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  • Arduino Derivative Buying Guide - 2018
    March 5, 2018

    Arduino Derivative Buying Guide - 2018

    Not only are we constantly adding the latest Arduino original boards but we're always on the lookout for the best new derivative boards. These are boards that are designed and built using the Arduino footprint and/or the Arduino bootloader, they...

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  • A guide to Original Arduino Boards (2018)
    February 14, 2018

    A guide to Original Arduino Boards (2018)

    We've added lots of new Arduino products recently and it can be hard tell the difference between them all so we thought we'd give you a quick little guide on the differences so you can decide which ones best for your next project....

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  • How to use a Big Dome Button!
    February 7, 2018

    How to use a Big Dome Button!

    The Big Dome Buttons are one some of our best selling items - we've had customers using them for everything from turning on Christmas lights to interactive walls. Our iconic red buttons have even been featured on some of the most popular...

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  • Guide to the BBC micro:bit
    October 12, 2017

    Guide to the BBC micro:bit

    One of our favourite products at Cool Components is the BBC micro:bit. Here’s our comprehensive guide to the micro:bit, and some exciting projects you can create with it. The BBC micro:bit The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection,...

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  • Introduction to XBee
    September 21, 2017

    Introduction to XBee

    Xbee modules are a family of really nice little radio devices that use the ZigBee or 802.15.4 protocol. They send and receive data via the 2.4GHz or 900Mhz band at a relatively low power and can be used to set...

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  • 7 Reasons Why The Photon Rocks!
    September 21, 2017

    7 Reasons Why The Photon Rocks!

    The Photon is a small, cheap, WiFi enabled Internet of Things board. We've been playing with it recently, and it's really awesome - here's why. 1.Getting Connected Is Super-Easy The Photon connects to the internet via WiFi, so before using, you'll need...

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  • Addressable LED Strips - Common Questions
    September 21, 2017

    Addressable LED Strips - Common Questions

    We love 'em. LED strips are pretty amazing. You can create amazing lighting installations, shimmering wearables or just add some blinky bling to your living room! But for the beginner, there are some issues which are confusing. Here's a quick...

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  • Arduino - Buying Guide
    September 13, 2017

    Arduino - Buying Guide

    Introduction Arduino is a family of small, cheap, singleboard computers, used by hobbyists, students, academics, artists, and a whole range of different people. Despite new-comers like the Raspberry Pi, the Arduino is still a fantasic choice for people who want to create a...

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