The weekend is almost here, so that means it's time to talk about some new products! As always, we have new stuff, a video, and even a couple of short demos in the video.
Can't or don't want to watch the YouTube version? No worries - check out the Vimeo version. Also, here comes the obvious disclaimer: no animals were harmed in the making of this video. In fact, we gave a little extra love to our canine friends this week to make up for the lost karma in the video. That being said, let's take a look at the list of products for this week.
This little breakout board is one of those things that comes in very useful when creating a user interface or any application where you need to select items from a list, or make adjustments. Unlike our thumb joystick, each of the 'ways' is just a discrete button. So you read the breakout in the same way you would a button. It has up, down, left, right, and a select, so you can do quite a bit with it.
Being able to visually determine if your project has enough battery power can be a real time saver. The Uh-Oh Battery Level Indicator Kit does exactly this. Using the TL431ACLPG shunt regulator diode and a potentiometer, it allows you to dial in the point where you want an LED to turn on. When the LED is on, your battery is low. When it's off, your battery is fine. Using test points on the board as well as a formula in the schematic, you can easily determine the point that you want the LED to turn on.
The musical instrument shield has been used in a few different product post demonstrations is now in retail packaging, so you should be able to find it in your nearest SparkFun distributor. It's a great little board and works well for many different musical applications.
We found a small stock of old UAV V3 Development Platforms. These are the predecessors to the UDB4. Our batch tested fine, but has some ugly solder joints that didn't pass our visual inspection. If you want to get a cheap deal on a UAV board, check out these ugly ducklings.
We have a couple of 2nd editions this week. The first one is the new edition of Programming Interactivity. The new version covers changes in Arduino 1.0 as well as processing 1.5. We still have some of the first edition left and on sale here.
We also have a new version of Making Things Talk. The new version includes updates for Arduino 1.0 as well as talks a little about the Open Source Hardware movement. As with Programming Interactivity, we have some of the first version of Making Things Talk still left and they are on sale!
Another week checked off the calendar and another new round of products made live on the website. Thanks for reading and check back next week for a (hopefully) special video as well as some new products. See you then!