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New Product Roundup – April 22nd to April 28th

Welcome back to another edition of our Saturday New Product Roundup! We have three new products available in the shop this week, including the new Adafruit Circuit Python Express as a standalone board. But before we jump into the details – a quick reminder – our next Raspberry Pi Beginner Workshop is this coming Friday May, 4th at 5:30 PM and runs to approximately 8:30 PM. Seating is limited so if you are interested, please register as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

Alright, with that message out of the way – let’s go have a closer look at each of the new products!




Ultrabright Warm White LED

Ultra-bright LEDs are useful in all sorts of applications! This Warm White LED can output 500-600LM in the 3000-3500K range. Internally these are a 3 series 3 parallel LED, meaning they have 3 parallel sets of 3 LEDs in series so they like ~ 9 – 12VDC. They do get quite hot – and will require a heat sink.

Circuit Playground Express

Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. Adafruit has taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and made it even better! Not only did they pack even more sensors in, they also made it even easier to program. You can now start your journey with Microsoft MakeCode block-based or Javascript programming. Then, you can use the same board to try CircuitPython, with the Python interpreter running right on the Express. As you progress, you can advance to using Arduino IDE, which has full support of all the hardware down to the low level, so you can make powerful projects.

12V Geared DC Motor – 92RPM

This high powered gear motor is a 12V DC motor attached to a strong metal gearbox. The gearbox reduces the motor output shaft speed to approximately 92 RPM, and in turn makes it quite strong. The motor and gearbox measure 25mm in diameter and 56.6mm long excluding the output shaft, which extends a further 11.75mm. The 5mm diameter output shaft has two flatted sides, making this a breeze to use with 5mm shaft couplers.

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