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New Product and Day Off

April 17, 2014

Posted By Yana

It’s a short week this week, so new product is coming early. We are closed Friday April 18th, which is hence called Good Friday.

LilyPad Arduino SimpleSnap with LiPoly cell
$29.95
This is the LilyPad Arduino SimpleSnap Board. It’s controlled by an ATmega328 with the Arduino bootloader. It has fewer pins than the LilyPad Arduino Main Board, a built in battery, and button snap connectors!
3mm Red LED with internal resistor – 5V
$0.35
A red 5 volt LED where the resistor is built right into the plastic. No more messy current limiting resistors!
5V RGB Addressable LED strip, 1M (144 per meter)
$59.95
With 144 pixels per strip, this is easily the king stripxel of the techno-color jungle.

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Wednesday Links: Helical Springs, Electro-Kistka and Some Astronomy

April 16, 2014

Posted By Yana

Did you see the lunar eclipse on Monday night? I wish they had it rescheduled for Sunday afternoon, so all of us night-owls-who-have-to-get-up-early could watch that. But noooOOoOO. But at least the internet will save us. At least from information deficit.

Laser Cut Helical Springs
I wonder if zigzag helical springs can still travel down the stairs… Or they use the elevator?
Egg-Bot Wax Painting Upgrade
..called Electro-Kistka, where Kistka means brush. The device looks nothing like a brush, but produces wicked egg resist drawings nevertheless. (Via Hackaday)
Self-Stacking Building Blocks
These are awesome and need some sound proofing. But I guess this is not a concern… (Via Gizmodo)
Tattoo Machine Out of 3D Printer
This looks much better than the same done with a laser engraver! Less painful at least… (Via Dangerous Prototypes, video 1 and 2)
New Saturn Moon
Continuing with a lunar subject matter, this might be one of the last Saturn’s newborn moons.(Via LiveScience)

It will not save from raptors, amnesia, junk mail and cat fur though.

Friday New Product: LilyTwinkle, Teensy and Trinkets

April 11, 2014

Posted By Yana

It’s Friday again, and it’s been a busy (two) weeks since there was a new product. Wait no more, here it is.

4-Conductor LED Strip Clamp
$0.95
Reduce the crazy soldering mess with these super useful RGB LED strip clamps!
LilyTwinkle ATtiny85
$6.95
A preprogrammed controller board that can make your wearable project sparkle and shine. You can control up to 4 LED’s with ease!
Adafruit Trinket – Mini Microcontroller – 3.3V Logic
$7.95
Need an Arduino compatible board that’s smaller than small? Look no further because the Trinket has got you covered.
Adafruit Trinket – Mini Microcontroller – 5V Logic
$7.95
Need an Arduino compatible board that’s smaller than small? Look no further because the Trinket has got you covered.
Teensy USB Board, Version 2.0 w/o Header Pins
$16.00
This platform is like an Arduino but smaller… Oh and with almost twice the amount of digital I/O and more than double the amount of analog inputs. In short this platform is super cool!

We also posted some (relatively) new laser videos (one and two), in case you have some lasers to play with.

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