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New Product Roundup – July 13th

Its Saturday, and with that, we are back with another New Product Roundup! We have five new products to showcase and a new Product of the Week at 25% Off.

New Products
First up we have another shaft coupler – this time with bores of 0.250” on one end and 5mm on the other. These are ideal for connecting our NEMA23 stepper motor to 5mm shafts. Next, we have a new board designed and built here at BC Robotics: our ultrasonic:bit! The ultrasonic:bit is designed to simplify the connection of an ultrasonic sensor to the BBC micro:bit. The board handles powering the sensor, logic level shifting, and ships fully assembled! Finally, we have three new toggle switches. These large switches have a strong throw and are available in DPST (On/Off), SPDT (On/Off/On), and DPDT (On/Off/On). All three versions are rated to 15A/125VAC and 10A/250VAC.

Product Of The Week – 25% Off!
Product of the week is our Arduino Experiment Kit – a great assortment of 475 prototyping parts, sensors, and buttons in a convenient storage case. These kits are 25% off until next Friday at midnight – so don’t miss out!

Aluminum Flex Shaft Coupler – 0.250″ to 5mm

Need to connect two shafts together? This flex coupler has a helical cut that allows two shafts that are not perfectly aligned to be joined together while reducing binding. This specific version is designed to couple a 1/4” shaft to a 5mm shaft.

ultrasonic:bit Distance Sensor

Using a low cost ultrasonic distance sensor with the BBC micro:bit is a little tricky. Most of these sensors require 5V to work correctly (which isn’t available on the micro:bit) and when they are powered with 5V, they return a 5V signal which can damage your micro:bit! The ultrasonic:bit solves both these issues and makes it easy to measure distance with the BBC micro:bit. The board ships fully assembled with an ultrasonic sensor. Simply connect up your wires or alligator clips and that’s it!

DPST Toggle Switch – On/Off

This panel mount dual pole single throw (DPST) toggle switch is rated at up to 15A and 125VAC / 10A 250VAC. The switch is a standard On-Off configuration and includes all hardware. DPST switches feature two independent On/Off switches toggled by the same physical toggle – meaning you can switch two different voltages at the same time. Connections to the switch are by way of small screw terminals.

SPDT Toggle Switch – On/Off/On

This panel mount single pole dual throw (SPDT) toggle switch is rated at up to 15A and 125VAC / 10A 250VAC. The switch is a three position On-Off-On configuration and includes all hardware. Three position SPDT switches feature a single contact that can be connected to either output pin or disconnected in the center position. Connections to the switch are by way of small screw terminals.

DPDT Toggle Switch – On/Off/On

This panel mount dual pole dual throw (DPDT) toggle switch is rated at up to 15A and 125VAC / 10A 250VAC. The switch is an On-Off-On configuration and includes all hardware. DPDT switches feature two independent DPST switches toggled by the same physical toggle – meaning you can switch two different circuits at the same time with one switch. Connections to the switch are by way of small screw terminals.

New Tutorial!


Raspberry Pi Irrigation Control – Part 4
In the last part of this tutorial series we are going to look at installing our irrigation controller and some of the most common setups. Interested? Head on over to the tutorial!

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