Weekly Roundup #53 – New Maker Products // News


AdaFruit, Seeed, SparkFun, DFRobot, DigiKey

Sonoff Pow R2

WR-NMP53p35Over at Itead they are selling an updated version of the Sonoff POW called the R2. This upgrade provides user-configurable overload protection, live current and voltage readings and 99% measurement accuracy.

ReSpeaker Core v2.0

WR-NMP53p36And at Seeed Studio they have on pre-order the ReSpeaker Core v2.0. This upgrade looks more like an SBC as it now contains the RK3229 SoC with 1G RAM, 4G eMMC, SD slot, HDMI out, WiFi and 100MbE. Apart from that everything else is identical to it’s predecessor with 6 mic array, LEDs and Grove ports.

Eagleye 530s

WR-NMP53p37Way back in Weekly Roundup #38 we saw the Artik 530 starter kit. Well now Seeed Studio, in conjunction with Samsung, have available for pre-order the Eagleye 530. This is a Pi form factor SBC, what else, running the Artik 530 SoC with 1G RAM, 4G eMMC, WiFi, Bluetooth, GbE and ZigBee with everything else almost identical to the Pi. Except power is provided by DC jack, which is a good move. Or if you’re really desperate you can still use a micro USB port.

MDDS30 Cytron SmartDriveDuo

WR-NMP53p38They also have their Cytron SmartDriveDuo, which is a DC motor driver that can handle up to 80A peak and 30A continuous on two channels. Has on-board MOSFETs that are switched at 18kHz to reduce noise and handles all the thermal and current overload protection for you. So all you have to do is control it via RC, PWM or UART.

AS7262 6-channel visible light sensor

WR-NMP53p39Over at AdaFruit they have their AS7262 based 6 channel visible light sensor breakout which allows sensing red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet colour intensities. Access is over UART using plain old AT commands.

Magnetic Imaging Tile

WR-NMP53p40SparkFun have this pretty cool magnetic imaging tile that was designed by Peter Jansen. It contains an array of 64 hall effect sensors that convert magnetic fields to a visible spectrum.

Helium Atom Module

WR-NMP53p41SparkFun are also getting into Helium in a big way.
No, not that type of Helium but this type of Helium, which consists of a module called an Atom running a SAMR2 and SkyWorks FEM. It’s similar to LoRa in that it’s a long range, low power device.

Helium Ethernet Starter Kit

WR-NMP53p42You can get Helium starter kits which interface to a Raspberry Pi or Arduino providing a gateway between the Internet and the Helium network.

Helium Element Access Point

WR-NMP53p43Or you can also get a standalone Ethernet to Helium gateway.

Fingerprint Scanner

WR-NMP53p44They also have in an updated fingerprint scanner. This module can scan and store up to 200 fingerprints in any rotation and requires only 1.5 seconds for recognition. Access via standard UART.

Tic T500 USB Stepper Motor Controller

WR-NMP53p45Over at Pololu they have in a stepper motor controller capable of driving a 4.5 to 35v stepper with quadrature encoder input and control over USB, UART, I2C, RC and analog voltage.


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