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New IMU Brick (IMU 2.0)

written by admin, on Aug 24, 2015 3:58:00 PM.

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Today we released a new IMU Brick 2.0. With the BNO055 sensor from Bosch the new Brick uses completely new technology compared to the old one. The accelerometer has a higher resolution (14 bit vs 12 bit), it has a continuous self-calibration and it has an accuracy increase of two orders of magnitude.

In a small comparison video we compare the two IMU versions:

Since last Friday we already sell the now deprecated IMU with a reduced price tag (39.99€ instead of 99.99€). Currently we still have 40 pieces of the old IMU in stock. If you still want one for the reduced price you should buy one soon. The old IMU will not be produced anymore after it is sold out.

The new IMU Brick 2.0 is available in our shop for 59.99€.

50-66% price reduction for deprecated Bricks/Bricklets

written by admin, on Aug 20, 2015 4:31:00 PM.

Two weeks ago we introduced lots of replacement Bricklets with more and better features than there now deprecated counterparts. Additionally we will replace the IMU Brick with a hugely improved IMU Brick 2.0 in the next week.

For some of the now deprecated products we still have stock, for those we would like to reduce the price as follows:

Replacement

Deprecated Product

Old Price

Reduction

New Price

Accelerometer Bricklet

Tilt Bricklet

5.99€

66%

1.99€

Analog Out Bricklet 2.0

Analog Out Bricklet

7.99€

50%

3.99€

IMU Brick 2.0

IMU Brick

99.99€

60%

39.99€

Ambient Light Bricklet 2.0

Ambient Light Bricklet

*

*

*

Analog In Bricklet 2.0

Analog In Bricklet

*

*

*

Moisture Bricklet 1.1

Moisture Bricklet

+

+

+

  • *: Ambient Light Bricklet and Analog In Bricklet are already out of stock.

  • +: We do still have old Moisture Bricklets in stock, but because of the corrosion problems with the old Moisture Bricklet we don’t want to sell it anymore. If you are still interested in one, please write it as an order comment. We will add it to your order for free (as long as supplies last).

Please note: If the deprecated Bricks and Bricklets are out of stock they will not be produced again and thus not be available anymore.

Scale for Load Cell Bricklet

written by admin, on Aug 18, 2015 1:03:00 PM.

We haven been asked how the Load Cell Bricklet and load cells work in general several times now. To demonstrate the functionality we made a small scale project with a 1kg load cell. It turned out so well, that we put it in the shop as a Scale Kit ;-).

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The Scale Kit is build from MakerBeam, a 1kg Load Cell and laser cut plastic parts. It is very easy to put together and it demonstrates the functionality of a load cell.

A precision of ±1g is the complete 0-1kg range is possible with the kit.

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Send and receive SMS messages with the RED Brick

written by admin, on Aug 13, 2015 9:44:00 AM.

Instead of mostly talking about new products in our blog we want to show small and big projects more often. Today we start with two example programs for the RED Brick. The projects show how you can send and receive SMS messages with the RED Brick.

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The sms_humidity example sends a SMS humidty message with a 60 second interval. It uses the callback of the Humidity Bricklet. The projects needs the RED Brick, a 3g stick with sim card and a Master Brick with Humidity Bricklet. In a Python script you can enter the UID of the Humidity Bricklet, the pin number of the sim card as well as the phone number of the sms message receiver. If transferred to the RED Brick, the python script will automatically send the humindity SMS message every 60 seconds.

The sms_location example uses a GPS Bricklet and it sends the position via SMS message. Instead of using a sending interval, the position is requested. To request the position you can send a SMS with the command “tf:loc” to the RED Brick. It will then send back the current position.

Both examples are written in Python and can be easily used as a starting point for your SMS message sending and receiving applications! Have fun with your automated SMS messaging!

11 new Bricklets arrived (Part 4/4)

written by admin, on Aug 6, 2015 9:25:00 AM.

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Industrial Analog Out Bricklet

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The Industrial Analog Out Bricklet is used to create current signals (0mA to 24mA) and voltage signals (0V to 10V) according to DIN IEC 60381-1 and DIN IEC 60381-2, to control devices with corresponding interfaces.

