May 23, 2016

Back in stock: the ESP1SH shield for the ESP8266

The ESP8266 microcontroller with built-in WiFi is perfect for many Internet-connected projects. Our ESP-01 WiFi Module Shield makes it dead easy to connect one up to your Arduino, and now it's back in stock.

Grab one now!

April 21, 2016

NEW PRODUCT - Thinker Shield for hobby and classroom use

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia provides hands-on exhibits and courses to inspire and excite interest in science and the arts. One of the highlights is the Physical Computing course they run as part of their After School Computing Club, where kids have an opportunity to learn about electronics and programming using Arduino boards and shields.

Freetronics worked with Powerhouse Museum to design a special shield for use in their courses, tailored to the specific needs of their curriculum - which is also now available for you to enjoy the same fun at home or with your own groups:

The Thinker Shield features a range of inputs and outputs that are ideal for classroom and hobby projects:

  • Large analog and digital connections on the edges to connect alligator clip jumper wires
  • 6 green LEDs for light output
  • Light sensor for light input
  • Button for digital input
  • Knob for adjustable analog input
  • Piezo buzzer for sound output
  • Static-protection chips on I/O pins to help it withstand handling in the classroom

And while we were busy making the shield, Powerhouse worked on the documentation. They've produced a fantastic project guide that starts by showing you how to plug in your Arduino for the first time and then steps through a series of mini projects to use all the features of the shield.

The guide is written in a friendly, easy to read way and you can download it as a handy PDF. And the best part is you can order your own Thinker Shield right now for only $22 including GST - click here to learn more and to order today.

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April 14, 2016

NEW PRODUCT - Addressable Triple N-MOSFET driver / output module

When one addressable N-MOSFET driver isn't enough - Freetronics now offers the same super MOSFET system on a triple board, allowing you to control three high current and power devices with only one microcontroller pin:

This high-power triple N-MOSFET module includes a built-in WS2811 addressable driver IC, which is the same chip that's built in to common addressable RGB LED strip and modules.

So now you can have addressable MOSFETs! Best of all, it's fully compatible with the software that you already use to control addressable LEDs. Just connect up your Arduino, load one of the example sketches from the NeoPixel or FastLED libraries, and you're good to go.

Easy!

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April 05, 2016

Pre-orders for the next EtherMega batch

The EtherMega is so popular that we can't keep it in stock! Every time we finish another production batch it sells out within a day.

We have a batch in production right now, so if you want to make sure you don't miss out you can place a pre-order online. There's a limit of 2 per customer, and they'll ship at the end of April.

Get in now before pre-sales run out!

April 04, 2016

NEW PRODUCT - Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) Breakout for 28-Pin AVR

Have you ever needed to program more than one 28-pin AVR microcontroller with an Arduino sketch - or flash new code? We all have and after the second or third repetition the process can become quite painful.

Until now!

Thanks to necessity being the mother of invention, we've solved the problem for ourselves and shared it with you - the new Freetronics Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) Breakout for 28-Pin AVR:

Using this breakout you simply drop your ATmega into the socket, click the lever down, and it's firmly held in place while you program it. Click the lever back up, lift out the ATmega, and you're done. Soooo easy.

Includes an ICSP header to connect up a programmer like our USBasp, and a serial header in standard FTDI-cable format so you can connect a converter such as our USB Serial Adapter.

Problem solved! For more information and to order, please visit the product page. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

April 01, 2016

NEW PRODUCT - Freetronics GPS Module for Arduino and more

Now available from Freetronics is our new GPS module with 10 Hz update rate. Using this module your Arduino-based or other projects can harness the power of GPS satellites to rapidly determine their position, speed and altitude:

And our new GPS module is fast - with a 10 Hz update rate (that's 10 times per second) your project won't have to wait for the latest data. The board is both 5V and 3.3V compatible, and a backup battery slot is provided to enable "hot starts" after a system reset.

Using our GPS module is easy, with a simple serial data output you can use popular Arduino libraries to extract and use the information from the module - and with out Getting Started guide you'll be up and running in no time at all!

