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New Product Roundup – May 20th to May 26th

Hi everybody, thanks for stopping by for another edition of our Saturday New Product Roundup! This was a bit of a short week so we have just a few new products to showcase. We have the new SparkFun gator:bit, an alligator clip friendly expansion board for the BBC micro:bit; a new Adafruit Data Logging Featherwing for Adafruit’s line of Feather microcontrollers, and a new 20 pulse per revolution rotary encoder. Lets go have a quick look at each!

SparkFun gator:bit

The SparkFun gator:bit is an all-in-one expansion board for your micro:bit that provides you with a fully functional development and prototyping platform. Almost every pin on the micro:bit is broken out to alligator clip compatible pads so you can get the most out of it without soldering or complicated breadboard pinouts! Whether it is data visualization using the five on-board addressable LEDs, capacitive touch sensing on pins 0, 1, & 2, or creating musical works of art using the built-in speaker the SparkFun gator:bit has it covered!

Adalogger FeatherWing – RTC + SD Add-on

The Adalogger Featherwing adds both a battery-backed Real Time Clock (RTC) and microSD card storage to any Adafruit Feather microcontroller. This makes it easy to add data logging to any existing Feather board or Feather based project. On the board, you get the I2C based PCF8523 RTC with a 32KHz crystal and battery backup, and a microSD socket that connects to the SPI port pins (+ extra pin for CS). The board is tested and works great with all models of the Adafruit Feather.

Rotary Encoder – Basic

A rotary encoder can come in many forms – in this case it is designed as a rotary input like those found in car stereos. Unlike a potentiometer, which has a set range, these can be spun continuously in either direction and do not have any internal means of tracking their “position”. Instead, the encoder works by having two slightly offset outputs; depending on which one of these two outputs triggers first you can determine direction of travel.

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