Hello loyal SparkFun followers! We're back again and we've got some new stuff this week. Let's jump right in and see what we have this week.
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I really hope the concept of the Electric Imp takes off and starts getting integrated into different consumer products. It's a great product and has a lot of very interesting features. Get your hands on one!
The Electric Imp is basically a microcontroller combined with a Wi-Fi module, all for less than $30. Not only that, but it's also has a slick programming interface. Check the video above for all the features and some demonstrations. We hope to have associated boards coming out by the end of the month, stay tuned!
We have a new revision of the SIK (SparkFun Inventor's Kit) this week as well. We've completely revamped the SIK manual as well as the examples contained within. The circuits and instructions are much easier to follow and all the code has been re-written from scratch. If you are looking to get an SIK, this is a great time, it's the best SIK yet!
We also have a new version of the SD Sniffer that has corrected pinouts. The previous version was short-lived because of an incorrect pinout. This one is for reals and should work just fine. Use this board on any SD card socket to 'sniff' the data going from the SD card to your device for debugging.
We have a new 5V USB Wall Charger available. This one's a bit more reliable than our previous model. We found a new supplier and this one is the bee's knees. It works like a champ for your phone, camera, or any device that uses a standard USB cable for charging or power.
This week we're adding another product to the ProtoSnap lineup. The ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Simple is much like the regular development board, but is, well, simpler. It has just 4 LEDs and a single buzzer. It still comes with the FTDI, needles, thread, and a battery, but just has less components on the actual ProtoSnap board. If you're just looking to use LEDs and don't need the other boards, check out the simple.
Lastly, we have some new notebooks. They are the same as the previous SparkFun notebook, but instead of white pages with faint grey lines, the new ones have a faint grey page with white lines. It's a subtle difference, but Nate thought it looked better. So hey, we've got both versions now! They even have a SparkFun watermark.
Chill out man! No, seriously, you need to cool down your board, it's getting too hot. Thankfully, we've got these small heatsinks that work great for motor driver ICs and such. They're 0.25" x 0.3". We used to sell these in packs of 5 with thermal tape, but we were no longer able to source the tape and the cost of the heatsinks increased. The joys of inventory management! So, we're selling them as singles now. You can use your favorite thermal epoxy, thermal tape (we have some larger pads here) or figure out a clever way to affix it to your heat source.
Well, that's all I've got for this week. As always, thanks for reading and we'll see you back again next week wit more new products, a video, and witty banter. See you then.