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Our third Free-Day has come and gone and we have a few new products that some of our lucky winners might be interested in getting.
Just in case anyone is coming here and immediately scrolling down to find a video, I want to let you know that you will be scrolling indefinitely. Unfortunately, our video crew was flying back yesterday from the Free Day coverage on the East Coast and their flight got cancelled. So no product video for this Friday. Sorry! We still have some new products to talk about though. But don't worry, next week we'll have a long video to make up for lacking one this week.
A little while back, we started carrying the big 36V solenoid. You need a pretty hefty power supply to get it running and it might be a bit overkill for most applications. Thankfully, these smaller 5V solenoids might work out for you. Since they run off of 5V, you can easily embed them into your next project or robot.
The DS18B20 1-Wire digital temperature sensor has been a very popular product for us. But what if you want to measure liquids, in harsh environments, or just don't want to mess with enclosing the sensor? We now sell a fully sealed version of the DS18B20. It comes with a 6 foot long wire lead and the temperature sensor enclosed in a plastic watertight body. Hook it up the same was you'd hook up the bare DS18B20 and you can start reading temperatures right away.
This week we have the 5V version of the Mega Pro. Now you don't have to work within the confines of 3.3V if you want a Pro version of the Mega. The 5V version is identical to the 3.3V version, aside from the voltage. Both boards use an ATMega2560 with the Arduino bootloader and are thin and made for embedding. They give you all the power of the Arduino Mega 2560, but without some of the added bulk.
We've got another retail product this week. The tri-color LED kit has made it into retail packaging. If you're not familiar with the kit, it's 3 10mm LEDs, a board, some transistors, and a few resistors. The kit, once built, allows you to control the high-powered LEDs with the aid of a transistor instead of driving them directly from your Arduino, which might not supply enough current for them. It's a good start soldering kit and is now in retail packaging (as well as the normal kit).
And lastly, I didn't get a chance to talk about this one last week. We have a revision of the Arduino Pro 328 3.3V. The new version has a new right-angle switch which is much more robust and less prone to failure. We've also scooted back the FTDI header and switched it to an SMD version. In addition, we've added a footprint for an optional buzzer. We now have pictures of this new version posted, so I felt it necessary to include it in this week's new product post.
Well, that's all I have for this post Free Day new product post. We'll be back next week with more new product (we have a lot coming in) and a video. I'm working on a couple demos for next week so be sure to check back next Friday. Thanks for reading and see you then!