New IMU Brick (IMU 2.0)

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

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:


Deprecated Product

Old Price


New Price

Accelerometer Bricklet

Tilt Bricklet




Analog Out Bricklet 2.0

Analog Out Bricklet




IMU Brick 2.0

IMU Brick




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

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 ;-).

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.

Send and receive SMS messages with the RED Brick

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.

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)

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Industrial Analog Out Bricklet

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

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

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!