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Mouser Peps Up Open Source Offering

Mouser Electronics has strengthened its open source line up by signing a global distribution agreement with DFRobot, a leading robotics and open source hardware provider.

The DFRobot product line focuses on the Gravity Series plug-and-play toolkit and the LattePanda single-board computer.

The open source Gravity Series provides an easy-to-use platform for developing prototypes for applications ranging from smart home and robotics to industrial manufacturing and environmental monitoring.

Gravity Series boards and modules offer colour-coded pin headers and reversible three-pin interfaces that allow users of any skill level to easily connect, mix, and develop projects that are compatible with Arduino and other platforms.

Mouser stocks a wide variety of Gravity sensor and physical modules, including light, temperature, and gas sensors; an infrared (IR) receiver; a line-tracking sensor; and an analogue flame sensor.

To connect multiple sensors to an Arduino board, users can attach the IO Expansion Shield to the headers of an Arduino UNO R3 (or compatible) board.

The Gravity Arduino Starter Kit is a plug-and-play electronics toolkit that helps beginners easily learn how to work with sensors and the Arduino platform.

The kit includes a DFRduino UNO R3 microcontroller, which functions exactly the same as Arduino UNO, and 12 popular Gravity components and sensors.

The Gravity 27-Piece Sensor Kit for Arduino offers a robust selection of sensors that are fully compatible with the Arduino platform.

The kit features a bundle of the most popular DFRobot Gravity sensors, including those for light, CO2, sound, touch, and distance, plus an accelerometer and a relay module. Both the Starter Kit and Sensor Kit use the IO Expansion Shield for connecting sensors to the Arduino board.

LattePanda is a powerful single-board computer that combines Windows 10 with an Arduino-compatible co-processor for physical computing. The board is based on the quad-core Intel Atom Z8350 processor running up to 1.9GHz and also supports both Linux and Android.

It allows developers to run powerful tools such as Visual Studio, NodeJS, Java, and Processing, and provides APIs for developing software and hardware projects in C#, JavaScript, Ruby and more.

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