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Update of Ethernet Extensions, new Accessories

written by admin, on Feb 4, 2016 3:52:00 PM.

The new Ethernet Extension Version 1.1 is now available.

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Extensions/extension_ethernet11_w_and_wo_poe_600.jpg

We have already been shipping the new version of the Ethernet Extension for one week, so the first of you already received it.

In version 1.0 we only had one Ethernet Extension with two different component placements (with and without PoE). In version 1.1 we now have to different products that have been optimized to be used with/without PoE. Additionally we updated the Ethernet IC from Wiznet W5200 to the successor W5500 and added additional filtering (RC low-pass filter) to the SPI data line. Because of the optimizations the Ethernet Extensions will now be even less vulnerable to interferences. There are no software changes necessary, both versions behave the same. The Master Brick firmware is compatible since version 2.3.1.

Furthermore we now have a K-Type Thermocouple in our shop.

http://download.tinkerforge.com/_stuff/thermocouple_w_bricklet_350.jpg

The Thermocouple is “Made in Germany” and has a class 1 precision (± 1,5 °C in the complete measurement range). Together with the Thermocouple Bricklet it is now possible to measure temperatures in the range of -40°C to +400°C with very high precision. For comparison: With the PTC Bricklet and a Pt100 Temperature Sensor you can only measure in a range of -35°C to +105°C.

New products: OLEDs, Thermocouple and CO2

written by admin, on Jan 7, 2016 6:09:00 PM.

We just released five new Bricklet:

CO2 Bricklet

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Bricklets/bricklet_co2_tilted1_350.jpg

The CO2 Bricklet is equipped with a precise CO2 sensor. The sensor can measure in a range from 0 - 10000ppm. One possible application is an automated ventilation control. During our testing here in the laboratory we also noticed that you can precisely see when a person enters a room (CO2 concentrations rises) and leaves a room (CO2 concentration falls).

OLED 128x64 Bricklet

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Bricklets/bricklet_oled_128x64_tilted_350.jpg

Additionally to the LCD 20x4 Bricklet and the Segment Display 4x7 Bricklet we now offer two OLED displays. The big OLED 128x64 Bricklet has a resolution of 128x64 pixel and it can be mounted directly on top of a stack of Bricks (dimension is 4x4cm). The display can be updated up to 60 times per second, it shows white pixels on black background. As usual with OLEDs, it has a high contrast. It can be used for combined graphics and text output.

We made a small demo application with the display:

OLED 64x48 Bricklet

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Bricklets/bricklet_oled_64x48_tilted_350.jpg

The OLED 64x48 Bricklet is a smaller version of the OLED 128x64 Bricklet with a resolution of 64x48. It has the tiny size of 0.66″. You can mount it even in the smallest projects and still show lots of text and small graphics!

Thermocouple Bricklet

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Bricklets/bricklet_thermocouple_tilted1_350.jpg

With the Thermocouple Bricklet you can measure temperature with the help of a thermocouple. The thermocouple types B, E, J, K, K, N, R, S and T are supported. The most prevalent type is the K-type. The PTC Bricklet can measure temperature with the help of Pt100 or Pt1000 resistance thermometer. A thermocouple can in comparison have a much higher temperature range. It is for example possible to measure the temperature of a heating system.

UV Light Bricklet

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Bricklets/bricklet_uv_light_tilted_350.jpg

The UV Light Bricklet can measure the strength of ultraviolet light. Additionally it can determine the UV Index.

Releases

The software for the new Bricklets was already released yesterday. As of now all of the new Bricklets are available in our shop!

Shipping before and after Christmas

written by admin, on Dec 22, 2015 10:52:25 AM.

We will still ship orders tomorrow, on the 23rd of December. As always, if you order before 11:00 the shipment will go out on the same day. Inside of Germany the shipping time of DHL is typically one day, so your order should still arrive on the 24th.

If you still need a present, our new Gift Card may be an option.

Between Christmas and New Year we will ship from the 28th to the 30th of December. Next year the shipping will start again on January the 4th.

We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas!

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LED Strip Bricklet 1.1

written by admin, on Dec 16, 2015 2:20:00 PM.

The LED Strip Bricklet is now available in version 1.1. The new version of the LED Strip Bricklet has protective circuitry to protect WS28XX pixels from voltage spikes. The firmware/API of the Bricklet does not need any changes, software for the old version will be 100% compatible.

http://download.tinkerforge.com/_stuff/led_strip_bricklet_11_785.jpg

The Bricklet was sold out for the last ~2 weeks. Open backorders from this period were shipped today. We are sorry about the long delivery time for the LED Strip Bricklet, we did underestimate the “Christmas-demand” for LED things :-).

Tinkerforge gift card now available

written by admin, on Dec 14, 2015 4:40:00 PM.

We now have a Tinkerforge gift card in our shop.

