SparkFun will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. Just had to get that out of the way...now on to the good stuff. 

It's Friday, so you know what that means. We have some new products to announce. Some of them I just can't believe we've gone this long without carrying! Let's look at the video and then the products.

We were pretty hard on the Rover 5 platform and, actually, it held up to quite a bit of abuse. OK, here are the products we have for this week.

If you're looking to drive some really big motors, you might want to look at our new Monster Moto Shield. The motor driver ICs can supply up to 30 amps worth of current which should allow you to drive just about any motor you want. And because it's a shield, you can use it with your Arduino! We used this on the Rover 5 platform (as seen in the video above) and it really gets it moving.

The WS2801 is the same RGB controller IC that is used in the addressable RGB LED strips. We took this IC and mounted it on a breakout board and mounted a RGB LED on the reverse side. The WS2801 Breakout Boards can be daisy-chained together to make a string of controllable LEDs with just 4 wires, just like the addressable LED strips. It even uses the same example code!

This adhesive tape is great for times when you not only need electrical insulation, but also a high heat tolerance. This 1cm wide self-adhesive tape can withstand temperatures up to 258°C (an even higher number in F). Use it for isolating transistors against heatsinks or any application where electrical tape would get too hot.

Everyone can rejoice! We now have out E-paper Breakout Boards ready for sale! These boards connect to our 10x2 e-paper displays and even include the 35v step-up needed to drive the displays. Now you can start using the displays and don't have to worry about making your own board from scratch.

Little silicone 'bumpers' are pretty darn handy. They keep your enclosure from sliding all over the place and also give it a clean and finished look. But you can also use them directly on PCBs too. These new bumpers are a lot bigger than our other ones. They are 10mm tall and 16.5mm wide (at the base) so you can use them for bigger enclosures.

I can't believe it took us this long to carry electrical tape! Even when I'm doing projects around the office, I found it hard to believe we didn't have any! Now we have electrical tape in black and red, both in 10 yard lengths. Now you can clean up those wires and stop things from shorting out!

If you've been into electronics for awhile you've probably amassed quite a collection of various parts that you're saving to use some day for some project. This circular parts container could help you organize them a bit. It has 7 different clear compartments that snap shut so you can easily organize your parts.

And finally, we have another light pipe for you. This particular light pipe is 3mm thick, 1 foot in length, and is clear all the way through. Shine an LED through one end, and the light will (mostly) transmit through to the other side, and light up a bit of the pipe in the process. Use an LED on both ends to create neat effects or blend the colors.

Well, that's all we have for this week. Hopefully all the robot builders will be happy with the motor driver shield. I'm sure just about everyone can use some electrical tape, bumpers, or parts organizers too. Thanks for reading and I'll see you again next week.


Comments 48 comments

  • I really like the electrical tape, not only because its vital to all of my projects, but mostly because in the picture the red roll of tape says “winner”

  • I really would have liked to seen the WS2801 breakout to have been ~$1 or so cheaper to make it a cheaper alternative to the Shiftbrite.

  • I would like to see what all of those different light pipes look like when lit up.

  • One of the best product post I have seen in a while. Thank u for valuing my time, staying on topic, and not adding an additional three minutes of comedy. Funny or not, I am watching to see what’s new. Thumbs up.

  • Right, so… are you guys planning on supplying the 556 timers any time soon?

  • I am amased at the lack of high powered motors you guys have on the site, even though you have 50A motor drivers. (HINT HINT)

  • When are we going to see the new version of Razor IMU?

  • New Products are back! Thanks, sparkfun!

  • I was able to drive the rover platform with the big tires using this motor driver from SF.
    http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9457
    Been working great, love the rover platform. The only drawback is the output shafts from the gear box’s are too long for the big tires shaft hubs.

  • YEAH!!! New products are back!
    Thanks IT! w00t!

  • Now all you need is Terminal Block. :P

  • Whats up with the web page. The ‘products’,‘new products’ link hasn’t updated in couple weeks. The t-shirts and been at the top of the list so long they are starts to get arm pit stains :).
    Thought it was my browser but tried another machine and - nope. Still not showing the new products from the last 2 Fridays..

  • AHH I just ordered stuff and that plastic tape reminds me - I FORGOT TO ORDER COPPER TAPE!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!

    • yes copper tape is nice. it is also good for the Arduino capacitive touch (& human proxemity) sensor.
      did you know you could do that with out a shield just resistors and copper/aluminum tape or foil

    • That’s what wishlists are for. :)

  • I was amused by the crash+running after the wheel rolling away part of the video. That’s what makes SparkFun cool, you’re a serious business with a not-so-serious attitude.

  • Liking the new products, but (you knew it was coming), I would have liked to see the WS2801 breakout have solder header access to the RGB outputs.
    In its current format, I’m going to have to heat gun the LED off to use it on some “standard” RGB strips I have. Not a huge deal, but would have been nice to have some 0.1" taps on the outputs.
    -Will use it to drive MOSFETs

  • Antimov T! I want!! Sell more!! Blargrhgrwr!

  • I want that giant blue coffee mug you have :P
    Why isn’t that for sale?

    • Strictly speaking, in Rob’s case, it’s a tea cup. Apparently he doesn’t need coffee, he gets naturally hyped about new products.

      • Yep, it’s for tea. If you must know, it can be bought at crate and barrel.

        • It’s nice to hear of another Tea drinker. And I agree that is just a small tea cup. Then again, I make tea by the gallon. But it would be cool to have one of those 64 ounce tea cups from SparkFun. We have a coffee house here in Seattle that serves their tee in a 64 ounce ‘Green’ mug.

          • Tea is good esp if you have already had 4 cups of black coffie while working on a project.

  • Cool stuff, again took me out of daily business for quite some time :) Thx
    Bth. Correct, new products are not visible on: http://www.sparkfun.com/categories/new_products

  • woot! I love new product posts :)
    btw I just noticed that your new stuff isn’t showing up on the “new products” search. Is it just me?
    http://www.sparkfun.com/categories/new_products

  • That WS2801 breakout board is neat. Might be fun with an e-textiles project (after rounding off the edges!)?
    Speaking of new products.. could somebody nudge IT and get them to smack the New Products listing (and RSS) into submission? They’re stuck in the past.

  • Nice!


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