New Product Post

We’re starting the New Year off right with a new monthly giveaway. From January 6th to January 10th, you’ll have a chance to win the new Grove – Encoder and the new Grove – Circular LED.

The Grove – Circular LED consists of 24 LEDs on a circular board, and the Grove – Encoder, which fits neatly into the center of the Circular LED board, allows you to control them.  We have a great demo to get your creative juices flowing. Good luck!

Do you remember the brightly hued Arcade Game Push Buttons from last week?  This week we have an industrial caliber Arcade Joystick for arcade game machines. It has four-way action and spring action to return the joystick to center when released. Keep in mind, this isn’t your ordinary joystick, it has a neon-yellow crystal ball to give your game some extra pizzazz. Add it to your arcade console or use it as a momentary switch in another project.

Have you ever needed to fix a project when you’re away from your workshop? We now have a Portable Lead Free Solder Wire. Comprised mainly of tin, this green product fits neatly in your pocket and provides 3meters of solder for your on-the-go needs.

Next up is a chainable Load Sensor which is widely used in weight scales. One sensor is capable of detecting up to a 50kg load. If you need to increase the capacity range, simply add more Load Sensors by daisy chaining them together. The Load Sensor outputs differential signal, so you will need an amplifier to make the signal detectable by multimeter. One of our available amplifiers is the Grove – Amplifier, and there is an example on the Grove – Amplifier wiki page to teach you how they work together. Just replace the references to weight sensor with load sensor, and you are all set. 

Finally, we have a solder-free solution for connecting wires, the Wire Connector Set. It’s a must-have for prototyping, as it saves time and eliminates mess by allowing you to safely clamp wires together without soldering. It comes with a 2-bit and a 3-bit clamp lock wire connector. It is CE certified and can even be used in household applications due to its ability to withstand up to 380V.


Until next time, keep on making.

(written by Erin Linke)


January 2013