Monday, February 2, 2015

The New Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has been Announced!!

As I am sure the opinion is shared everywhere, you can never have too much Pi(e), or RAM. Well the folks over at the Raspberry Pi Foundation are helping out with both of those with the release of the new Raspberry Pi 2! It is quite an exciting announcement and hopefully you will see them in the store soon. You can check out all the details at RaspberryPi.Org
Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), featuring: A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance) 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory) Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

$0.99 Electronics Deal - Raspberry Pi Model B w/ NOOBs SD Card

We are bringing back our $0.99 Electronics Deal. For this deal we offer up a promotion for a limited quantity (usually 1 but sometimes more) and sell an item for $0.99, shipping not included. The deal is made available through obvious or not so obvious ways. For this time around a coupon will be sent out from @atomsindustries twitter account at a random time. The coupon will bring the price for the item down to $0.99 and will only be good once. So only one person will get to use it. You'd better follow @atomsindustries and be ready to react when it happens.

To make it fun for more people we are currently implementing the rule that if you have received the $0.99 Electronics Deal in the past you cannot receive it again. If you try, the order will be canceled and the deal will go out again. This may change in the future but that is how it is for now.

For these types of promotions to keep going we need to see increasing involvement. So if you would like to continue to see these deals, you need to spread the word about them. Chances are if you are into DIY electronics you know others that are too. Let them know they have a chance to get some great items at a very low price. If you do receive the deal then let people know what you got and how you plan to use it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's an ADAFRUIT BLACK Friday! And more...

All Adafruit brand products are 15% off for Black Friday 2014. The discount is applied automatically in the cart.

We will also be bringing back the $0.99 electronics deals throughout the holiday season.

Here at Atoms Industries we <3 Adafruit!! Their products are always top quality and with all the information you can find in the Adafruit Learning System we know our customers won't have any trouble getting their projects completed. So for Black Friday this year we are offering 15% off all the great Adafruit Brand products we have in stock. The 15% is applied in the cart at checkout automatically, no coupon required.

Also this holiday season we are going to revisit our $0.99 Electronics Deals where you could end up getting some great items for only $0.99. So keep your eyes peeled on the site and on the @atomsindustries twitter account for some random deals to pop up.

What projects did you have in mind for the Holiday season? Let us know in the comments.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Drones for good

Here is a nice little article from Richard Branson (@richardbranson) about using the rapidly developing advancements in UAV technology for good causes. Which is quite refreshing, since most of the news on drones is about surveillance and discussions regarding lethal autonomy.

"Earlier this year, the Consumer Electronics Show described 2014 as “the year of the drone”. In the last month alone, Google has unveiled a new drone delivery system, the Pentagon has announced a new drone base in the Sahara, and conservationists have been using drones to monitor, study and protect endangered species."

There is so much more you can do with an Eye in the Sky than invade peoples privacy. How would you make a drone a do gooder?

Why everyone’s talking about drones

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Know your roots. A look back at the evolution of wearable tech

With all the power promised by "new" technology it is no wonder that as soon as something life changing comes along we want to be able to take it everywhere. As great as pockets are, they only offer so much storage. Plus you still have to spend all that time reaching in and finding whatever it is you need. In comes wearable devices! Need the time? Look at your wrist. Need to control a hidden computer to cheat at black jack? Twiddle your toes! Have some heavy calculating to do? Better brush up on your abacus skills! Atmel has a great post looking back on some (really old) wearable tech devices and it is definitely worth a look!

A look back at the evolution of wearable tech

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Myo Final Design is Unveiled

Thalmic Labs has (finally!!) unveiled the final design for the Myo Armband

After two years of development, we could not be more excited to share the final design of the Myo armband with you. As revealed today in our press release, the new design has taken on a more sleek design than the Myo Alpha units which have been going out to developers over the past six months.

I have been looking forward to getting my hands on (or arms through) a Myo since they were first announced. With the developer kits shipping in July, Atoms Industries will be exploring different ways of how the Myo can be used to enhance the daily processes of running an eCommerce company. It will all depend on the speed and easy of control that can be achieved with the hardware. What daily actions would you improve with a Myo?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Nanite 85 - The Nanoist Arduino Yet

Tim over at Tim's Blog has designed what is arguably the smallest Arduino compatible board to date. The Nanite 85

I designed this board for fun after the Digispark and, subsequentally, the Adafruit Trinket were announced. The motivation was to have my own ATtiny85 based development board based on a USB bootloader and optimized for the ubiquitous 170 point mini-breadboards. In contrast to the Digispark it even sports a reset button. However, it lacks an integrated voltage converter as it is supposed to be powered by USB... -Tim

Using Micronucleus bootloader to have the Attiny85 handle the USB interface, Tim is able to keep this board super tiny. It is quite an impressive uC board layout that would work great for any USB powered project that just needs a little bit of logic and doesn't take up a lot of space. For more details, be sure to check out the rest of Tim's article. If you want to take a stab at your own tiny dev board, many of the Nanite 85 resources can be found on GitHub, including Eagle Files and code.