NEW PRODUCT – Arduino Micro with Headers – 5V 16MHz – (ATmega32u4 – assembled). Squee! It’s the cutest, tiniest little Arduino yet! The Arduino Micro packs all of the power of the Arduino Leonardo in a 1.9″ x 0.7″ (48mm x 18mm) size. Although it may look like a stick of gum, its actually a USB-native 8-bit microcontroller, with 32K of flash, and 2.5K of RAM. You can program it directly via the USB micro connector on one end (or for the advanced users, the 6-pin ISP header). The Arduino Micro is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega32u4 (datasheet), developed in conjunction with Arduino.cc and Adafruit.
Onboard is the processor, crystal, USB connection with fuse, Reset button, ISP low-level reprogramming header, ON LED, TX and RX LEDs, a extra user pin #13 LED, and a 3.3V regulator.
You can use it for basic Arduino sketches as well as USB client projects like making it appear as a mouse or keyboard to your computer!
Although it is not shield compatible – it does have all the same pins as a Leonardo. Its best for when you want to shrink your project down or use it on a breadboard.
This version of the Micro comes with headers pre-soldered on and runs at 5V logic with a 16MHz crystal.
As we re-boot and get back to business after being without power, net, heat, etc for the last week. We’ll do a series of posts about what we’re doing to not only help our employees displaced by Sandy but what we’re doing in the local area and NYC to help people and businesses. One employee is going to stay at another place for a bit, their apartment might not be habitable for awhile, we’re going to cover the rent for them while they get back on their feet with a new place – all employees, hourly and part time are getting paid for the week we were out as well. We had one new person who was going to start on Monday of last week but could not, we’re going to give them a week’s pay so they don’t need to worry about any bills piling up.
On a more tasty note – One of the hardest hit types of business around here in NYC were the restaurants, we’re trying to see which ones could use a boost as we work some late hours and get delivery or stop in. We’ll try and see who needs some business in our area and post about them here too.
Pictured above, Ladyada packed up and heading out.
Dear community and customers,
Power is out at both Adafruit locations in New York City (10038 & 10013). The buildings are secure and locked down, but without power, there’s no net, no elevators, no access, no lights, no nothing. UPS and USPS have contacted us, they are not doing pickups or deliveries in our area. We expect shipping to resume this weekend or early next week.
This is a disaster, they were not kidding. Like millions others, we are dealing with the aftermath of Sandy.
I live in the area affected so we’re heading uptown to find power and internet to keep customers updated. The Adafruit staff is staying home until our factory location has power.
We will work overtime and around the clock once the power is back on to fulfill your orders.
Hurricane Sandy : Public Advisory (updated). There is a massive storm that is about to hit the East Coast of the USA. It’s expected to be one of the biggest storms / Hurricanes ever. There may be transportation shut downs, we are doing everything we can in preparation and planning for Hurricane Sandy. We’ll keep you updated via the Adafruit blog, Twitter, Google+ and more – our #1 mission is to make sure our Adafruit staff stays safe and of course provide you with the best customer service.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a severe weather system tropical storm / destructive “superstorm” now called hurricane Sandy in east coast region, USA. Orders are delayed and shipping services are impacted by the weather.
*************ORDERS ARE NOT SHIPPING on 10/29/2012 or 10/30/2012 or 10/31/2012 **The postal service *AND* UPS have canceled pick up and delivery in the region. Your order will ship once the services resume!*****************
Hurricane Sandy Causing Delays Along Eastern Seaboard
As Hurricane Sandy barrels ashore, UPS remains committed to the safety of our employees and the protection and delivery of your shipments. We are moving shipments to their final destinations as quickly as possible and making every effort to deliver to all areas where conditions permit.
Severe weather has already impacted service in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
We’re working to redirect shipments and secure facilities, equipment, vehicles, and aircraft, and UPS meteorologists continue to monitor the storm.
We will continue to give you the most up-to-date information on ups.com, so check frequently for new developments and tracking statuses.
The UPS package guarantee does not apply when transportation networks are disrupted due to causes beyond UPS’s control.
