The Adafruit “midnight hacker” is a Leatherman Squirt ES4 and a very handy, unique key-chain size multi-tool. The E4 sets you up with 20GA, 18GA, 16GA, 14GA and 12GA wire strippers and electrical wire cutters to handle all kinds of precise jobs. The gripping edges on the ES4′s spring-action pliers help you get a firm grasp on fuses, small cables, and many hard-to-reach items.
420HC Clip Point Knife
Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
Wire Strippers: 20GA, 18GA, 16GA, 14GA, and 12GA
Etched with our laser, says “midnight hacker”
Stainless Steel with Anodized Aluminum Handle Scales
Stainless Steel Body
Key Ring Attachment
Available color: Black, dark, cold – like our heart
We released an Atmega32u4 Breakout board+ today! We like the AVR 8-bit family and were excited to see Atmel upgrade the series with a USB core. Having USB built in allows the chip to act like any USB device. For example, we can program the chip to ‘pretend’ its a USB joystick, or a keyboard, or a flash drive! Another nice bonus of having USB built in is that instead of having an FTDI chip or cable (like an Arduino), we can emulate the serial port directly in the chip. This costs some Flash space and RAM space but that’s the trade-off.
The only bad news about this chip is that it is surface mount only (SMT), which means that it is not easy to solder the way the larger DIP chips are. For that reason, we made a breakout board. The board comes with some extras like a fuse, a 16mhz crystal, USB connector and a button to start the bootloader.
NEW PRODUCT – Atmega32u4 Breakout Board+ Toss out those FTDI cables and go USB-native with the ATmega32u4. After many months of back-orders, we finally received a shipment of these little guys and are excited to offer our breakout board. The little dev board keeps it simple, with just the bare essentials:
Atmega32u4 – AVR core with USB capability. 32K flash, 2.5K RAM running at 16MHz
We put a avrdude compatible bootloader on there, which takes 4K. You can always remove it
Standard AVR 6-pin ISP connector for direct programming (when you need the extra space)
Big Bootload/Reset button
500mA fuse on the USB power line
Power LED and ‘user’ LED (also indicates when the bootloader is active)
Fits nicely in any breadboard
4 mounting holes
This breakout board is best for those who have familiarity with some microcontrollers and are comfortable with writing code in C. This board doesn’t come with any ‘learn to program’ tutorials! If this is your first time with a microcontroller, we suggest going with an Arduino which is easier. Then when you want to upgrade, check this out.
Plug it in, connect a mini-B USB cable and you can start writing code immediately. With the built-in bootloader you don’t even need an AVR programmer. We suggest checking out the LUFA library to get started with the USB core as nearly every kind of device has an example already.
NEW PRODUCT – The best notebook on earth, The Maker’s Notebook. From the creators of Make Magazine comes the Maker’s Notebook. Put your own ideas, diagrams, calculations & notes down in these 150 pages of engineering graph paper. We’ve also included 20 bonus pages of reference material, from useful stuff like electronics symbols, resistor codes, weights and measures, basic conversions and more, to really useful stuff like the amount of caffeine in different caffeinated beverages and how to say “Hello, World!” in various computer languages. The covers of this hardcover book are printed in cyan “Maker” blue with a white grid debossed front and back. Grab one today!
Notebook are 1/8″ engineering graph paper.
Pages are numbered.
Every page has a blank heading to list project name, date, sign or note, and a place to link project/related pages (“From Page___, to Page___).
There’s also a two-page ruled Table of Contents.
Featuring a pocket in the back, with 2 sheets of stickers.
Dimensions: 6 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 1/2″
We looked around at all the Notebook options from blank moleskins to cheap knock-offs to creating our own, none of them are close to The Maker’s Notebook. Give this as a gift and get one for yourself.
$2,000 Bounty Put on Open-Source Kinect Drivers. New York-based Adafruit Industries really wants to get its hands on open-source drivers for Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 peripheral, Kinect. So much so that the firm is offering a handsome bounty for the first successful release.
Korg has published a reference schematic for their excellent Monotron analog synth. Folks in the circuit bending community have been hacking this thing since it came out, but now we have a schemo to follow. Yet another tool in the quest for a fat, tasty bassline!
I can’t find this schematic on the North American site, but it is available on the Japanese site (scroll down to the bottom) or click here to get the PDF (monotron_sch).
Another classic part for today, the venerable 1N4001 blocking diode. These guys can take up to 1 Amp with a drop of about a volt. We like to use them to protect 7805′s from AC/negative input voltages coming in from a power jack (as a half wave rectifier) or inductive load shunts (for motors, solenoids and relays). They’re not good for signal work, or for boost converters so much as they’re sluggish and leaky. They’re kind of the ‘big galoot’ of diodes: tough, dirt cheap and very handy, so pick some up today using our part finder!
Seeed Studio is an open hardware facilitator based in China. We provide quick prototyping tools per community needs, like Seeeduino series, DSO Nano, and electronic bricks. We help innovators turn designs into products on shelf.
We need someone to help us make key products easier to use, from documentations and tutorials. The documents needs to be written carefully in the details, well illustrated, easy to understand and organized.
Preferably, we are looking for someone:
Good at literal communication
Care about details
Electronic knowledge and love
Willing to start from the basics
Native-like English speaker, even better if you want to learn some Chinese or Chinglish
This person may work remotely from anywhere, part time, asynchronously. We will mail samples for your to study with, engineers and photographers will provide full support. Benefits open for discussion.
Arduino shields – AN ADAFRUIT ELECTRONICS GIFT GUIDE! Shields allow you to turn an Arduino into things like music players, robots, wireless and more. Here is just a small sampling of 10 great shields to be given as gifts for friends, family or yourself! In our list we also indicated which ones are open source hardware.
Books to learn processing – AN ADAFRUIT GIFT GUIDE. We consider these books some the best resources for learning processing! Why processing? We’ve found that it’s the best way for people who want to learn programming to get started, they’re instantly able to run free open source software on Win, Mac and Linux and they code they learn can easily be applied to learning Arduino later!
The Xbee gift guide, go wireless! – AN ADAFRUIT ELECTRONICS GIFT GUIDE!. If you, a friend, or a loved one or family member wants to take an electronic project to the next level, the WIRELESS level – Xbee is a fantastic choice! What is Xbee? XBee modems are one of the easiest ways to create a wireless point-to-point or mesh network. They have error correction, are configured with AT commands, come in multiple flavors and can create a wireless serial link out of the box! We like to use them with Arduinos or with projects like wireless power meters.