Here you'll find all the extra bits & bobs that are essential to complete the swag bag of any modern maker! We have a huge number of items that will help fill out your maker tool kit, satisfy your cabling requirements or even boost your connectivity and productivity.
Cases, cases, cases!! Here is our extensive range of fantastic cases and enclosures for your maker movement activities. Choose from the slick & sleek, bold & colourful or weird & wonderful. No hobby project is complete without the perfect case to complete the look and fit the application, and here you should have no problem at all in finding the enclosure that is right for you!
Here at Pi Supply, we have our roots in the open-source and educational values provided by the open source community. The Raspberry Pi is such a fantastic educational tool, and these kits open up even more possibilities for anyone to learn about electronics and programming.
We carry a large range of power supplies and power solutions which cater to any need that you might have in your maker adventures. Whether you just need a standard mains supply, to be able to make your projects portable, or something a bit more heavy duty, we've got you covered so you never get caught short.
Inside this part of the shop you can find all the bits and pieces you need for your prototyping needs. Here you can kit out your maker station with tools and consumables, as well as other components such as headers, sensors and accelerometers to bring all those epic ideas to life!
Here you can find the range of everyone's favourite single board computer! The revolutionary Raspberry Pi has brought more possibilities within the grasp of developers than ever before, and here you can get your hands on the board that will bring that next idea to life. The Raspberry Pi has come to us in many shapes and sizes, but whichever model you want or need, this platform is guaranteed to pack a punch!
Take a look at all the original products we have to offer here at Pi Supply! Whether you are looking for self-solder kits or fully assembled HATs, you can explore new horizons with Pi Supply, and do even more to unlock the potential of your Raspberry Pi. Check out our range for LED & IR toys, ePaper applications, power solutions and much more to expand your range of projects.
The Bluefruit LE Friend is your new BLE BFF! This USB-to-BLE board makes it easy to get your computer talking to your BLE enabled phone or tablet using a standard serial/UART connection.
In it's simplest form, it works on the same principle as a common USB/Serial adapter. Any data that you enter via your favorite terminal emulator on your development machine will be transferred over the air to the connected phone or tablet, and vice versa, as a basic 'UART' connection
Completely transparent Data mode for USB to Bluetooth LE UART connectivity from computer to tablet/phone
Connect to any phone or tablet with BLE, great for debugging or developing BLE devices or apps
Works great with both Nordic (Android/iOS) or Adafruit (iOS) UART app, check out Adafruit's source code if you want to create your own app!
Uses the fancy Nordic nRF51822 chipset with custom firmware
Optional Command mode to set GATT services/characteristics, advertising name/packet, Beacon capability, query status, RSSI, etc.
Comes with standard Over-the-Air DFU bootloader, reprogram firmware using any BLE-capable iOS or Android device
4 LED indicators: blue connection status, red mode status, orange and green for RX/TX
Snap-off SWD connector for advanced JTAG re-programming
Comes with Nordic nRF58122 developer key
You might be asking, Hey my macbook already has Bluetooth and I can get a USB Bluetooth adapter, so why use this? Good question! Windows 7 doesn't support Bluetooth Low Energy natively, and on Win8 or OS X you'll have to sort through a huge pile of native Bluetooth APIs and development tools that often require an annual paid license and specific license terms to access. You can't just connect wirelessly without a huge stack of software or firmware in the way because there isn't a standard, open source, cross-platform way to talk BLE today.
The Bluefruit Friend is much more, it has a full BLE peripheral stack and interface software so that you can treat your BLE connection just like a UART connection - that makes it trivial to use with free Terminal software or scripting software like python (with pySerial). Using Bluefruit LE Friend, you can be up and running in under and hour on just about anything with a USB port, with easy migration across platforms and operating systems.
To use, simply plug into your computer and flip the switch to either UART mode (transparent data transfer, anything you type will be sent, and data from phone is received as well) or CoMmanD mode, where thanks to an easy to learn AT command set, you can also create you own basic GATT Services and Characteristics, simulate Beacons, and change the way that the device name appears/advertises itself.
To make sure that your device stays up to date and can benefit from the latest Bluefruit LE firmware from Adafruit, you can also update the firmware on your BLEFriend over the air using any BLE-supported iOS or Android device. Adafruit always try to keep the bar as high as possible, and one of the biggest advantages of the BLEFriend and the entire Bluefruit LE family is that they wrote and maintain all of the firmware running on the devices themselves from scratch and will be releasing new firmware and bug fixes without having to rely on a third-party vendor. For super-advanced users, they have an SWD connector on board that can be used to reprogram the nrf51822 using Nordic's SDK and an SWD debugger
You can even pick up a sniffer edition of the board that comes pre-flashed with special firmware that turns your BLEFriend into a low cost Bluetooth Low Energy sniffer, capturing data and pushing it out to Wireshark. This firmware takes over the entire module so you cannot use the over-the-air programming ability, a J-Link programmer is required. We currently offer this as a separate product since not everyone has a J-Link.
Adafruit have a huge tutorial with all the details over at the Adafruit Learning System!