First off, just wanted to let everyone know that SparkFun is going to be operating with a very limited skeleton crew today due to the weather here in Boulder. Overnight we received 12 inches of snow and it's still coming down at a rate of about 3 inches/hour. We'll do our best to get orders out today, but things are pretty gummed up and it doesn't look like they will improve any time today. We'll get back on track as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience this might be causing. Now on to today's post.
We're back and this week we're leaving tubers alone. We've got a few new products as well as a lot of stuff we're clearing out of production that's been collecting dust. First, let's see a couple of demos.
Rotary encoders are one of my favorite input devices. With a switch and the visual feedback of an RGB LED, you can easily have one encoder control a lot of various things.
Everyone seems to want wireless communication for their microcontroller. It's not always easy, and it's not always cheap. Thankfully, the RFM22 Shield is both! The shield uses the versatile RFM22 module to allow your Arduino to pull the plug. Using the Arduino Library, it's really easy to get these shields up and running to do all sorts of things, including peer to peer as well as mesh communication.
In addition to the dual color rotary encoder we carry, we now have some RGB illuminated rotary encoders. We have a right angle PCB mount encoder as well as a panel mount encoder complete with washer and nut. Both have a button in the shaft and 24 pulses per revolution and have a nice tactile click when they're turned.
So, we've been clearing out some of our old production stock. For one reason or another, there are lots of parts that we no longer use, but are still useful for many people. We're getting these listed so people can get their hands on some of the stuff we don't need.
First up is the Uber Tracker Main Board. This board was the main sub-assembly that went into the Uber Tracker. At the heart of the board is an LPC2138 and some connectors and regulators. It's a fun board to tinker around with and it has some potential for projects.
We also found a lot of PIC ICs that we no longer use. PICs are great inexpensive microcontrollers but we tend to use ATMegas for everything now, so we have a bunch leftover. We have some PIC16F777s, PIC18F2520s, PIC16F88s, and PIC18F2550s. And because they have all been used on past designs, they should all be in the SFE Eagle Library.
We also found some TI MSP430s sitting around as well. These are another great microcontroller that we just don't use any more. Check the specs and see if it's right for you.
And lastly, we have some 1M LED Strips. We used to cut our own 1M lengths from the longer 5M lengths, but now we just get them already packaged as 1M. We found a few of the 1M cut lengths and figured we'd offer them at a discount. Get them while they last!
That's all we've got for this week. We'll of course be back again next week with even more stuff. Nick and myself will be attending a local robot convention and the SCORPION will be in attendance with an upgrade or two. For those of you attending, see you there. For everyone else, see you next Friday!