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January 5, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit’s Top 10 New Products of 2014 #AdafruitTopTen

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Every year Adafruit counts down our most popular posts of the year using the hashtag #AdafruitTopTen. These are the top 10 most critical NEW PRODUCTS moments of 2014 (listed in no particular order)!

Special shoutout to the New Products team, Andrew Tingle our master photographer, all makers, hackers, artists, engineers who make the amazing products that we post about, and of course, LadyAda.

We’ve added a ton, but here’s the pick of the litter:



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1. Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit – v1.0

Never be bored again with an adorable little arcade cabinet you can fit in your bag! This Raspberry Pi-powered kit combines our sharp PiTFT 2.8″ display, mini thumbstick, and mini arcade push buttons and a whole bunch of components to create the most adorable arcade cabinet in the known universe.

Read more on the product page!



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2. Raspberry Pi Model B+ 512MB RAM / Raspberry Pi Model A+ 256MB RAM

OMG OMG OMG, did you hear? There are a couple of new Raspberry Pis in town!

Read more on their product pages!



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3. Adafruit Pro Trinket – 5V 16MHz / Adafruit Pro Trinket – 3V 12MHz

Trinket’s got twin big sisters in town! The Pro Trinket 5V and the Pro Trinket 3V combine everything you love about Trinket with the familiarity of the common core Arduino chip, the ATmega328. It’s like an Arduino Pro Mini with more pins and USB tossed in, so delicious.

Read more on their product pages!



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4. Adafruit FONA – Mini Cellular GSM Breakout uFL Version – v1 / Adafruit FONA – Mini Cellular GSM Breakout – SMA Version – v1

Ring, Ring! Who’s that callin’? It’s your breadboard! Introducing Adafruit FONA MiniGSM, an adorable all-in-one cellular phone module that lets you add voice, text, SMS and data to your project in an adorable little package.

Read more on their product pages!



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5. Element 14 BeagleBone Black Rev C – 4GB – Pre-installed Debian – Element 14 Version

In 2014 we starting carrying the Element 14 version of the BeagleBone Black Rev C, and now we always have BeagleBones in stock! Yayyyyy!

Read more on the product page!



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6. Adafruit PiTFT 2.2″ HAT Mini Kit – 320×240 2.2″ TFT – No Touch

The cute PiTFT got even more adorable with this little primary display for Raspberry Pi in HAT form! It features a 2.2″ display with 320×240 16-bit color pixels. The HAT uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top of your Model A+ or B+ and fits into our case quite nicely.

Read more on the product page!



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7. Adafruit “Music Maker” MP3 Shield for Arduino w/3W Stereo Amp – v1.0 / Adafruit “Music Maker” MP3 Shield for Arduino (MP3/Ogg/WAV…)

Bend all audio files to your will with the Adafruit Music Maker shield for Arduino! This powerful shield features the VS1053, an encoding/decoding (codec) chip that can decode a wide variety of audio formats such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, MIDI, FLAC, WAV (PCM and ADPCM). It can also be used to record audio in both PCM (WAV) and compressed Ogg Vorbis. You can do all sorts of stuff with the audio as well such as adjusting bass, treble, and volume digitally.

Read more on their product pages!



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8. Pi Model B+ Case Base – Various Colors / Raspberry Pi Model B+ Case Lid – Various Colors

Now that we have The Single Greatest Raspberry Pi Model B+ Case Ever – we decided to make it even better by adding COLORS!!!!!

Take any base and click on any lid.

Read more on their product pages!



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9. NeoPixel Jewel – 7 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers

Be the belle of the ball with the NeoPixel Jewel! We fit seven of our the tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGB LEDs onto a beautiful, round PCB with mounting holes and a chainable design to create what we think is our most elegant (and evening-wear appropriate) NeoPixel board yet.

Read more on the product page!



Last but not least…
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10. Gakken Kits!

Gakken is a Japanese publishing company founded in 1946. In the 1970s, they began selling educational toys, books, magazines, and science for adults kits. Their kits are known for their smart design and relative ease of use and have a large cult following both in Japan and the United States.

Our wide selection of Gakken kits make great gift ideas for the holiday season whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just a young buck in the DIY maker stratosphere!

Read more on our Gakken page, and check out my Holiday Gift Guide on my favorite Gakken Kits!


Happy new year! And may 2015 bring us many more glorious products to brag about! …Or at least 15 of them 🙂


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