Ok makers, we have a great offer! For a limited time only and while supplies last – any order over $350 will get a Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB RAM. The $350 does not include shipping and this is just for online customers (not resellers/distributors/hackerspaces). Limit 1 per customer.
This is an experiment for us, so we’ll see how it goes!
The weekly – SHOW AND TELL is now on the Adafruit Industries Google+ page! We will be asking all the folks in the +Limor Fried (ladyada) show-and-tell circle to re-add themselves to the +Adafruit show-and-tell circle shortly. We’re moving the show-and-tell to the +Adafruit page so more of our staff can run the show-and-tells. For example, we’ll have a wearable electronics / FLORA themed one with Becky and a 3D printing themed one with Matt.
NEW PRODUCT – Raspberry Pi Single Board Linux Computer – Model B Revision 1.0, code 2. The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. The design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 128 or 256 Megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage. This board is intended to run Linux kernel based operating systems.
This is the Model B Revision 1.0, code 2 Rasperry Pi® and contains 256MB RAM memory, two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller.
As typical of modern computers, generic USB keyboards and mice are compatible with the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi use Linux-kernel based operating systems. The Raspberry Pi does not come with a real-time clock, so an OS must use a network time server, or ask the user for time information at boot time to get access to time and date info for file time and date stamping. However a real time clock (such as the DS1307) with battery backup can be easily added via the I2C interface.
This is the last day to vote for Limor “ladyada” Fried for “Entrepreneur of 2012″ (she is one of five finalists). Voting is via Facebook (http://www.entrepreneur.com/e2012#1341) or you can text 170116 to 22333 TO VOTE FOR LIMOR! Thank you to everyone who has voted so far!
Hello! I’m Matt Griffin, and I’m thrilled to be diving into this team as Adafruit’s director of community support and evangelism. Those of you who have ventured into the wild open seas of DIY 3D printing might have encountered me in my former position as MakerBot’s Community Manager, building that community one human+robot at a time since late 2009. Working at Adafruit is going to be really exciting. I’m looking forward to getting to know, well, all of you and your incredible projects more intimately in the coming months.
While I’m away from my tools and such for a proper show-and-tell, I wanted to point out two projects of mine I shared on Thingiverse that speak to my passion for using computers, robots, and tools as collaborators when creating art or documenting experiences.
A few years back, a colleague of mine, Will Langford, designed the Unicorn toolhead to transform a MakerBot 3D printer into a pen-plotter. One element to the design that from some perspectives could be seen as a flaw, was the tendency of the pen-gripping carriage to torque a teensy little bit on its slider due to resistance created by the pen nib pressing against the paper. As it happened, this unexpected twisting behavior ended up granting the resulting pieces a hand-drawn, natural illustrative feel far different than the stair-stepped curves and technical illustration feel of most DIY pen-plotters.
I went wild for a bit plotting all sorts of vector art that I pulled into Inkscape and prepped for printing with the project that became Marty McGuire’s Unicorn G-Code Extension for Inkscape. As I got to know how the machine would respond, I began creating my own pen-plotter illustrations to suit it strengths, including the two images below!
Ok makers, we have a great offer! For a limited time only and while supplies last – any order over $350 will get a free Raspberry Pi. The $350 does not include shipping or tax and this is just for online customers (not resellers/distributors/hackerspaces or purchase orders).
This is an experiment for us, so we’ll see how it goes!
We have some very big news – Limor “Ladyada” Fried is a finalist for “ENTREPRENEUR OF 2012″. She was nominated, and then selected from many amazing people & great companies – later it was narrowed down to 5 finalists. This is a fantastic collection of entrepreneurs, be sure to visit each one. Out of the 5 finalists, Adafruit is one of the smallest and youngest companies (and Limor is the only woman in all categories) we’re a bit of an underdog, but that’s how we like it
The voting is via Facebook, we realize that is a barrier for some folks in our community – but if you’ve enjoying learn and building with Adafruit we’d appreciate a vote if you do use Facebook. Seeing our Ladyada, Adafruit, open-source and open-source hardware celebrated as an entrepreneurial endeavor is very exciting. Thank you everyone who has helped us get here every step along the way as always.
