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New Product Roundup – March 23th

It is Saturday, and time for another weekly New Product Roundup. Today, we have four new components to share along with another new Product of The Week so let’s jump in and have a look!

New Products
This week we have added 4 new products to the catalogue. First up is a tiny limit switch, perfect for detecting if a door or access panel is open or perhaps an end stop on a small machine. Next, we have a 2.1 x 5.5mm DC Barrel with an extra long barrel length. These are great when the plug is recessed behind a panel and a standard plug isn’t quite long enough to reliably make the connection. In the LED category, we have a larger LED matrix measuring 60x60mm with 64 Red LEDs. Finally, we have low profile Swiss Female Socket Headers – these allow for much lower between board heights when stacking boards.

Product Of The Week
Product of the week is our PIR Motion Sensor – Basic – Ideal for detecting motion in your project’s vicinity. 15% Off until Friday at Midnight – so don’t miss out!

Micro Lever Limit Switch – 2A

Limit switches work great on anything from end stops on CNC machines to impact detectors on small roaming robots. They work like any other momentary switch and provide both the normally open and normally closed contacts. This specific version can handle 2A at 125VAC. The switch has two mounting holes – making this very easy to fit to machinery, robots, or other projects!

DC Barrel Plug – 2.1 x5.5 x 14mm

The DC barrel plug is a very common connector; these power connectors are found on just about everything! This version is a bit different – it has a much longer barrel and is ideal for situations where the mating connector is mounted in a thick panel. The 5.5 x 2.1mm plug has a barrel length of 14mm and is compatible with all 5.5 x 2.1mm jacks and connectors.

8×8 LED Matrix – Red (60mm x 60mm)

This large 60 x 60mm Red LED Matrix is an excellent way to display data or create cool light patterns. Matrices like these are 'multiplexed' – so to control 64 LEDs you typically would only need 16 pins on your microcontroller or even less with a driver chip.

40 Pin Swiss Female Socket Header

These precision machined “Swiss Pin” headers work similar to standard female breakaway headers, but allow for a lower between-board-height due to their pin and socket lengths. The stacking height of these make them ideal for small spaces, as the between board height is as low as 3.1mm. These work best with plated through holes measuring 1.4mm in diameter (or larger).

New Tutorial!


Getting Started With Blynk On The Raspberry Pi 3+
Blynk is a powerful Internet of Things (IoT) app for iOS and Android that allows you to control your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or ESP8266 from your mobile phone. In this tutorial we are going to look at the basics of setting up Blynk for the Raspberry Pi. Unlike the Arduino platform, setting it up on the Raspberry Pi is a little more involved so we have made this handy tutorial to get you up and running in no time. Interested? Head on over to the tutorial!

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