Happy early Halloween, everyone! Our Internet has been playing TRICKS on us all week but that won’t stop us from TREATING you to a fantastic assortment of new products on this All Hallow’s Eve… eve. Don’t forget to tune in at the video link below at 1:30 p.m. MT today for a festive SparkFun Live, where you can watch our annual costume contest madness (Jabba, a number of deadly sins, and a partially-consumed Robert Muldoon have already been spotted), and learn some Halloween hacks and tricks from Tim!
See you there! Moving on. Let’s continue this Friday with a new video.
We are really going all out with Raspberry Pi products this week! If you want to watch the new product demos on their own, you can find the BLE Nano video here and the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit video here.
That’s right, we finally have a RPi Kit! The Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit is a great way to gain a solid introduction to the small, credit-card sized computer. With this kit you will be able to get your Raspberry Pi 2 connected through our SparkFun Pi Wedge to a breadboard and, by utilizing the Pi’s 40-pin GPIO, control pushbuttons, LEDs, and a host of user created circuits.
This 7" Raspberry Pi Touchscreen LCD provides you with the ability to create a standalone device that can be utilized as a custom tablet or an all-in-one interactive interface for a future project. Each LCD features a full color 800 x 480 capacitive touch display that connects to the Pi via an included adapter board which handles all of your power and signal conversion needs.
Hey, you know that Raspberry Pi B+ bundled with an 8GB microSD card that we carry? Well there’s a new bundle but this time it contains a Raspberry Pi 2! Inside every box you will find the RPi2 that you know and love AND an 8GB microSD card preloaded with NOOBS!
The SparkFun Pi Wedge is a small board that connects to the 40-pin GPIO connector on the Raspberry Pi and breaks the pins out to breadboard-friendly arrangement and spacing, and even adds a couple of decoupling capacitors on the power supply lines. The “Wedge” also makes the initial bring-up process easier - you can plug an FTDI Basic module into the built-in serial port. Each version of this Pi Wedge comes preassembled and can be inserted into the RPi’s GPIO port that allows you to prototype - no soldering required!
The BLE Nano from RedBearLab is one of the smallest Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy (BLE) development boards in the market. At each BLE Nano’s core is a Nordic nRF51822, an ARM Cortex-M0 SoC plus BLE capable of running at 16MHz with ultra low power consumption. The RedBearLab BLE Nano also supports numerous different wireless devices running iOS 7/8, Android 4.3 or higher, and Windows Phone 8.1.
The BLE Nano Kit from RedBearLab includes the same Nano board as above but also includes an MK20 USB board and a few extra headers. The MK20 board functions as a USB dongle, allowing you to be able to deploy firmware to BLE Nano even easier.
Phew… well that looks like that is it for this week. We want to wish everyone out there a very spooky and safe Halloween but don’t eat that candy too fast! We’ll see you back here next week for, yet another, Friday Product Post. See you then!
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