Industrial Dual Analog In Bricklet

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The Industrial Dual Analog In Bricklet is equipped with a 2-channel 24-bit ADC for voltage measurements. It is factory calibrated. This allows for a full-scale (-35V to +35V) accuracy of 0.1% (±4mV) with up to 976 samples per second. Therefore, the Industrial Dual Analog In Bricklet represents the current high-end Bricklet for voltage measurements.

RS232 Bricklet

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The RS232 Bricklet can send and receive serial data to communicate with other serial devices. The Bricklet offers three different connection options. A D-sub 9 connector and a 5-way terminal block provides a serial interface with RS-232 signal level. Alternatively, a 5-way pin header provides the same serial interface but with 3.3V TTL signal level.

ENDE, END, FIN, коне́ц

This was the last part of this series. We are eager to read about your projects! More Bricks and Bricklets to extend the system of building blocks will follow in the future. Stay tuned!

11 new Bricklets arrived (Part 3/4)

written by admin, on Aug 5, 2015 6:36:00 PM.

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Accelerometer Bricklet

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The Accelerometer Bricklet is equipped with a 3-axis accelerometer. The measured acceleration values for the three axes can be used to calculate the inclination of the Bricklet as roll and pitch angle. The Accelerometer Bricklet fits into the category of motion and position sensors in between the Tilt Bricklet and the IMU Brick.

Possible applications for the Accelerometer Bricklet are vast. For example, it can be used as an vibration sensor, or as a level, or to measure g-forces while driving a car, or du build an electronic dice.

Dust Detector Bricklet

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The Dust Detector Bricklet is equipped with a dust sensor to measure the airborne dust density. This can be used as accurate indicator for when to vacuum or air the room.

Laser Range Finder Bricklet

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The Laser Range Finder Bricklet uses a laser distance sensor. It can measure distance up to 40m with a resolution of 1cm and velocity up to 127m/s with a resolution of 1m/s. The velocity measurement range can be reduced in four steps down to 12.7m/s. The smaller measurement range allows for higher resolution up to 0.1m/s.

The Laser Range Finder Bricklet is the new star among the Bricklets for distance measurements. In contrast to the Distance IR Bricklet it is not sensitive to sunlight and its distance measurement range is much bigger compared to the Distance US Bricklet. Because it uses a narrow laser beam, instead of infrared light or ultrasound, it can to pinpoint measurements.

The Laser Range Finder Bricklet can be used for many applications. Here are some robotic examples: it can be used as height-above-ground sensor for drones or as laser scanner when combined with a servo or stepper motor.

Load Cell Bricklet

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The Load Cell Bricklet can be connected to a load cell to build an individual and precise scale. There alre also four different load cells for different weight ranges available in the shop: 1kg, 5kg, 20kg, 50kg.

The Load Cell Bricklet can be used in all applications that benefit from automatic scales. For example, while automating a hobby-beer-brewery to automatically check the amounts of different ingredients.

How it continues tomorrow…

In the last part, that will be published tomorrow, we will introduce three new I/O Bricklets: Industrial Analog Out, Industrial Dual Analog In and RS232 Bricklet.

11 new Bricklets arrived (Part 2/4)

written by admin, on Aug 4, 2015 1:54:00 PM.

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Yesterday we introduced the new Bricklets, today we will characterize a selection of them in detail. The Ambient Light 2.0, Analog In 2.0, Analog Out 2.0 and Moisture Bricklet 1.1 are improved versions of already existing Bricklets.

Ambient Light Bricklet 2.0

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The Ambient Light Bricklet 2.0 is the successor of the Ambient Light Bricklet. The new version uses a better light sensor with a higher precision and bigger measurement range (0-64000 lux). This allows to measure sunlight much better than with the old Bricklet with its smaller measurement range (0-900 lux). Additionally, the measurement range can be configured in six steps between 0-600 and 0-64000 lux and the integration time can be configured in eight steps between 50 and 400 milliseconds. A smaller measurement range results in more precise measurements. A longer integration time results in less but more precise measurements. This allows to adapt the Ambient Light Bricklet 2.0 to the actual measurement task at hand.

