Friday New Product: Raspberry Pi v2, PCBGrip Kits

February 27, 2015

Posted By Yana

For Fridays, it’s either all or nothing – so today is an all day, with all kinds of exciting new things:

Raspberry Pi Version 2 1GB
$59.00

Much like the B+, but with additional horsepower and memory under the hood.
Raspberry Pi Camera Board Module
$47.00
The Raspberry Pi has the Camera Serial Interface, which this camera uses to great effect with high-speed and high resolution.
Raspberry Pi Camera Case – Black
$9.50

The Raspberry Pi Camera Case is cheap insurance for your RaspiCam applications.
Hakko FX-901 – Cordless Soldering Iron
$43.75
Soldering irons are great when mains power is nearby. For those times when you need to crawl under a car dash, the Hakko battery-powered version suits the need better.
Actobotics Standard Gripper Kit A – Channel Mount
$12.25

Sometimes you need to pinch (or grip) something remotely, and this Actobotics unit the solid and inexpensive mechanical part to your solution.
PCBGrip Kit 750 – Master
$290.00

For the most flexibility in assembling electronics, the PCBGrip Master Kit has a full complement of options.
PCBGrip Kit 150 – Standard
$255.00

For a truly useful tool when assembling electronics, the PCBGrip Standard Kit has pretty much all you’ll need.
PCBGrip Kit 50 – Minimalist
$124.00

For the most flexibility in assembling electronics, the PCBGrip Master Kit has a full complement of options

Friday New Product: More Grove

February 20, 2015

Posted By Yana

Today we have more standalone Grove modules and kits brought to you from SeeedStudio:

SeeedStudio Mixer Pack V2 Electronic blocks kit
$63.54

Before inexpensive microcontrollers, logic circuits did the bulk of electronic decision-making. The Mixer Pack makes it easy to play with simple “if-then” circuits without soldering.
Grove – Starter Kit for Arduino
$64.68

No doubt the simplest and most flexible no-soldering way to start hacking with Arduino.
Grove – Differential Amplifier V1.2
$19.32

Designed to interface weak input signals to the Grove system of prototyping.
Grove – Air Quality Sensor
$12.84

Detect carbon monoxide, alcohol, acetone, paint thinner, formaldehyde and other gasses with this plug-and-use Grove module.
Grove – Protoshield
$2.46

On the rare occasion there isn’t a Grove module for your project, build your own!

More Grove Parts from SeeedStudio

February 12, 2015

Posted By Yana

As promised, we keep adding to the Grove items category:

Grove – Flame Sensor
$8.28

An adjustable-sensitivity flame sensor, with Grove interface compatibility.
Grove – GSR Interface
$11.88

Galvanic skin response measures the electrical conductance of skin. This Grove module makes it easy to measure the response across 2 fingers on a hand.
Grove – Infrared Receiver
$5.04

Any project that requires talking to a standard 38kHz IR remote control will work well with this receiver.
Grove – Infrared Emitter
$5.04

Convenient plug-in-and-use Infrared emitter module for the Grove system.
Grove – Ultrasonic Ranger
$19.32
Ultrasonic distance sensor, featuring the plug-in-and-use Grove system.
Grove – Touch Sensor
$5.04
It’s a ready-to-use touch sensor switch compatible with the Grove system. Plug it in, tuck it in behind a non-metallic surface, and you are finished.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ 512MB Project Board is Here

January 28, 2015

Posted By Yana

Not being able to wait until the proper Friday New Product post, we are excited to announce that we are now carrying the Raspberry Pi Model B+ 512MB Project Board.

The Raspberry Pi is a tidy board loaded with functionality. About the size of a credit card, it can be turned into a fully functional computer by just plugging in a USB keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor. Being Linux-based makes it super flexible for use in a wide range of applications.

Friday New Product: Grove Stuff

January 23, 2015

Posted By Yana

Today we are showing off Grove from SeeedStudio. Grove is a modular electronic platform for quick prototyping. We brought in the Grove Starter kit and a wide range of Grove-compatible modules. Each of the modules serves one function and plugs into the Base Shield to make prototyping and testing your ideas super easy. We are going to be adding more to the category soon. Here are the first three items:

Grove Base Shield
$14.95
The Grove Base Shield is an amazingly easy way to connect your Arduino to sensors, displays, and actuators.
Grove – I2C Color Sensor
$24.90

I2C Color Sensor based on the TCS3414CS.
Grove – LED Strip Driver (mono and RGB)
$12.40
Use Grove to simplify your project, and in this case, to add LED strip lights. Drives both mono-colour and RGB styles, up to 3A per channel.

It’s USUALLY good to be Canadian…

January 15, 2015

Posted By Dave

…especially since we have great skiing, universal healthcare, and excellent chocolate (Smarties over M&Ms any day).

