The Akafugu Blog

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner!

To celebrate we are running a sale starting November 28th (Black Friday) and running through the weekend until the end of Monday December 1st.

Use the following coupon for 10 % off any purchase: BFCM2014

Now available in the store: The LED Matrix 3x3.

We started selling this product at Maker FAire Tokyo 2014 and it is now available in our online shop!

This is an easy to use RGB led matrix (3x3 full color pixels). It is compatible with Adafruit’s Neo Pixel library.

Features:

  • 3x3 RGB LED matrix
  • 9 WS2812B RGB LEDs
  • Compatible with 5V and 3.3V microcontrollers
  • Controlled by a single wire
  • Easy to use library available for Arduino and other microcontrollers

Additional information here.

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at Maker Faire Tokyo 2014, which was held last weekend in Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba.

We were busy at the booth, but still managed to sneak in some time to browse around. Here’s a collection of some of the pictures we snapped, along with some commentary.

Here’s our booth. Our clocks are prominently displayed, as you would expect, but we are also showing off some projects we did for consulting.

The Akafugu Booth

Highlights from our own booth include:

  • A new Nixie Clock: The Nixie Modular Clock. This version is a 4-digit IN-14 clock. We are also working on a version with IN-12 tubes, and hope to have these produced over the next couple of months. We brought a small number of these clocks as kits to sell at the faire, as a limited number prerelease.

  • LED Matrix 3x3. A tightly packed 3x3 matrix of the popular WS2812B single-wire RGB LEDs. These will be available on our store in packs of three shortly.

  • NFC Box with custom encloure. This is part of a consulting assignment. It supports NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy, and has a bright 8x8 LED matrix used for status indication (for when the user taps a card or interacts with the box via BLE).

  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module Base Board. The Raspberry Pi Compute is a great new embedded Linux Module from the Raspberry Pi team. The module is shaped like a memory module, and contains just the processor and storage. We created a base board for it with built-in 4-port USB hub, Serial console for debugging, and a soft power on/off button (for shutting the Linux system down gracefully before cutting off power).

  • VFD Modular Clock mbed IV-18 edition. A new version of our most popular clock, the IV-18 VFD Modular Clock. This version is based on mbed (rather than Arduino, that we use in our other kits), and is populated with SMT parts only. We plan to sell this on our site as a solder-free kit: You assemble the enclosure yourself, but all the electronics come pre-soldered.

  • 4-screen OLED clock. A new clock concept that we are developing, where each digit is a 64x128 pixel black and white OLED display. The clock can display several fonts, and we plan to provide lots of different ones based on open source fonts.

  • Freetronics RGB LED Cube. Just like last year, the LED Cube and VFD Modular Clock IV-18 were our bestsellers.

Pictures from around Maker Faire

And now some pictures we snapped from various other booths. Most of these don’t have any comments as we had limited time and didn’t manage to get everyone’s cards.

Tokyo Hackerspace was at the neigbor table as usual. Thanks for all the stickers! We will be doing a soldering class at their space in Nogizaka mid-december where we will solder the VFD Modular Clock.

The Emerge+ booth. Yamada-san showed off nice enclosures for Raspberry Pi A+ and B+, as well as a very cool VESA mount for RPi/Beaglebone black. The second picture shows an enclosure for the LPCLINK2 debugger (we bought this last year!)

All our acrylic enclosures are cut by Emerge+.

Toshiba FlashAir Wifi SD cards are wifi-equipped SD cards that are most commonly used for wirelessly syncing pictures from digital cameras. It seems that Toshiba is in the process of opening up the API for these devices, which allows them to be used for all sorts of other cool things. Control from an Arduino is possible via the SPI interface, and you can use it as an internet gateway, either serving log files you generate on your Arduino, or using the built-in http client. The developer site is available in both English and Japanese, but currently, the Japanese site has far more information.

Nixie wrist watch with 4 IN-17 tubes. Runs off AAA batteries.

Nixie tube production. These guys are Maker Faire veterans, and they always show off their cool Nixie creations. New this year were examples of Nixie tubes they produce themselves. We didn’t get a chance to chat with them, so we don’t know how far along they are, but the demonstration tube looked very impressive.

Relay Nixie Clock

Fisheye lens adapters.

