These LED panels take care of all the work of making a big matrix display. Each panel has six 8×8 red matrix modules, for a 16×24 matrix. The panel has a HT1632C chip on the back with does all the multiplexing work for you and has a 3-pin SPI-like serial interface to talk to it and set LEDs on or off. There’s a few extras as well, such as being able to change the brightness of the entire display, or blink the entire display at 1 Hz.
One really nice thing about this particular LED matrix module is that it is designed to be ‘chainable’ – you can connect to 8 panels together to make an extra long display.
PaperDude VR is built in Unity with 3D assets created in 3D studio and textured in Photoshop. The KickR sensor detects the speed of the bike and has the ability to provide programatically controlled resistance. The KickR communicates speed and cadence through bluetooth to a nearby iPad which updates our app over OSC.
The Oculus Rift VR headset lets you look around your scene in a full 360 degrees and allows you to focus your newspaper aim. The Kinect controller tracks the positions of your hands and arms, and detects the paper-throwing gesture.
These are just 2 of our distributors in the North America region, make sure to visit the Adafruit distributor page to view all! We will be spotlighting Adafruit resellers from around the world on a regular basis!
We recently updated our distributor, reseller and hackerspace pricing! Now, 1 quantity has UP TO a 30% discount off many items, this is allows you to get a great discount by just ordering 1 of something. Great for folks who just want to try 1 item of each of something out in their store, etc. As always, once you order 50+ or more of something the discount goes UP TO 40% off many items as well. Note! *Not ALL items have reseller pricing, reseller pricing is for items we can discount for our resellers. We are adding more all the time! Remember, the minimum order is $250 per order, not including shipping.
We have a very easy reseller program and would love to have more great people & companies as a distributors/resellers/hackerspaces. Our products are high-quality and we think they’re the best engineered & designed in the market. How can you be a distributor? Just fill our form here, keep in mind the following questions!
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We’ll be adding more features for resellers in 2013 enjoy! To become a distributor, click here.
In a season that has seen a number of large retailers, including Staples (US and EUR separately) and Tesco (UK) set to test 3D printers and 3D printing services to join their predominantly 2D printing offerings, UPS today announced that UPS Stores will offer a 3D printing service specifically to support Start-Ups and Small Business Owners.
There are a handful of major retailers still to announce their alignments to this or that 3D printing company or service — who will be next? Office Max? PetSmart? 7-11? And with Amazon and eBay both seeing tremendous 3D printing accessories and machine sales, will there be a new list … those retailers left behind by 3D printing?
The UPS Store® today announced it is the first nationwide retailer to test 3D printing services in-store. Select UPS Store locations will be offering the services to start-ups, small businesses and retail customers, beginning in the San Diego area with locations in additional cities across the United States in the near future.
A recent poll of small business owners conducted by The UPS Store showed high interest in trying the services, particularly for those needing to create prototypes, artistic renderings or promotional materials.
“Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store. “By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, we’re able to help further our small business customers’ opportunities for success.”
The UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, which according to Stratasys is most well-known for its ability to print detailed objects more accurately than home 3D printers. Stratasys notes that this is particularly important when parts need to fit into each other or fit some other object. With this printer, The UPS Store locations will be equipped to produce items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables…..
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
“Businesses can manufacture the open design as is, or create products derived from it. Those sellers can then kickback a portion of their sales back to the designer. Tindie will handle the disbursement of funds so it’s absolutely painless. For designers, there are no fees, no hosting costs, just a simple way to reap the benefits of their hard work”
NEW PRODUCT – Pocket Socket 2 – Hand-Crank Power Outlet – The Pocket Socket 2 is a hand-cranked generator that provides electrical power on the go! It is perfect for anyone who needs to charge a portable electronic device immediately, but does not have access to a wall outlet. From the business traveler to outdoor enthusiast, commuting student to emergency personnel, the Pocket Socket is a great eco-friendly source for emergency backup power. Fully functional anytime, anywhere, it lets you charge a wide variety of electronic devices, including, but not limited to, your cell phone, mp3 player, camera, GPS, or tablet. If you need an adapter included to convert to European two pin standard from US, please let us know.
Handy for all sorts of DIY projects, and with a switching wall-adapter/converter you can get fairly-efficiant conversion to 5V, 9V, 12V, etc. Remember, when you stop cranking, it stops powering, so for many uses you would want to use this as a way of charging up a battery.
The proto-screwshield is the ultimate breakout board for an Arduino. It combines a prototyping shield with a full set of 3.5mm screw terminal blocks. The protoshield part lets you build custom circuitry and then you can easily & securely connect wires and sensors to the terminal blocks. Great for panel mounts, buttons, sensors, enclosures etc.
For blue-glow lovers, this is a graphical VFD with 128×64 bit resolution and a stunning high-brightness/high-contrast look. This module would be a great addition to any project where readability is a must – you can read it in daylight, and at any angle.
On Ask an engineer we debuted the Adafruit Trinket (video above 43:34). Skip to the 43 minute, 34 second section to see and hear all about it, the prototypes are done and tested (pictured above). We will be shipping very soon!
If you have a project with any audio, video, graphics, data logging, etc in it, you’ll find that having a removable storage option is essential. Most microcontrollers have extremely limited built-in storage. For example, even the Arduino Mega chip (the Atmega2560) has a mere 4Kbytes of EEPROM storage. There’s more flash (256K) but you can’t write to it as easily and you have to be careful if you want to store information in flash that you don’t overwrite the program itself!
Inside the Chromecast it’s also a simple affair, I took a look at the FCC disclosure for the Chromecast which had internal images up right after the event, and noted inclusion of a Marvell 88DE3005 SoC andAzureWave NH–387 WiFi combo chip. On the backside is 512 MB of Micron DDR3L memory and 2 GB of flash. The antenna for the WiFi combo is printed on the PCB off to the side, there’s no diversity or anything special, just a single PCB antenna.
Here at iFixit, we promote only the healthiest of lifestyles. We eat our vegetables at least once per week, and we never eat pizza two days in a row (unless it’s leftovers, of course). One might go so far as to call us health freaks. We would not argue.
But we are iFixit, so of course we’re sacrificing our fitness ambitions for science. We ripped into Fitbit’s newest pedometer/heart rate monitor/sleep tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We’re about to find out.