Weekly Roundup #55: New Maker Products // News

AdaFruit, Seeed, SparkFun, DFRobot, DigiKey

Sonoff iFan02

WR-NMP55p31Over at ITEAD, they have come out with the Sonoff iFan02. This replaces a standard FAN control mechanism with a WiFi enabled one. Provides three fan speeds and dimming control over a light as well as an IR remote.

ENC28J60 overlay hat

WR-NMP55p32If you’re stuck for Ethernet based connectivity on a Pi Zero, then this simple board provides the standard ENC28J60 Ethernet IC as a simple Pi hat.

MT3620 Dev Board

WR-NMP55p33They also have an MT3620 development board available on pre-order. This is an Azure Sphere compliant board therefore runs the Azure Sphere O/S and provides 45 GPIOs for hacking around with.

LTE Cat 1 Pi HAT

WR-NMP55p34Mobile connectivity boards are still fairly expensive, but coming down in price. This Pi hat runs the U-blox LARA-R203 module giving you LTE CAT1 with a fallback to 2G. Access is over USB or UART and they’ve thrown in a couple of Grove ports as well.


WR-NMP55p35Then there’s the Wio LTE, which is a board giving you LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT. It runs an STM32 breaking out 6 Grove ports and an SD slot. It can be programmed up with the Arduino IDE, MBed or Espruino.

ItsyBitsy M4 Express

WR-NMP55p36AdaFruit have come out with the ItsyBitsy M4 Express. Sporting the almost new SAMD51 MCU. This is a step up from the humble SAMD21, giving you a 120MHz Cortex M4, 512KB flash and 192KB RAM. The board also has an additional 2MB SPI flash allowing you to run CircuitPython code.

Pixy2 CMUcam5

WR-NMP55p37Over at SparkFun, they have the Pixy2 CMUcam5. This is a step up from the previous version giving you 60 FPS object detection and tracking at 1296 by 976 resolution.

MLX90640 IR array

WR-NMP55p38They also have in the MLX90640 IR array, which is an array of 32 by 24 thermopile sensors. It’s essentially a cheaper version of the FLIR based thermal cameras.


WR-NMP55p39DFRobot has a cheaper version of their high end LIDAR. For US$99 you get a LIDAR with a range of 12m and 8,000 sample points at 10Hz. Access is via USB.

FireBeetle media board

WR-NMP55p40And a FireBeetle media cover that has an NAU8822 audio CODEC allowing recording audio from the on-board MIC and an OV7725 based MIPI-CSI camera.

Sunflower Solar Power Manager

WR-NMP55p41The Sunflower is a pretty decent Solar Power Manager board. It allows charging a battery using MPPT from a 7 to 30v solar panel input with a maximum charge current of 2A. It also provides three regulated outputs; 1A at 3.3v, 1.5A at 5v and 500mA at 12v, and contains all the usual power protection circuitry. A pretty decent board.

FireBeetle OSD

WR-NMP55p42If you are playing around with composite video sources, then this FireBeetle cover will allow you to overlay OSD text on to an AV input signal at up to 540 by 192 pixels.

LattePanda Delta 432

WR-NMP55p43The LattePanda Delta was a successful Kickstarter a while back. DFRobot are now putting this up as a pre-order. The US$168 version runs the 2.4GHz quad-core Intel N4100 CPU, with 4G DDR4 RAM, 32G eMMC, two M.2 key slots, GbE, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3 USB3.0, 100 GPIOs, yes 100 GPIOs, and 4K/60Hz capable HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
Really, bang for your buck is pretty good with this little baby.
There’s also the LattePanda Alpha 8G, which is more of a powerhouse running an Intel i7, with 8G DDR3 RAM and all the same GPIOs as the Delta.

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