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This ordinary-looking USB cable actually has a surprise trick up its rubber sleeve. It’s kinda like a ‘miniature KVM’ (minus the video part, and only one USB port). The mechanical switch connects to the D+ and D- pins on the two USB A host ports. So when you switch back and forth, the USB peripheral connects from one to the other.
So, suppose you’re working with Raspberry Pi, a USB Key, and a laptop. You can use this handy cable to switch the USB key between your Pi and laptop. Arguably a rather niche usage, but we find it pretty handy for the programming and testing here at the factory so we picked up some for the shop
Note that the 5V and Ground pins are connected between the two host devices, its a very ‘hacky’ system – meant for research and development, not for a finished product or anything.
This enclosure creates an all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer with a single USB-C port or microUSB port in the back to power the components in the case. The Raspberry Pi is mounted behind the display and the ports are flush with the edge of the display. There’s even a fan included for keeping your Pi cool.
An included port blocking part for Pi 3 or 4 allows you to only allow access to the ports that you want exposed. There is also a second set of threaded inserts to mount your own development board or another piece of hardware. Perfect for an industrial or commercial application where you want to add your own development board to the case. The case is made out of injection-molded ABS plastic, so it can be drilled or machined for additional customization.
Easy e-paper finally comes to microcontrollers, with this breakout that’s designed to make it a breeze to add a tri-color eInk display. Chances are you’ve seen one of those new-fangled ‘e-readers’ like the Kindle or Nook. They have gigantic electronic paper ‘static’ displays – that means the image stays on the display even when power is completely disconnected. The image is also high contrast and very daylight readable. It really does look just like printed paper!
We’ve liked these displays for a long time, but breakouts were never designed for makers to use. Finally, we decided to make our own!
This breakout has a 2.13″ tri-color (red, black, and white) display. It has 250×122 black and red ink pixels and a white-ish background. Using our CircuitPython or Arduino libraries, you can create a ‘frame buffer’ with what pixels you want to have activated and then write that out to the display. Most simple breakouts leave it at that. But if you do the math, 250 x 122 pixels x 2 colors = 7.5 KBytes. Which won’t fit into many microcontroller memories. Heck, even if you do have 32KB of RAM, why waste 8KB?
Mini Hot Plate Preheater with USB C Power Supply
What is this, a camping burner for ants?? Of course not, ants prefer the comfort of B&Bs…
From the makers of the luxurious Motion Control Screwdriver, the streamlined USB C Powered Pen-Style Soldering Iron, and the ultra-precise Mini Digital Tweezers comes the Mini Hot Plate Preheater with USB C Power Supply. Here is the perfect solution for warming up small PCBs for desoldering/rework AND feeling like a sorcerer conjuring through alchemy.
Adafruit AMG8833 IR Thermal Camera Breakout – STEMMA QT
Add heat-vision to your project and with an Adafruit AMG8833 Grid-EYE Breakout! This sensor from Panasonic is an 8×8 array of IR thermal sensors. When connected to your microcontroller (or raspberry Pi) it will return an array of 64 individual infrared temperature readings over I2C. It’s like those fancy thermal cameras, but compact and simple enough for easy integration.
This part will measure temperatures ranging from 0°C to 80°C (32°F to 176°F) with an accuracy of +- 2.5°C (4.5°F). It can detect a human from a distance of up to 7 meters (23) feet. With a maximum frame rate of 10Hz, It’s perfect for creating your own human detector or mini thermal camera. We have code for using this breakout on an Arduino or compatible (the sensor communicates over I2C) or on a Raspberry Pi with Python. On the Pi, with a bit of image processing help from the SciPy python library we were able to interpolate the 8×8 grid and get some pretty nice results!
Adafruit CYBERDECK HAT for Raspberry Pi 400
Cyber-warriors, listen up here! We’ve got with some zero-day unreleased hardware we just dumpster-dived. Now you can crack kodes, and write skripts with style, thanks to the CYBERDECK HAT for Raspberry Pi 400 from Adafruit zaibatsu.
This is the same hardware Kevin Mitnick used when he popped Sidewinder! Ok, maybe not, but it will definitely let you create a stand-alone Kali deck by plugging in one of our many display HATs. We also give you some STEMMA / STEMMA QT plugs to glam up your rig with NeoPixels, servos, or sensors! (STEMMA cables sold separately)
Howdy keyboard cowboys, are you surfing the information superhighway with a Pi 400? Want a cool heads-up display, or maybe you need to wire up some NeoPixel wetware…?
Well, we just fenced 12 megabytes of ram and some angled socket header from the underground hacker club next to the chatsubo, and it’s a major upgrade to our extender board – now you can jack in any Pi bonnet into the back of your Pi 400’s skull at a cool angle, perfect for augmenting your deck! We also give you two STEMMA (JST 3-PH) connectors on GPIO #18 and #13, and twin STEMMA QT I2C port plugs, for additional upgrades (cables sold separately)
Comes completely pre-assembled and tested so you don’t need to do anything but plug it in. Works best with the Pi 400 computer.
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