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New Product Roundup – April 20th

Happy Easter everyone! Just a quick reminder: we are closed today for the Easter Holiday but will be open on Monday with normal business hours. With that out of the way – we have 7 new products and a new product of the week to share!

New Products
To start off, we have a new telephone style keypad – these are perfect for projects that require some form of numerical input. We also added a 16 pin dip that is actually just a nice enclosed pack of 8 560 Ohm resistors. Next up, a simple bracket for holding HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensors. These are clear acrylic and allow the sensor to be easily mounted. Speaking of holding things in place, we have also added a 40 piece set of M2 screws and nuts. Next, we have the SparkFun Pocket AVR Programmer – these are perfect for programming ATMEGA328’s and ATTINY85’s (and many others!). Finally, we have two new cables: A spare AVR programming cable with 6 and 10 pin programming ports and a 3’ USB A to mini-B (also used with the Pocket AVR Programmer).
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Easter Long Weekend

The Easter Holiday is coming up quickly, and with that, changes to our normal shipping and showroom schedules. This year Canada Post will be closed from Friday April 19th through Monday April 22nd so all orders placed online after 4:00PM on Thursday April 18th will ship on Tuesday April 23rd.

Our Showroom will be closed Friday April 19th to Sunday April 21st, opening on Monday April 22nd with regular business hours. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

New Product Roundup – April 13th

Happy Saturday – we are back with another weekly New Product Roundup! This week we have a couple new products for building your first robot, a sensor to help your plants from dying, and a couple new cables. We also have a new product of the week – let’s go have a look!

New Products
To start, we have the Adafruit CRICKIT for micro:bit – this is the perfect add-on for the BBC micro:bit and will have you building your first robot in no time! As always, this Adafruit board has an excellent set of resources. Continuing with the robot theme, we have a new continuous rotation servo – these make excellent drive systems for simple robots and don’t require complex motor controllers. We also have a new Soil Moisture Sensor from Adafruit, these are a capacitive designed sensor hand will not corrode over time in the damp ground. For the soil moisture sensor we also have a handy breakout cable that allows the soil moisture sensor to be connected to any standard male breakaway pins. Finally, we have fancy new multimeter leads with detachable alligator clip ends – a must have!
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New Tutorial: Raspberry Pi

Part two of our Raspberry Pi Irrigation tutorial is now up! In this tutorial we will boot up the Raspberry Pi, do some initial configuration of the Raspbian operating system, and install Python libraries for a few of the sensors. Next, we will write some basic Python code to read and display the data from each of the sensors and trigger each solenoid driver to make sure everything is working as it should! Interested? Head on over to the tutorial!