For everyone that still needs a present for Christmas, this may be a good option :-). You can choose the value of the gift card in 1€-steps. We ship the gift cards without shipping costs, as long as they are ordered individually.

Currently the gift card is only available with the German phrase “Gutscheinkarte im Wert von … €”.

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Brick Logger, now with milliseconds

written by admin, on Nov 3, 2015 6:09:00 PM.

Until now Brick Logger intervals could be defined in seconds. This is okay for slowly changing values such as temperature or humidity. But intervals in seconds might not be small enough for fast changing values as provided by the IMU Brick or Accelerometer Bricket as several users confirmed.

Because of that Brick Logger since version 2.0.2 (Brick Viewer since version 2.3.1) now supports intervals in milliseconds. Matching new time formats with millisecond resolution have been added as well as the option to define a custom time format using strftime syntax.

http://www.tinkerforge.com/de/doc/_images/Screenshots/brick_logger_setup_v2_small.jpg

New Software: Brick Logger

written by admin, on Oct 13, 2015 12:53:00 PM.

In many applications of the Tinkerforge building blocks it is necessary to log measurements that are later analyzed in a program such as Excel. It is not a huge amount of work to use our API to program a small data logger, insofar you can program. If you need a more convenient solution or if you can’t program there is now a ready to use program: The Brick Logger.

http://www.tinkerforge.com/de/doc/_images/Screenshots/brick_logger_devices.jpg

The Brick Logger is integrated into the newest release of the Brick Viewer (version 2.3.0). You can use the GUI to configure devices (Bricks or Bricklets) and corresponding sensor values that are to be logged. The output format as well as the host can be configured. Thus it is possible to log measured data directly from a Brick/Bricklet, from a different PC or from a stack with Ethernet/WIFI Extension.

You can configure and start the logger directly from within the Brick Viewer. Additionally you can save the configuration and use a Brick-Logger-Python-Script without Brick Viewer. As an additional alternative we offer a RED Brick program that can be uploaded to the RED Brick.

A more detailed description can be found in the Brick Logger documentation.

Tinkerforge Workbench

written by admin, on Oct 6, 2015 10:34:00 AM.

Today we have released the Tinkerforge Workbench. It is perfect for everybody that wants to experiment with Tinkerforge components and wants to present the project in a tidy way.

http://download.tinkerforge.com/_stuff/workbench_3x_600.jpg

It is a plastic case with a size of 240x140mm and a slightly tilted front panel. The front panel has a grid of 3mm drill holes, that have a distance of 5mm to each other. You can mount all of the Tinkerforge modules on this grid, as well as other circuit boards or other hardware projects. Cables can be put through slots and guided unobtrusively at the bottom site of the case. The resulting projects are thus always clean and tidy, even if they have complex wiring.

http://download.tinkerforge.com/_stuff/workbench_rpi_bottom_600.jpg

In the middle of the front panel is enough space to either mount a stack of Bricks or a Raspberry Pi (which unfortunately does not have a 5mm compatible grid). If you use a Raspberry Pi, you can still put up to four Bricks at the bottom side of the front panel (inside of the case). If that is not enough, you can of course also mount Bricks at any other position of the case.

http://download.tinkerforge.com/_stuff/workbench_rpi_wo_display_600.jpg

The struts at the front and at the back also have 3mm drill holes. These can be used to mount other construction. As an example we attached a simple HDMI display mount made with MakerBeams:

http://download.tinkerforge.com/_stuff/workbench_rpi_display_keyboard_600.jpg

If you miss a mounting option somewhere, you can easily drill new holes into the acrylic plastic. We wish you lots of fun with this case and hope to be able to see some photos of your projects!

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New RS485 Extension

written by admin, on Oct 2, 2015 2:15:47 PM.

We now have the new RS485 Extension (Version 1.1) in our shop.

http://www.tinkerforge.com/en/doc/_images/Extensions/extension_rs485_v11_tilted_600.jpg

With hardware version 1.1 we added additional filters for supression of interferences. This means that the RS485 Extension is now even more resistent to interferences.

The RS485 Extension in version 1.1 behaves the same as the old Extension in version 1.0. There are no software changes necessary and the two different versions are of course compatible to each other.

Build environment for Brick firmware development

written by admin, on Sep 11, 2015 3:02:00 PM.

We often get asked how to set-up a build environment that can be used to modify and compile Brick firmwares or Bricklet plugins and how to change or add API to the Bindings.

A script that sets up a build environment for the complete Tinkerforge ecosystem is now available. Additionally we wrote a tutorial that explains how to use different parts of the build environment.

With the build environment you can:

* Modify and compile Brick firmwares
* Modify and compile Bricklet plugins
* Modify and generate APIs/Bindings for all of our supported programming languages
* Modify and compile Brick Viewer/Daemon
* View and modify schematics and layout files for Bricks and Bricklets (with KiCad)
* View and modify case CAD files (with FreeCAD).
* Modify and build the documentation

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