Weekly Roundup #27 – New Maker Products // News

This rainy, wet week hasn’t dampened any new Maker Products, with a handful of goodies still showing up.

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MS5837-30BA Pressure Sensor

WR-NMP27-01The first one is a simple Kickstarter providing a breakout for the MS5837 pressure sensor, which seems to be quite a nice sensor. I haven’t used one of these before, but has 0 to 30 bar range sampling at up to 500uS at 24it resolution. And only draws 0.6uA. Hmm nice. It’s an expensive sensor, but you get what you pay for.

Makeblock Neuron

WR-NMP27-02Makeblock is another one of those plug and play block type connecty thingies that connect magnetically and talk to each other via small pogo pins. They have a fairly complete list of modules; from WiFi, Bluetooth, to buttons, knobs, voice recognition, to cameras, and more sensors you can poke a stick at, to motor drivers, buzzers, and displays. Programming is via Blockly, mBlock, but they have also released an open SDK which plays nice with Node and Javascript. They also offer a cloud service. Looks to be one of the better ones out there.


WR-NMP27-03Kancy is a fancy name for a WiFi based mains power controller. It’s a pretty simple concept. It sits in between the mains power and the device you want to control. So that means you can retrofit it to a light switch and have automatic control.
My big concern is that their campaign assumes that you can DIY your own mains wiring, which in almost every country is illegal to do unlicensed.

Keigan Motor

WR-NMP27-04Keigan is an all-in-one motor and controller with inbuilt WiFi, LiPo battery, IMU, rotary encoder, and has accurate position, speed and torque control. So you can also use it as an input device to program movement of another motor. They are pretty expensive, but pretty decent for what you’re getting.


WR-NMP27-05Pebby is… Oh great, you included another robotic pet sitter? What’s so good about this one? It’s just a ball that moves around with camera and WiFi. Oh a laser! Cute. So you can annoy your pets as well. About as useful as this weather we’re having.


OK. Then moving on to IndieGoGo. Is there anything remotely interesting. Seems to be!

LicheePi Zero

WR-NMP27-06There’s the LicheePi Zero! $6! Nice! This is a very small Linux based board similar to the previous LicheePi, but has the Allwinner A3 Cortex-A7 which is capable of running from 1GHz down to 24MHz using only 0.1A. Linux kernel is at 4.10, even better, and has onboard SD slot that can also house a WiFi board. Has 27 GPIO ports with the usual compliment of UARTs, SPI, I2C, MIPI-CSI and RGB LCD. This is one nice board, but remember it one only has 64MB RAM, so like the Omega2 and several other boards; you’ll have to get used to working with low memory.


Over at Crowd Supply …


WR-NMP27-07… there’s a small ePaper display in pre-launch called Paperino. It contains an accelerometer that can wake up your MCU for ultra low power applications.


WR-NMP27-08Then there’s Aeroscope in pre-launch which is… oh… a bit of plastic with an alligator clip attached. Why don’t they put more information on these pages?


Embedded World 2017

WR-NMP27-09There’s a whole bunch of new boards being released, but haven’t yet had any price tag attached. I tend to not put these in the weekly roundup, but a lot of these will be displayed at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremburg, Germany. So, check out their website when you get the chance.


Over at Tindie the weather hasn’t dampened anyone’s spirits.

Minstrel ZX80 Clone

WR-NMP27-10There’s another blast from the past. This is probably the most accurate ZX80 clone I’ve seen in a long while.
It’s pretty expensive, but if you like to reminisce, there you have it.

Screw Terminal Shield for Raspberry Pi

WR-NMP27-11and sometimes you just need to have screw terminals on your PI. This one does just that for you.


WR-NMP27-12Now this is an unusual, but really useful idea. WonderBeeps allows you to control up to 16 outputs based on an ordinary tone being generated. So it’s like audible frequency range wireless remote control. This means that you can control anything via anything that carries audio waves; mobile, landline telephone, or whistling if you want. An interesting idea.

AdaFruit, Seeed, SparkFun, DFRobot, DigiKey

Seems the weather hasn’t stopped AdaFruit from adding some new products although they are having shipping delays.

TPL5110 Low Power Timer Breakout

WR-NMP27-13The TPL5110 is a small stand-alone power timer. So it’ll sit there drawing only 20uA until the timer kicks in and powers up whatever device you have attached. You set the wake up time from 100mS to 2 hours.

DotStar High Density 8×8 Grid

WR-NMP27-14There’s also a high density 8×8 RGB LED board using the DotStar LEDs which are driven over SPI. A much better way to control LEDs than the WS2812 method.

Pimoroni Picade HAT

WR-NMP27-15They also have the Pimoroni arcade hat in stock that gives you everything you need for arcade glory. It’s very similar to the Pi Zero bonnet from a couple of weeks ago.

Adafruit Perma Proto Bonnet

WR-NMP27-16And something for your new Pi Zero W. Some protoboard space!

Digital Loggers PLDuino

WR-NMP27-17If you have some industrial projects in mind then this product seems to have everything you need. It’s based on the ATmega2560, but also contains an ESP8266, and 2.4″ TFT touch screen. It’s expensive, but you’re getting a fairly robust platform that is designed for industrial applications.

WiFiBee MT7681

WR-NMP27-18Over at DFRobot there’s a small XBee module based on the MediaTek MT7681 WiFi module. Supports OTA programming and also access point mode.

The Cheap Side

Over where it’s probably sunny and dry…

X800 2.5″ SATA for Raspberry Pi

WR-NMP27-19BangGood have the X800 SATA enclosure for the Raspberry Pi, which allows you to attach a 2.5″ drive and power your PI at the same time.

Beginner Starter Kit For Arduino

WR-NMP27-20This beginner kit is pretty expensive, but for what you get in it, will last you for a very long time. You get an Arduino Uno, Mega2560, Nano v3, and Uno, along with a bucket load of extras that actually ends up being pretty good value.

I2C 0.69″ Blue OLED

WR-NMP27-21While EleCrow have a small .69″ OLED driven by I2C and powered from either 3.3 or 5 volts.

Crowtail- VL53L0x Laser Ranging Sensor

WR-NMP27-22Also an alternate version of AdaFruit’s VL53L0 laser range sensor.

MT7688 Core Board Widora-Bit WIFI Module

WR-NMP27-23and yet another board based on the MediaTek MT7688 SoC, which is used in the Omega2 and a bunch of other boards hitting the market.

Power monitors

WR-NMP27-24If you’re in need of any power monitors, then ICstation have a bunch of them in stock in various ranges and using either direct inline sensing or via current transformer.

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