Unfortunately, one of those excellent things ISN’T the Canadian dollar. With the dollar trading around $0.80 USD over the last few months, we’re having to adjust our Canadian pricing. Effective immediately, our Canadian customers will be seeing a suitable increase in our prices that brings our pricing back in line with the exchange rate.

We regret having to do this, but we do purchase most of our inventory in US funds, and base our pricing on US funds. When the USD and CAD went par, we were gladly made our prices the same, but alas, times change.

But do remember – when you buy from Solarbotics in Canada, you won’t be surprised with the additional exchange penalty on your credit card, nor will you be hit with surprise customs & clearance charges. All things considered, our Canadian customers will be still getting a fair deal on hacking supplies!

Holiday Hours and Shipping

December 18, 2014

Posted By Yana

This is a quick note to announce our holiday schedule, which is going to be as follows:

December 24 (Christmas Eve)- 9am to 12pm (half day)

December 25 (Christmas Day) – offices are closed

December 26 (Boxing Day) – offices are closed

December 31 (The Day Before New Year’s Day) – 9am to 12pm (half day)

January 1 (New Year’s Day) – offices are closed

January 2 (The Day after New Year’s Day) – offices are closed

 

And here’s a reminder of our shipping deadlines again, if you haven’t seen those yet:

Canada United States
Standard Mail (Xpresspost) December 21st December 15th
Purolator/UPS Ground December 16th December 13th
Purolator/UPS Express December 22nd December 20th

Have a wonderful holiday season, happy New Year celebrations and wishing you all the best in the upcoming 2015.

 

Monday New Product: Sound, Powerboost and Motor Driver Carrier

December 15, 2014

Posted By Yana

The alien flying badgers invaded the office, so the Friday product release was postponed. It is Monday, and the badgers are tamed and put to work to bring you more product than ever:

A4988 Stepper Motor Driver Carrier, Black
$7.49
It’s an upgraded version of the standard A4988 stepper driver module from Pololu.
Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board – WAV/OGG Trigger
$22.95
The Audio FX Sound Board lets you trigger and play audio files with no additional microcontroller required.
Adafruit Mono 2.5W Class D Audio Amplifier – PAM8302
$4.95
Sometimes the LM386 audio amplifier just isn’t strong enough. That’s where this module takes over, in a compact footprint.
Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board with Amp, WAV/OGG Trigger
$28.95
The Audio FX Sound Board lets you trigger and play audio files with no additional amplifier or microcontroller required.
Enclosed Stereo Speaker Set – 3W, 4 Ohm impedance
$8.50
Speakers. That are ready to use, and easy to mount. DONE.
Adafruit PowerBoost 500 – Basic
$9.95
Get 5.2V USB-style power @ 500mA from as low as 1.8VDC.
Adafruit PowerBoost 500c – rechargeable
$14.95
Get your 5V out of a single 3.7V LiPoly / LiIon cells at a MINIMUM of 500mA. Recharge while drawing power on-the-fly.
PowerBoost 500 Shield
$19.95
The Adafruit PowerBoost 500 Shield is a clever add-on for your MOBILE Arduino project. It’s a power supply, charger, and battery pack all-in-one.

Wednesday Links: White Stuff, Weird Stuff and Lighting Stuff

December 10, 2014

Posted By Yana

Fineck not Fennec
The neck of the person in coexistence with computer is usually in miserable state, but we rarely think about it until it’s too late. So – gadgets to the rescue! (Via Designboom)
Armrest Battle Solution?
Oh the personal space… No number of smart gadgets can help when airlines stack people like sardines. (Via Gizmodo)
Betabook
A portable whiteboard for all your ideas. Why am I having haunting associations with Apple? (Via Creative Applications Network)
Emotional Light
We’ve seen lots of light fixtures over the years, this one is elegant in it’s simplicity and well-executed. (Via Arduino Blog)
Perch Light
It is exactly what it looks like – an illuminated origami bird on a perch, but who said beautiful things can’t be simply what they are? (Via Laughing Squid)

3D Printed Treetop Star

December 9, 2014

Posted By Yana

Initially inspired by the Moravian Star on Instructables and the fact that we now carry all kinds of 3D printing filament, we decided to make one of our own glowy holiday star. We have used this thing as source files to create a similar treetop decoration of our own.

After some trial and error (due to the Slicer not cooperating)…

…we printed a whole forest of perfect wintery spiky star-ends.

And, well, we just had to have someone live there for a bit. In this case, a snowman:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our  addressable 5mm LEDs were well suited to light this contraption. We drilled a hole in the bottom of each spike..

..to fit the LED’s domed part:

   

And then wired everything up. It wasn’t pretty but the WS2812 LED that we used made it much easier than a conventional RGB LED: rather than 3 separate channels, the WS2812 LED only has a data in and data out. Chain them all together and they work like a charm!

 

 

And here’s the final product, ready to light up our office with wonderful glowing lights!

 

 

 

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