Below is the press release.
LIMOR “LADYADA” FRIED, FOUNDER & ENGINEER OF ADAFRUIT INDUSTRIES, SELECTED AS FINALIST IN ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE’S ENTREPRENEUR OF 2012 CONTEST PRESENTED BY THE UPS STORE Each Online Vote Gets Candidates Closer to Coveted Title
(Irvine, CA) August 07, 2012 – Limor “Ladyada” Fried, founder & engineer of Adafruit Industries, has just been announced as one of five finalists for the Entrepreneur of 2012 contest presented by The UPS Store®, the most prestigious award bestowed upon entrepreneurs today. Now through September 17, the business community can vote for Ladyada to become the Entrepreneur of 2012.
“This is an unprecedented group of finalists,” says Amy Cosper, VP/editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “How the small-business community votes will indicate which finalists fellow entrepreneurs draw the most inspiration from, and that insight will be critical to us when making the final selection of winners.”
To see Ladyada’s full business profile and video—and to vote, go to entrepreneur.com/e2012. Finalists will receive a percentage of points based on the number of online votes they receive, which together with voting points allocated to each of the panel of judges will determine the final winners.
You want to get hacking with your Pi fast, right? Get everything you need to start with the Adafruit Starter Pack for Raspberry Pi. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your new Pi, everything you need to get a distro image loaded and running. THIS PACK DOES NOT INCLUDE A RASPBERRY PI
Over $82 in parts, now at a 15% discount – only $69.95 !
5V 1A power adapter – this ain’t no regular USB power plug! We had these custom made specifically for use with embedded Linux machines like the Pi. It provides clean 1A minimum with 5.25V to overcome the 0.25V drop of the USB cable
USB TTL console cable – The easiest method by far to talk to the Pi – simply connect the black, green and white wires to the GPIO header and connect using a terminal program! Connect the red wire to also provide power.
Embroidered Raspberry Pi badge – beautiful jewel-tone embroided badges are made with solar power and are iron on. Adafruit supports the Raspberry Pi foundation with donations and have permission to make these badges.
Introducing the Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro – Our tweaked distribution for teaching electronics using the Raspberry PI. Adafruit loves the new Raspberry Pi – especially how easy it is to hack circuits using the electronics breakout pins! But sadly, the latest official distro “July 15 Raspbian Wheezy” did not have many of the delicious hackables built in. That’s why we decided to roll our own distribution.
Our distro is based on “Wheezy” but comes with hardware SPI, I2C, one wire, and WiFi support for our wifi adapters. It also has some things to make overall hacking easier such sshd on startup (with key generation on first boot) and Bonjour (so you can simply ssh raspberrypi.local from any computer on the local network).
This is our first distro, Occidentalis v0.1. Rubus occidentalis is the black raspberry. It is derived from Raspbian Wheezy July 15.
We have made a few key changes to make it more hardware-hacker friendly!
NEW PRODUCT – MCP4725 Breakout Board – 12-Bit DAC w/I2C Interface. Your microcontroller probably has an ADC (analog -> digital converter) but does it have a DAC (digital -> analog converter)??? Now it can! This breakout board features the easy-to-use MCP4725 12-bit DAC. Control it via I2C and send it the value you want it to output, and the VOUT pin will have it. Great for audio / analog projects, such as when you can’t use PWM but need a sine wave or adjustable bias point.
We break out the ADDR pin so you can connect two of these DACs on one I2C bus, just tie the ADDR pin of one high to keep it from conflicting. Also included is a 6-pin header, for use in a breadboard. Works with both 3.3V or 5V logic.
Some nice extras with this chip: for chips that have 3.4Mbps Fast Mode I2C (Arduino’s don’t) you can update the Vout at ~200 KHz. There’s an EEPROM so if you write the output voltage, you can ‘store it’ so if the device is power cycled it will restore that voltage. The output voltage is rail-to-rail and proportional to the power pin so if you run it from 3.3V, the output range is 0-3.3V. If you run it from 5V the output range is 0-5V.