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New blinkies, bigger displays, and other great stuff is in store this week. We're also using bigger pictures for the product posts.
So this week we have a lot of little displays, LEDs and other goodies for you. Our docks continue to be flooded with new products every week. You may notice that the images are much bigger this week. No, you haven’t advanced to level 4 on Super Mario 3, I’m just using bigger images for the product posts. Do you like the new bigger images, or should we go back to the smaller ones? First up, let’s check out the video for a better look at some of the new products for this week.
Vimeo version found here.
So there you have it, that’s what the self-blinking LEDs look like. I really like the concept for the large 7-segment displays, but don’t currently have a use for them. Expect them to show up in a future demo. Speaking of demos, next week I plan to have at least one demo for something very cool, so check back next week.
In our never-ending quest to carry every type of LED, we now have self-blinking RGB LEDs. Plug them in, and they blink without any code. Since they’re RGB, it’s more of a cycle, than a blink, but meh. We have them in two varieties and three sizes. We have 10mm fast and slow blink, 5mm fast and slow, and 3mm fast and slow. Now you don’t need any additional circuitry to blink an LED. Check out the video above to see what these look like when lit up!
Sometimes you don’t need a full LCD display for just numbers. That’s where a 7-segment display comes in handy; they work great for displaying sensor values and such. But what if you want something BIGGER? These 1" tall 7-segment displays should work out for you. They look fantastic in person and are easily readable because of their size. We carry them in white, blue, green, yellow, and red. Check out the video above to see them in action.
The people at Bare Conductive now have their conductive paint in an easy-to-use pen. The Bare Paint Pen is an easy way to just draw conductive traces on paper or other materials to make your own custom circuits on clothing, walls, boxes, or whatever else you can think of.
In addition to the Paint Pen, we also have a couple simple kits from Bare Conductive using their new Paint Pen. The first is their house kit. As shown above, you put together a little paper house complete with LEDs and a photocell. The kit includes all you need to put together what you see above, including a conductive paint pen with enough paint for several other projects.
In addition to the house kit, there’s also a greeting card kit for making our own light-up greeting cards. It includes two pre-printed cards and a blank one that you can make into whatever you want. Using the included coin-cell batteries and LEDs, just about anyone can put this kit together.
In the latest version of the SIK, we decided to take a fresh look at the instructional manual, or the SIK Guide. We’ve redone the examples, code, and pretty much the entire guide based on feedback from our many SIK classes. Since we spent so much time on it, we felt it would be a good idea to offer it for sale outside of the SIK, since many people will already have an Arduino and might want to just work through the examples on their own. If you don’t need the print copy (or don’t feel like buying it), feel free to download the manual and print it yourself! We just wanted to make an easy way to learn Arduino.
We’re seeing the SIK get used in more classrooms and even libraries lately, which is great. However, as more and more people use each kit, certain parts tend to wear out or get lost. The SIK Refill Pack is a simple way to replace the most used (and lost) components so you can keep using the SIK over and over.
We have a lot of products on our site that have quick-disconnect (or spade) connectors on them. Now we have connectors to go with them! We have them in 4 types in bags of 50. We have them in 1/5" male, 1/5" female, ¼" male, and ¼" female. Insert some wire into the end, crimp it, and you have a nice and tidy connection!
Just look at this thing! It’s TINY! For anyone that needs power, but can’t spare much extra weight, we have this 40mAh LiPo battery. It’s a standard 3.7V single cell and isn’t much bigger than the JST connector. If you have serious size or weight restrictions, this might be perfect for you.
The GS407 module gets an update that replaces the not-so-friendly connector with a more universal one. The GS407A now uses a standard 6-pin connector found on other GPS units. Check the related products for pigtail connectors. You no longer need a specialized breakout for this module.
Well, that’s all I have for this week. Hopefully you like LEDs and 7-segment displays. We’ll be back next week of course with more new products if you didn’t see something here that you like. I’ll see you back next week with a video and more new products. See you then.