Various other pictures:

Now available in our store: FTDI Serial Adapter.

We’ve added a switch for easy access to both 3.3V and 5V, no more solder jumpers. We also upgraded to the new FT231X chipset, be sure to update your drivers.

Changelog: * Switch for selecting between 5V and 3.3V easily * Compact design * Stylish high-quality yellow PCB * Still standard 6-pin FTDI header with DTR signal for reset

Blog Archive

  • SEPT 24 2014: Arduino Packages Updated to 1.0.6
  • MAY 21 2014: Explaining CON/con parts for MDC Luna machines
  • MAY 01 2014: New Product - VFD Moduar Clock IV-4 6-digit
  • MAY 01 2014: Golden Week Vacation and Sale
  • APR 28 2014: SO, SOP, TSOP, which is which?
  • APR 28 2014: Updated Product - The Akafugu Nixie Clock 3.0
  • APR 22 2014: Coming Soon - Akafugu Nixie Clock version 3
  • APR 10 2014: Xmegaduino beta5 released!
  • APR 07 2014: DIY tray for MDC Pick and Place machine
  • JAN 05 2014: New Product - Diet Nixie
  • DEC 09 2013: New Product - VFD Modular Clock IV-18
  • NOV 24 2013: New products from Freetronics
  • NOV 06 2013: To customers who bought VFD Modular Clock at Maker Faire Tokyo
  • OCT 23 2013: Halloween Spooky Eyes Decoration
  • SEPT 12 2013: VFDDeluxe Firmware v1.1 Released
  • AUG 20 2013: Vetinari Clock Rock
  • AUG 10 2013: Obon Sale
  • JULY 28 2013: New Product - Cmoy Headphone Amplifier Kit
  • JULY 18 2013: New Product - RGB LED Cube
  • JULY 08 2013: Product updates - VFD Modular Clock and The Akafugu Nixie Clock
  • JULY 01 2013: Visit to Fab Cafe in Shibuya
  • JUNE 04 2013: Alternate firmware for LED Candle
  • MAY 30 2013: VFD Modular Clock Raspberry PI Edition Sneak Preview
  • MAY 01 2013: New Product - IV-22 6-digit VFD Modular Clock Shield
  • APR 17 2013: Akafugu products on display in Osaka
  • APR 16 2013: Raspberry Pi Reference Sheet from Surrey Hampshire Hackspace
  • APR 02 2013: New Product - Vetinari Clock
  • MAR 14 2013: New Product - Four Letter Word Generator add-on
  • FEB 27 2013: Diet Nixie Sneak Preview
  • FEB 07 2013: Reprogramming the VFD Modular Clock
  • FEB 04 2013: VFD Soldering Class Pictures
  • JAN 31 2013: Arduino Spectrum Analyzer
  • JAN 30 2013: Nixie Clock Firmware Issue Discovered
  • JAN 30 2013: Reprogramming the Akafugu Nixie Clock and Simpleclock
  • JAN 21 2013: Nixie clock back in stock
  • JAN 20 2013: Nixie and VFD clock classes at Tokyo Hacker Space
  • JAN 05 2013: Nixie Clock Out of Stock
  • JAN 04 2013: VFD Modular Clock IV-4/IV-17 and IV-6 Shield Pinouts
  • JAN 02 2013: Awesome VFD Modular Clock Case
  • DEC 21 2012: Christmas and New Year Break and Sale
  • DEC 10 2012: New firmware for Simpleclock
  • DEC 08 2012: VFD Modular Clock kit contents update
  • DEC 05 2012: Thank you everyone that visited us at Maker Faire Tokyo 2012
  • DEC 05 2012: Using TWILCD with Adafruit RGB displays
  • DEC 04 2012: Interesting blog - Using an Arduino to program ATTiny chips
  • NOV 28 2012: Preparing for Maker Faire
  • NOV 21 2012: Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale
  • NOV 15 2012: Testing serial devices with Akafuino L
  • NOV 13 2012: New Version 1.0.2 of Arduino Released
  • OCT 29 2012: Nixie Clock enclosure
  • OCT 28 2012: Halloween Sale
