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New Bricklets: 7 pole for everything!

With the arrival of the newest Bricklet panel we have now completely switched all of our Bricklets to the 7 pole standard. Additionally there are three brand new Bricklets! The following new Bricklets are available:

The new "2.0"-Bricklets replace the last old 10 pole Bricklets. With this release we now have finally reached our goal to convert all Bricklets to the new 7 pole connector. The old 10 pole Bricklets are still available (with a reduced price!) as long as the stock lasts. We will not produce the old Bricklets anymore, but of course they will still be supported.

The Distance US Bricklet 2.0 is completely redesigned and it comes with a new sensor. It uses the MaxSonar HRLV MB1013 which offers a much higher resolution and accuracy compared to the old sensor. The Bricklet can now measure distances up to 500cm with a resolution of 1mm.

The new Compass Bricklet is a 3-axis compass. It measures angles with a resolution of 0.1° and an accuracy of 1°. The update rate can be configured up to 600Hz. Additionally the Bricklet measures magnetic flux density for all three axis.

With the Energy Monitor Bricklet you can messure mains voltages of 120V / 230V AC. To do this, the Bricklet uses a voltage transformer and a current transformer clamp. We offer one compatible voltage transformer and two different current transformer in the shop. The Bricklet comes pre-calibrated for these transformers. The Bricklet can measure voltage (V), current (A) and energy (Wh) as well as the real, apparent and reactive power, power factor and frequency.

Additionally you can use the Bricklet to visualize the waveform for voltage and current:

We will give you a detailed presentation of this Bricklet in a separate blog post soon!

The XMC1400 Breakout Bricklet can be used to develop new Bricklets. The circuit board comes with a XMC1400 microcontroller from Infineon. The pin headers on the board offer access to all available pins of the MCU. An extensive documentation for this Bricklet is currently still under construction. Please let us know if you are interested in designing/producing your own Bricklets!

TInkerforge now availible at Mouser

Starting today our complete assortement of Tinkerforge building blocks is also available at Mouser. Mouser Electronics is a worldwide leading authorised distributor of semiconductors and electronic components for over 750 industry-leading manufacturers. They are specialised in the rapid introduction of new products and technologies for design engineers and buyers. Their extensive product offering includes semiconductors, interconnects, passives, and electromechanical components.

Mouser ships to over 220 countries. Especially for our customers in North America a shipment from mouser should be faster and cheaper!

HAT Brick and HAT Zero Brick

Today we released two new Bricks: The HAT Zero Brick and the HAT Brick.

These two Bricks are the first Bricks that are not in the standard 4x4cm Brick form factor. As you might have already expected from the name: They are Raspberry Pi HATs.

HAT Zero Brick

The HAT Zero Brick is in the standard Raspberry Pi Zero HAT form factor and it has four Bricklet ports. You can connect any of our >60 Bricklets with 7 pole connector to these ports.

We offer the HAT Zero Brick in our Shop for 14.99€ incl. VAT.

HAT Brick

The HAT Brick is in the standard Raspberry Pi HAT form factor and it has eight Bricklet ports. It comes with a 5V-28V DC power supply that puts out 5.3V/4A for the Raspberry Pi and Bricklets. This HAT is feature-packed. It has a battery backed real-time clock, watchdog for the RPi, sleep mode, it can measure and monitor the input voltages and the RPi and Bricklets can be turned on/off individually.

We offer the HAT Brick in our Shop for 49.99€ incl. VAT.

Both HATs are compatible to the new Raspberry Pi 4.

We also added a Mounting Kit for Raspberry Pi to our shop. It consists of M2.5 nylon spacers, screws and nuts. It can be used to properly mount our HATs to a Raspberry Pi and also to mount the Rapsberry Pi to something else.

The HATs are possible because of the new standardized protocol that comes with the 7 pole connector and co-processor on the new Bricklets. You need a 7p-7p Bricklet Cable to connect a Bricklet to one of the HATs. You can not connect old Bricklets with 10 pole connector.

Part 2: 9 new Bricklets - CO2, E-Paper and many more

In our second part of the blog entry (part 1) we want to introduce the new Laser Range Finder Bricklet 2.0, the Hall Effect Bricklet 2.0, the Segment Display 4x7 Bricklet 2.0 as well as the brand new E-Paper 296x128 Bricklet.

First the new E-Paper 296x128 Bricklet: You can choose between a black/white/gray 2.9" e-paper display as well as one that can produce black, white and red colors. The Bricklet has an embedded font for easy text drawing. For complex applications it is of course possible to set every pixel individually. The time for one full display update is about 7.5 seconds. It is possible to use different display draw modes to get update rates of up to 1Hz.

The new Laser Range Finder Bricklet 2.0 uses the same LIDAR-Lite sensor as the old Bricklet. We did however change the cable connection between the LIDAR-Lite and the Bricklet. We now use a custom cable that is much more robust then the old self-cut connector that the predecessor used.

With the new Hall Effect Bricklet 2.0 you can measure the magnetic flux density between -7mT and 7mT. Additionally you can use a counter with a configurable trigger point (unipolar as well as bipolar). The counter can count frequencies of up to 10kHz! Compared to the predecessor that did not have any analog read out and a maximum sampling rate of 8Hz, the Hall Effect Bricklet 2.0 plays in a completely different league.

The Segment Display 4x7 Bricklet 2.0 has a improved segment display. The new display can show a dot per digit, a colon and a tick mark next to the four standard 7 segment digits.

Part 1: 9 new Bricklets - CO2, E-Paper and many more

We just got a big delivery of our newest production panel. It contains 25 different Bricklets, including many new 2.0 Bricklets that replace their predecessors. With the E-Paper 296x128 Bricklet we also have a brand new Bricklet on the panel. We now have converted nearly all Bricklets to the new 7 pole connector.

The panel contains the following new Bricklets:

The blog entry is split in two parts, today we will introduce half of the new Bricklets.

Many of you already have waited for the new CO2 Bricklet 2.0. It has a new and improved sensor and is also less expensive compared to the old one. The new Bricklet can measure CO2 concentration from 400ppm up to 10000ppm (parts per million) and it has an accuracy of ±30ppm (whole range) and ±3% (value). It measures temperature and humidity for compensation. Additionally it is possible to set the current barometric pressure value for further calibration.

Our new RGB LED Bricklet 2.0 has a new brighter LED and an interesting new feature: The luminance output of the LED is corrected for human light perception with accordance to CIE 1931. This means that for every color a fade from off to full brightness (value 0 to 255) will appear to be a smooth color gradient to the human eye.

The Piezo Speaker Bricklet 2.0 can be used if you like it loud. In comparison to the predecessor the new Bricklet has a notably bigger buzzer with more power and more features. If you thought the old Bricklet was too quite, you will not be disappointed with the new Bricklet. You can use a configurable frequency range from 50Hz to 15000Hz. The API directly has support for alarm/siren sounds. It can sweep through a frequency range with configurable range, step size and duration. The volume can be controlled with a sound pressure level range of 85dB(A) to 110dB(A).

The new Linear Poti Bricklet 2.0 and Joystick Bricklet 2.0 have a co-processor, a status LED as well as a 7 pole connector. They replace their respective predecessors.

In the next blog entry we will introduce the Laser Range Finder Bricklet 2.0, RGB LED Bricklet 2.0, Segment Display 4x7 Bricklet 2.0 as well as the brand new E-Paper 296x128 Bricklet.