For more information and to order, please visit the Freetronics GPS Module product page. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

March 18, 2016

NEW PRODUCT - Power Shield for D1 Mini

Now available from Freetronics is the new Power Shield for the WeMos D1 Mini from SuperHouse Automation - the ideal way to power your compact WeMos ESP8266-based board. This new power shield solves the problem of using external power with the D1 Mini by accepting power from 7 to 14Vdc (up to 20Vdc in a pinch) via a 2.1mm DC jack or screw terminals:

Very handy when you want your D1 Mini to run in a project without a USB connection, as shown below:

The Power Shield includes stacking headers as shown above, and do require soldering before use. And the best part is the price - only $10 including GST. To learn more and order, please visit the product page.

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March 08, 2016

Controlling the Freetronics RGB LED Cube from a smartphone

It's always great to see what our customers are doing with Freetronics products, and the latest example by Adam Reed is an excellent example. By adding a Bluetooth LE module to his Freetronics RGB LED Cube, this has allowed control from an iOS or Arduino-based device.

Adam's matching software allows for excellent colour control, LED control and all sorts of patterns and other effects. A demonstration of this is shown in the following video:

Kudos to Adam for sharing his project - which can be found from his github page. And for more, we're on facebook, twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're interested in your own full RGB LED cube - check out our CUBE4: RGB LED cube kit:

 

It's easy to construct and use, and with an onboard Arduino-compatible board the cube can be used to display all sorts of data or create visual effects. It's easily controlled via simple text commands via the USB port - or write your own Arduino sketch. It's incredibly customisable and there's so much more. For more information and to order, visit the CUBE4 page

January 27, 2016

Build an interactive coin donation box with Arduino

Many community groups, hackerspaces, charity events and financially-strict households may have a donation or coin box to collect funds for drinks, fines or generally help save up those small coins - however they can often be quite dull.

To liven things up somewhat, Saiyam Agrawal has created a coin box with some fun interactivity - once a coin is inserted, a thank you sign is waved at the user which hopefully emits a feeling of goodwill and satisfaction.

Making your own is easy - with an ultrasonic distance sensor to detect the user, and a servo to wave after donation. Control is via Arduino and the whole project can be made in an hour or two. Check out the video below for a quick demonstration:

So if you're looking to liven up your money box or donation tin - click here to get started.

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If you're looking for an Arduino Uno-compatible board for various projects, choose what tens of thousands of others have done and use our Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs: 


 

January 19, 2016

Make a desktop laser engraver with Arduino

Have you ever seen a laser-cutter machine or CNC (Computer-Numerical Control) machine and thought "wow, I'd like one of those"? Well now you can make your own based around an Arduino or compatible hardware and the notes by Instructables member MichielD99.

They describe a desktop laser-engraver that not only introduces you the theory and control of a CNC device - you can also make it yourself as the enclosure is made from wood and all the parts are easily obtainable. This example uses a 1.8W laser however you could substitute a more powerful version if required.

The pattern to be engraved is created or imported into open-source software Inkscape, and then converted to a grbl file for upload to the Arduino or compatible controller.

With some research you could make your own over a weekend - so visit the Instructable page to get started. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking to develop projects based on an Arduino that use stepper motor, CNC machines on a larger scale, and much more - simplify the process with our Freetronics StepDuino board:

The StepDuino is a complete, self-contained Arduino-compatible board with 2 onboard stepper motor drivers, 2 servo outputs, a 20x4 LCD, a micro SD card slot, and more! It's a fantastic general purpose board for any project that uses stepper motors. You can use it as the brain of your next robotics project!

The StepDuino uses the same processor architecture as the common Arduino Uno, so you can program it right from the Arduino IDE simply by selecting "Arduino Uno" as the board type. Everything simply works out of the box, just as it would with a regular Arduino - but now you can also drive steppers directly and display feedback on the huge LCD. For more infromation, tutorials and to order - visit the StepDuino page.