February 2013 Newsletter

Newsletter February 2013
It has been rather a long time since the last Technobots newsletter, in fact far too long. We are having problems where the list of subscribers being emailed can exceed our daily allowance so not all newsletters are getting through. We are shortly going to be moving to one of the leading email providers to manage our newsletter circulation and you will shortly be receiving another Email to confirm your wish to continue receiving our newsletter. This is to provide proof to the new provider that our circulation list is genuine and obtained honestly (which of course it is!). We do hope that you wish to continue receiving the newsletter and we will do our bit to make it more regular - typically monthly and to include exclusive subscriber offers.

Whilst we have been quiet on the newsletter front, we have been far from quiet at Technobots. Our product range continues to evolve and if you haven't visited the site recently, then it's worth a fresh look to see what we have to offer from the 8,200+ products.
What's New
Whats new
There has been so many new products added during the last year, we cannot list them all here but we will highlight latest new products starting with the next issue of the newsletter. For now, a selection of recently added products are featured below. You can also see the latest new products as they are added on our home page.

MakerBeam is a T-slot technology that makes complex machine building easier and more effective and fit many products already available from Technobots. So whether you are building a 3D printer, a camera slider or a robot, MakerBeam is worth checking out.

T-slot is a popular technology widely used for industrial automation, robotics and machine enclosures. These compatible mini-T components simplify complex machine building and give you enormous flexibility.

The MakerBeam beams are made of aluminium with a 10x10mm profile. Making it the smallest and strongest T-slot system. Brackets are made from stainless steel as are the fixings.
HUB-ee Powered Wheels
Hub-ee Wheel

Creative Robotics thought it would be handy if you could just buy a wheel that had the electronics and motor all built into the wheel so they set about designing one and the result is the HUB-ee - just bolt it onto a chassis, apply power and away you go!

  • Removable 12mm gearmotor - available in a range of gear ratios (currently available 20:1 and 30:1)
  • Integrated, open source PCB with:
    • Motor driver IC
    • 32 stripe (128 counts per revolution) quadrature encoder
  • Designed for tyres or tank tracks
  • Two internal threaded inserts (metric M3 or imperial 4/40) make it easy to bolt on to a chassis.
  • LEGO(r)
  • Compatible mounting sockets (with a Mindstorms NXT compatible PCB coming soon!)

They are easy to take apart so you can remove or replace the motor or electronics, and they are developing a range of different circuit boards with features ranging from LEGO NXT compatibility to full closed loop speed control (so you can plug it in and control it as easily as a hobby servo).

Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It's a miniature ARM-based PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays High-Definition video.

Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU
GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
Boots from SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system (supplied separately)
10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
HDMI video socket
2 x USB 2.0 sockets
RCA composite video socket
SD card socket
Powered from microUSB socket
3.5mm audio out jack
Header for GPIO and serial buses
Header footprint for JTAG connector
Connector for Raspberry Pi HD video camera
Size: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm

We also stock low cost accessories such as SD cards, USB keyboard, USB mouse, leads etc. We will also be having a complete starter kit late February.

MaxBotix Ultrasonic Sensors
MaxBotix Inc. offers easy to use ultrasonic distance sensors that provide stable range readings. The ultrasonic sensors have been designed into a wide range of solutions. With over 60 standard sensors across 14 product lines along with their related accessories. Check out the full line at Technobots.
What's Coming
We are always adding new products but one line worthy of note is that we shall be stocking OpenBeam to compliment the MakerBeam featured above.
Finally, just a reminder that you will be receiving an Email during the next few weeks to confirm if you wish to continue receiving the newsletter.
Paul Cooper
Technobots Ltd

Technobots Ltd, 60 Rumbridge Street, Totton, Hampshire SO40 9DS, UNITED KINGDOM


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