New Stuff Friday: Canadian Currency, Lil...

Dave Hrynkiw
May 11, 2012

Welcome to New Stuff Friday, where we show off a smattering of the latest inventory we've brought in. How is this different from a usual Friday at Solarbotics? We've moved our other news/announcements to other days of the week (such as Project Monday and Cool Links Wednesday), so you just get the goods on the goods.

...Except for this week, where we have a (short) piece of news to also cram in. Canadian prices are now par with American prices. That's right fellow Canucks - with a few exceptions (such as Phidgets and Matrix Orbital inventory), the pricing across all of our catalogue is now the same in both USD and CAD.

And now on with the show:

Adafruit RGB LCD Shield Kit - 16x2 Character Display - Negative Adafruit RGB LCD Shield Kit with 16x2 Character Display - Negative

This new Adafruit shield makes it easy to use a 16x2 Character LCD. This one features the negative display (colored text on dark background)
Adafruit RGB LCD 16x2 Character Display - Negative (RGB text on dark) Adafruit RGB LCD 16x2 Character Display - Negative (RGB text on dark)
This is a fancy upgrade to standard 16x2 LCDs - instead of just having blue and white (or red and black), this LCD has full color RGB characters on a dark background! That means you can change the character display colors to anything of the following: Red, green, blue, pink, white, purple yellow, teal, salmon, chartreuse. This LCD looks strikingly good in person.
SparkFun Pro Micro - 5V/16MHz Leonardo-lookalike SparkFun Pro Micro - 5V/16MHz Leonardo-lookalike

The Pro Micro is similar to the Arduino Pro Mini except with an ATmega32U4 on board. The USB transceiver inside the 32U4 allows us to add USB connectivity on-board and do away with bulky external USB interface.
Micromega uM-FPU64 64-bit Floating Point Coprocessor Micromega uM-FPU64 64-bit Floating Point Coprocessor

Not wimpy 16-bit, or even anemic 32-bit - this match chip does 64-bit math while expanding the I/O capabilities of your design.
LilyPad Accelerometer ADXL335 LilyPad Accelerometer ADXL335

This is a three axis accelerometer for the LilyPad system. Based on the ADXL335 accelerometer from Analog Devices, the LilyPad Accelerometer can detect joint movement as well as inclination and vibration.
LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder

If you're looking for a simple way to add a battery to your LilyPad project, the LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder might do the trick.
LilyPad Arduino Simple Board LilyPad Arduino Simple Board

This is the LilyPad Arduino Simple Board. It's controlled by an ATmega328 with the Arduino bootloader. It has fewer pins than the LilyPad Arduino Main Board, a built in power supply socket, and an on/off switch.
LilyPad LED PCB Set LilyPad LED PCB Set

These boards allow you to use your own 5mm LED as a LilyPad LED.
LilyPad Battery Connect LilyPad Battery Connect

The LilyPad Battery Connect simply gives you a connection point for a battery or anything else you might want to plug in to your LilyPad system. It consists of a single 2-pin JST connector on a small LilyPad board with positive and negative terminals.

And that pretty much wraps up our first week with our new newspost format. Like it? Hate it? Rather ambivalent? Let us know! We're glad to take whatever feedback we can get. Now if you'll excuse us, there appears to be green stuff coming out of the ground, a bright thing shining down, and the sky is an alarmingly attractive shade of blue. It's a big improvement over last weekend, what with it's wide variety of Snow and Other Snow. We'll see you all on Monday with new project post!


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