  • OCT 17 2012: Teensy 3.0 support for our TWI/I2C products
  • OCT 13 2012: Our shop is now available in Japanese
  • OCT 08 2012: New Nixie class at Tokyo Hacker Space
  • OCT 06 2012: Akafugu at Maker Faire Tokyo 2012
  • OCT 05 2012: Two new schematics added
  • OCT 01 2012: VFD Modular Clock - Problem Fix Advisory and Firmware Update
  • SEPT 30 2012: Akafuino X schematic
  • SEPT 28 2012: Soldering classes at Tokyo Hacker Space
  • SEPT 25 2012: QR-code on invoices
  • SEPT 24 2012: Nixie Clock schematics and firmware
  • SEPT 21 2012: New Product - The Akafugu Nixie Clock
  • SEPT 15 2012: New Product - ProjectBox for Arduino
  • SEPT 14 2012: Suntory Espressoda - review
  • SEPT 09 2012: Sneak preview
  • SEPT 08 2012: Back in stock! VFD Modular Clock - Enclosure - IV-17/IV-4 and TWI 7-seg Display compact stand
  • SEPT 07 2012: From the mail...
  • SEPT 06 2012: VFD Modular Clock Update - Now shipping with IV-4 tubes
  • SEPT 04 2012: TWILCD together with OLED
  • SEPT 03 2012: MENWIZ together with TWILCD
  • AUG 31 2012: Making a Pick & place machine, part 2
  • AUG 22 2012: Tokyo HackerSpace Moving In Party
  • AUG 14 2012: Back in stock! TWILCD and Akafuino X
  • AUG 10 2012: New Product - TWIDisplay 8-digit LCD
  • AUG 09 2012: New Reference Files for VFD Modular Clock, part 2
  • AUG 08 2012: New Reference Files for VFD Modular Clock
  • JULY 20 2012: Summer break
  • JULY 06 2012: Making a Pick & place machine, part 1
  • JULY 05 2012: Microcontroller Reference Sheet SMD v1.0
  • JUNE 27 2012: New Product - Akafuino L
  • JUNE 16 2012: New Product Reviews
  • JUNE 13 2012: USB and serial ports on Arduino Leonardo
  • MAY 23 2012: New Product - DS3231M Real Time Clock Breakout
  • MAY 22 2012: New Product - Simpleclock
  • APR 24 2012: New Products
  • APR 19 2012: 4x40 display and big numbers
  • APR 16 2012: TWIDisplay .net Micro Library
  • APR 09 2012: Xmegaduino beta4 released!
  • APR 09 2012: Avr-gcc 4.5.1, Avr-libc 1.7.1 and delay problems
  • APR 06 2012: New product - TWILCD 40x2/40x4/RGB edition
  • MAR 22 2012: New Product - Smoke Black Acrylic Stand for TWIDisplay
  • MAR 16 2012: New Microchip 25AA02E48 arduino library
  • MAR 15 2012: ATXMega Reference Sheet v1.0
  • MAR 05 2012: TWILCD Compatibility
  • MAR 02 2012: Electronics Reference Sheet v1.0
  • FEB 29 2012: Four Letter Word Generator PART 2 - EEPROM Programmer
  • FEB 13 2012: VFD Modular Clock Review
  • FEB 08 2012: Four Letter Word Generator
  • FEB 02 2012: New version of the Microcontroller Reference Sheet with Arduino-tiny pinouts
  • JAN 20 2012: Xmega Overclocking
  • JAN 10 2012: New Product - Shift Register Breakout Board
  • JAN 05 2012: Now in stock - Akafuino X
  • JAN 02 2012: VFD Clock Updates
  • DEC 22 2011: Opening Hours During the Holiday
  • DEC 20 2011: New Product - TWILCD
  • DEC 17 2011: Now In Stock - Serial and ISP Breadboard Adapter
  • DEC 03 2011: New Products
  • DEC 01 2011: Arduino 1.0 is out
  • NOV 25 2011: Using the Wire library with the Xmegaduino Arduino IDE
  • NOV 20 2011: VFD Modular Clock
  • NOV 15 2011: Meet the Akafuino X
  • OCT 31 2011: Eagle 3D models with EagleUp
  • OCT 01 2011: Microcontroller reference sheet
  • SEPT 28 2011: uA-meter Thermometer