Because we are already out-of-stock on the old Ambient Light Bricklet, all orders that have not yet been shipped, that include an old Ambient Light Bricklet, will automatically receive a new Ambient Light Bricklet 2.0 instead.

Analog In Bricklet 2.0

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The Analog In Bricklet 2.0 is the successor of the Analog In Bricklets, that is already discontinued for a while now. We suggested the Voltage/Current Bricklet as a intermediate replacement. The improved Analog In Bricklet 2.0 is a more cost-effective alternative to the Voltage/Current Bricklet, in case you only want to measure a single voltage. It measures a DC voltage (0-42V) with 12bit resolution (~10mV). The new version uses a filtered non-inverting amplifier to reduce noise, compared to the simple voltage divider of the old Analog In Bricklet.

Analog Out Bricklet 2.0

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The Analog Out Bricklet 2.0 is the successor of the Analog Out Bricklets. The new version is able to output 0-5V on its own, just as the old version. Additionally, it can output 0-12V with a external power supply connected to it. This allows to control a standard 0-10V industrial interface (DIN IEC 60381-1).

With still have some old Analog Out Bricklets in stock and will sell them for a reduced price along the new Bricklet. Once the old stock is sold we will only sell the Analog Out Bricklet 2.0.

Moisture Bricklet 1.1

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The Moisture Bricklet 1.1 is a improved version of the Moisture Bricklet. In contrast to the three 2.0 Bricklets, the Moisture Bricklet 1.1 is only a new hardware version. Plugin and bindings stay the same. The old Moisture Bricklet used a specific method of measurement that could result in corrosion of the metal contacts. This destroyed the Bricklet. The improved version uses a capacitive method of measurement without bare-metal contacts, so no corrosion can occur anymore.

With still have some old Moisture Bricklets in stock, but we wont sell them anymore because of the corrosion problem. If you need an old Moisture Bricklet for some reason you can contact us.

How it continues tomorrow…

Tomorrow we will introduce four new sensor Bricklets: Accelerometer, Dust Detector, Laser Range Finder and Load Cell Bricklet.

11 new Bricklets arrived (Part 1/4)

written by admin, on Aug 3, 2015 4:28:00 PM.

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At the end of May we gave a sneak preview of 11 new or improved Bricklets.

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Finally they arrived and are available in our shop now:

In the next three days we will introduce each Bricklet shortly in this blog. Tomorrow we are beginning with four improved Bricklets: Ambient Light Bricklet 2.0, Analog In Bricklet 2.0, Analog Out Bricklet 2.0 und Moisture Bricklet 1.1.

New RED Brick Image 1.7 with 3G support

written by admin, on Jul 30, 2015 11:51:00 AM.

Today we released version 1.7 of the RED Brick Image and new versions of the Brick Viewer and API Bindings. Additionally we now have a 3G USB Adapter in our shop.

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The 3G USB Adapter is a stick with the MSM7600 chipset from Huawei. This stick can be configured through the Mobile Internet tab in the new Brick Viewer. Default settings for dial number, APN, etc are available for most providers in the Brick Viewer. After a successful configuration the stick will connect to 3G/GSM and the RED Brick will have a internet connection that is independent from Ethernet and WIFI. If you activate the access point capability of the RED Brick at the samt time, all of the devices that are connected to the RED Brick through WIFI will be able to use the internet connection of the RED Brick.

Additionally we released the new API Bindings for the already announced Bricklets. The Bindings are also present in the new RED Brick image. Unfortunately the production for the new Bricklets was delayed several times, but our assembler shipped the first Bricklets today. This means we will definitely be able to release the new Bricklets in the next week!

New offices for Tinkerforge

written by admin, on Jul 13, 2015 1:47:00 PM.

As you may have already heard we relocated to a new place in the last two weeks. The move was overdue, since our old offices were way too small for a long time already.

We apologize for any late email replies or long deliver times. The renovation of the building and the relocation of all of our stuff was way more time-consuming then we anticipated. Everything will be completely set up again at the end of this week. Then we will be able to work with full efficiency again ;-).

Our new address is:

Tinkerforge GmbH
Zur Brinke 7
33758 Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock
Germany

A small walktrough of our new offices directly after the relocation (German commentary):

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