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Maker Faire 2016

written by admin, on May 23, 2016 1:28:00 PM.

The Maker Faire in Hannover is from 27th to 29th May this year. Friday (27th) is reserved for school classes. Saturday and Sunday are normal faire days, as always. You can find more information on the Maker Faire Website.

This year we will have our booth in the Niedersachsenhalle. You can find us at stand 100.

As an exhibitor we have a small number of free tickets that we can hand out. Please write to if you want a free ticket for Maker Faire Hannover. We will give the tickets out first come first serve as long as supplies last ;-).

The free tickets are all gone!

Tinkerforge with Volavis at Hannover Messe

written by admin, on Apr 25, 2016 9:49:00 AM.

Today the Hannover Messe starts (25th to 29th April). While we are not there ourselves, you will still be able to find some of our products in Hannover at the booth of Volavis GmbH (hall 6, booth K46).

The setup consists of lots of Industrial Bricklets that switch valves as well as a RED Brick. The latter provides the control software as well as a user interface that that is shown on a HDMI display with touch. The mini production plant simulates different fabrication steps including the inspection of work pieces and polishing.

Volavis is a cross-sector software service provider with know-how in the development of web applications, embedded software and mobile applications. At the trade faire they are showing “Internet of Things” solutions. They retrofitted an old demonstration production plant with Tinkerforge hardware to make it suitable for “Industrie 4.0″ applications. The machine is now connected to cloud software, it can be controlled from a tablet and production processes can be analyzed online.

New Bricklet: Real-Time Clock

written by admin, on Mar 22, 2016 4:19:00 PM.

The CeBIT last week was a success for us. Our booth was always busy, sometimes we couldn’t even talk to all of the visitors. We are sorry for the visitors that wanted to visit us but couldn’t wait long enough to speak to us. There definitely wasn’t any boredom for us ;-). Many thanks for all of the nice conversations and suggestions.

Now that the CeBIT is done, we want to publish a new Bricklet this week:

The Real-Time Clock Bricklet.

The Bricklet is equipped with a real-time clock, that keeps date and time. Typically you would use it in applications where the current time is needed but not available. This is often the case if you use a single board computer without a real-time clock (e.g. RED Brick or Raspberry Pi) and there is no connection to the internet for NTP.

A RED Brick example program is already available on github.

CeBIT 2016 - Day 2

written by admin, on Mar 15, 2016 3:50:00 PM.

The first day at CeBIT was a success from our point of view. We got many visitors with questions and suggestions. Some of the visitors already use Tinkerforge and shared their project ideas and their experiences with us. Many thanks for this!

At the end of the first exhibition day we were awarded to be the third in the hardware category of the Innovationspreis-IT.

A (german) description of the price can be found here. Of course, we attached the award signet directly on our stand. ;-)

We are at CeBIT until friday. We still have some free tickets for the exhibition. If you are interested in a visit and need a free ticket, please contact us.

CeBIT 2016 - Day 1

written by admin, on Mar 14, 2016 2:18:00 PM.

Journey and setup went “reasonably” well. We were already late and on top of that there was a traffic jam on the way to Hannover. Because of that the exhibitor entrances had been closed already and we had to bring our stuff through the normal visitor entrances. But here it is:

We made a new display stand to show all our modules neat and tidy. Additionally we brought a Starter Kit: Camera Slider with RED Brick Extension, a workbench equipped with some Bricks and Bricklets and an extra box with more Bricks and Bricklets for testing.

Bastian in conversation with with some visitors.

Tinkerforge at Trade Fairs in 2016

written by admin, on Feb 12, 2016 7:34:00 AM.

In the last years we only visited one trade fair per year. This year we already have three appointments booked:

  • March 14.-18. 2016: CeBIT Hannover, Hall 11, Stand D33(19)

  • May 28.-29. 2016: Maker Faire Hannover

  • June 21.-24. 2016: Automatica München, Hall A5, Stand 139A

CeBIT Hannover

We will start with the CeBIT in Hannover. It takes place from March 14th to 18th. The CeBIT is the worlds biggest trade fair for information technology, it has about 300,000 visitors each year. Instead of investing millions in an ostentatious Tinkerforge pavillion, we settled with a small “Workstation” on the “Gemeinschaftsstand für junge innovative Unternehmen” in Hall 011 ;-). We will showcase our products there.

Maker Faire Hannover

As in the year before last year we will be an exhibitor at the Maker Faire Hannover again. It takes place from May 28th to 29th. It is a forum for makers. You can find everything there from robots to steampunk to upcycling. The Maker Faire Hannover had 10,000 visitors last year.

Automatica München

From the makers we go straight over to industry. From June 21st to 24th we will be at Automatica in Munich. This trade fair, with about 35,000 visitors, is a fair for industrial control technologies. We will have a corner booth in Hall A5, Stand 139A.

We are eager to see what awaits us at the trade fairs. Especially CeBIT and Automatica are exciting experiments. We will report from our booths and perhaps we will even see you on-site!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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!

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.

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 :-).

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