New Product Post

We are busy getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year, but we wanted to share some great new products before we take off for the week long festivities.

CrazyflieNano Quadcopter 6 dof

Propeller Spare batteryspare motor1



A palm sized helicopter!  Completely open-source and designed for development and hacking, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopters are among the smallest in the world.  They weigh only 19 grams and measure 9cm from end to end.  See it in action in this YouTube video.

There are two kits, and they include everything you need to build this amazing gadget.  The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter 6-DOF version uses a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyro which enables it to auto-level while the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter 10-DOF version integrates extra sensors for altitude and heading measurement.   They both include a 2.4 GHz radio chip that enables the helicopter to receive commands from your computer and send data back to it.   Don’t worry if you misplace something, we have spare parts on hand:  the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter – Spare battery, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter – 4 x CW+CCW spare propellers, and the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter – 6×15 mm spare motor.  If you are having a hard time choosing between the two kits, keep in mind the 10-DOF version gives you the added challenge of developing algorithms for the altitude and heading sensors.  Unfortunately, they aren’t available for purchase now, but you can pre-order them from now until February, 18, 2013.  We will be shipping them out on April 25, 2013.

nano v3

The new version of our top-seller DSO Nano is here!  The DSO Nano v3 is a 32-bit ARM-M3 digital storage oscilloscope that is portable and lightweight.  It comes with a 320 x 240 color display, an SD card, a USB port, and a rechargeable lithium battery.  A lot of thought went into the v3, and there are 8 different enhancements included in this new version.  We got rid of the plastic case on the v2 and replaced it with a more durable aluminum alloy shell.  We also added a fixed battery connector, an extra button for quick adjustment, a charging circuit, a dedicated channel for signal generating, a unibody PCB design, and updated the software.


We have two BLE products this week.  The BLE-Shield based on Bluegiga’s BLE112 Module and the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy – BLE Mini.  The former one is a shield which easily stacks on standard size Arduinos, and the latter one is a small, space-saving form factor in high demand for users of Arduino Mini, Micro, Nano, Micro Plus, etc.  Both are open source and support, not only, the latest iOS devices but include UART interfaces too.

Arduino BLE Shield BLE mini_03

The BLE-Shield based on Bluegiga’s BLE112 Module is a more user-friendly tool for beginners.  It’s based on Bluegiga’s BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single mode compliant module, and it allows the Arduino to communicate, via Bluetooth, with iOS based devices without jailbreaking.  Just connect the BLE-Shield to the Arduino, and you can start reading and writing data, no libraries required.

The Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy – BLE Mini is a great prototyping board for your BLE projects.  It has an easy-to-use interface and it’s a flexible device.  The BLE Mini can play a central role or a peripheral role in your development process, and it can even operate without an external microcontroller courtesy of the SoC (System-on-chip).  It works with all major development platforms, like Raspberry Pi, Netduino, Arduino, BeagleBone, etc.  Plus, you can develop your own firmware using IAR Embedded Workbench or make your own iOS App using our open source SDK or iOS’s CoreBluetooth Framework.

Grove Solid State Relay_01

New to the Grove family is the Grove – Solid State Relay, a non-contact electronic switch module with relay features.  It has an excellent low switching latency of ≤10ms, and it includes a radiator for greater stability.  Safety is a high priority, so we’ve built-in an acrylic base and an attractive 3D printed insulation shield.


The QFP surface mount protobard – 0.80mm + 0.50mm is a multi-purpose surface mount prototype board for chip development.  This is an improvement upon Dangerous Prototype’s earlier 0.80mm version.  It includes an additional 0.50 mm pitch 32-80pin xQFP on the bottom side and a USB mini-B and micro-B with the micro-B located on the bottom, as well.


Last but not least we have our RF Mini RGB Controller, a remote control for RGB LED strips.  It allows you to change the mode, speed, color and brightness of either an RGB LED strip, like the RGB LED Flex-Strip – 60 LED-(1m), or a mono color LED strip.    It comes pre-programmed with 19 modes and 20 static colors.  It’s a must have for any LED strip project.


Until next time, keep on making.


(written by Erin Linke)


February 2013