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January 6, 2017 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit’s Top Ten New Products of 2016 #AdafruitTopTen

Below is a roundup of our Top Ten New Products as indicated by blog views about these products – so not sales themselves, but the blogs that generated the buzz! And that in and of itself says something.

Our Feather line made two appearances – for both the LoRa radio and the Feather’s inclusion in AdaBox001.

The Pi Zero also claimed two accompanying spots, with the range of pHATs made by Pimoroni as well as the PaPiRus Zero e-paper pHAT. The Raspberry Pi brand made a few additional scores, with both the Pi-Top, and PiGRRL 2.0 kit and custom gamepad.

The Teensy 3.5/3.6 and Espressif ESP32 Development Board (in addition to the already-mentioned boards) highlight the trend towards boards and modules in this form factor, design, and power. It’s a great time to be a maker!

And last but not least: knowledge is power. (Is there an Ohm’s Law equivalent for that expression? There should be!) Volume 3 of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components was released. Compiled by Charles Platt and Fredrik Jansson this volume (I highly recommend volumes 1 & 2 as well – I’m looking at them now on my shelf as I type!) will take your electrical and electronics skill to the next level, for life. You want this book in your library.


Espressif ESP32 Development Board – Developer Edition

The ESP8266 started a small revolution by bringing WiFi to a small and cheap package that also had enough processing power and enough pins to get small things done. Now get ready to take your bite-sized WiFi capabilities to the next level with the ESP32 Development Board!

The development board breaks out all the module’s pins to 0.1″ headers and provides a CP2102 USB-TTL serial adapter, programming and reset buttons, and a power regulator to supply the ESP32 with a stable 3.3 V. Espressif doubled-down on the CPU resources for the ESP32 with a dual core, running at 160MHz and tons more pins and peripherals.


Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 3

Want to know how to use an electronic component? The Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Vol. 3 by Charles Platt and Fredrik Jansson includes key information on electronics parts for your projects–complete with photographs, schematics, and diagrams. You’ll learn what each one does, how it works, why it’s useful, and what variants exist. No matter how much you know about electronics, you’ll find fascinating details you’ve never come across before.


A Laptop Kit for Raspberry Pi B+ / Pi 2 / Pi 3


Teensy 3.5 / Teensy 3.6

The awesome new Teensy 3.5 and Teensy 3.6 are small, breadboard-friendly development boards designed by Paul Stoffregen and PJRC. They bring a low-cost 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 platform to hobbyists, students and engineers, using an adapted version of the Arduino IDE (Teensyduino) or programming directly in C language. Teensy 3.5 and 3.6 are upgrades over 3.2, for when you need even more power!


Pimoroni PiHATs for Raspberry Pi Zero – pHAT DAC / Scroll pHAT – 11×5 LED Matrix / Explorer pHAT

Read more about each of these HATs here.


Adafruit Feather M0 w/ RFM LoRa Radio

Feather is the new development board from Adafruit, and like its namesake it is thin, light, and lets you fly! We designed Feather to be a new standard for portable microcontroller cores.

This is the Adafruit Feather M0 RFM95 LoRa Radio – our take on an microcontroller with a “Long Range (LoRa)” packet radio transceiver with built in USB and battery charging. Its an Adafruit Feather M0 with a 900MHz radio module cooked in! Great for making wireless networks that are more flexible than Bluetooth LE and without the high power requirements of WiFi. We have other boards in the Feather family, check’em out here.


PiGRRL 2.0 Kit Pack – Build your own Pi Game Emulator!

For all those who feared their Game Boy days would be but a memory, worry no more! The Game Boy may be dead, but with this pack you’ll have a chance to revive it. We’ve collected all the right parts so you can assemble the guts of your very own DIY GameGRRL – a portable Raspberry Pi running MAME and NES emulators.


PiGRRL 2.0 Custom Gamepad PCB

This is the Custom Gamepad PCB for the PiGRRL 2 pack! The board is designed for use in portable gaming projects like the PiGRRL 2 but it’s basically everything-you-need to make your very own DIY gaming project with GPIO input.


AdaBox001: Welcome to the Feather Ecosystem

Do not be fooled by this unassuming black box – it was our first subscription product launch, and contained everything inside to get up-and-running with our Feather ecosystem, including projects and sample code, breadboard lessons, and more. No soldering required as the parts in this kit were already prepared.

If you missed out on the subscription, fear not as AdaBox001 is now available as a standalone product!


Pi Supply PaPiRus Zero ePaper/eInk pHAT v1.2

PaPiRus Zero is an ePaper / eInk screen pHAT designed for the Raspberry Pi Zero. It’s one of the first true low power displays for the Pi Zero mini computer.

ePaper / eInk is a display technology that mimics the appearance of ink on normal paper. Unlike conventional displays, ePaper reflects light – just like ordinary paper – and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely, even without electricity. Because of this, ePaper displays and single board computers or microcontrollers are a match made in heaven as together they use a very small amount of power whilst still bringing a display to your project.


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