Introducing the NERFCS Shipping System (Beta)

The New, Expedited, Really-fast Copter Shipping (or NERFCS) program is SparkFun’s latest and greatest shipping option. This special shipping program, while in its (shall we say) “Beta” form, is a disruptive technology that will change the way you shop. See for yourself: Ok, maybe…

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Bring on the Robots at USASEF Friday Sneak Peek

SparkFun Education will be at the United States of America Science and Engineering Festival for four days of soldering, programming, video games, programmable hats, robots and e-textiles. We do workshops. Sometimes we do really big workshops. Friday, April 25th is Sneak Peek Friday, when people are…

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The Birth of castAR: Q&A with Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, SparkFun’s Technical Researcher Pearce and Director of Marketing Jess were fortunate enough to nail down electronics superstars Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson to talk to them about their company Technical Illusions, the castAR glasses project…

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New Product Friday: Just in Case...

We’re back with another round of products for your Friday. This week was have an assortment of different products as well as some demos. We also did a demo for our new FadeCandy. That concludes the video portion of our program; let’s take a closer look at our new products. We have a…

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AVC 2014 Course Preview

Have you ever wanted to spend six months toiling over a workbench creating a robotic masterpiece only to see it explode in a ball of flames five seconds after you turn it on the day of the race? We’ve got the perfect competition for you: the SparkFun AVC! The Autonomous Vehicle Competition…

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New Tutorials To Get Your Learn On!

If you haven’t been over to our education site in a while - well, you’re missing out! Our Department of Education has been hard at work on new workshops, resources and more. We’ve also revamped our entire tutorial system to make it more user friendly and easier to find the topic…

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Engineering Roundtable - Interactive Hanging LED Array

In today’s episode of “Engineering Roundtable,” SparkFun Creative Technologist Nick Poole is here with his Interactive Hanging Lightbulb Array. This project started as the brainchild of Nick and our videographer Gregg and grew into an impressive art installation that is housed in…

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April Caption Contest Winner

Last week, we posted our monthly caption contest and you responded with great aplomb. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and today we have just that. So without further ado, here is this month’s winner: You’ll notice, our new model is black, with a yellow border. Congrats…

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New Product Friday: Chomping at the BITalino

It’s Friday once again, so we have a few new products to talk about. Nick even joins us again to demo one of the new products. Be sure to check out the video. If you want to know more about MPPT, check out the section of the tutorial here. You can learn more about what it is, what it does and…

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Enginursday: The Hormes Robot Platform

For those of you who have been living under a rock and weren’t aware, we really love robots around here. Flying robots, cute robots, ingeniously engineered robots and generally chill robots are always guaranteed to catch our eye. With this year’s AVC quickly approaching (and with it…

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Heartbleed, or CVE-2014-0160, is a pretty serious vulnerability in OpenSSL, one of the more popular libraries for encrypting communications on the internet, and its exposure this week has the internet on high alert. You can read about the details behind the bug at, but here’s…

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Join Us at USASEF in D.C.

In just a few weeks, we’ll be heading east to attend the United States Science & Engineering Festival (a.k.a. USASEF). USASEF is the largest STEM education event in the country and we are very excited. This is a reminder that we are hosting a few events that are free to anyone attending…

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Reminder: SparkFun Live - Temperature Sensing Lunchbox

Don’t forget - today starting at 3 p.m. MT, we are airing the latest episode of “SparkFun Live!” In today’s episode, Evan will build his temperature sensing lunchbox. Here is the preview video for more info on his build: If you didn’t get your parts, don’t worry -…

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April Caption Contest

It’s time again for your monthly caption contest! The rules are simple: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13. Captions submitted any other…

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Join Us at Mini Maker Faire Denver

Denver’s first-ever Maker Faire will take place on May 3rd & 4th, 2014 at the National Western Complex - and SparkFun will be there! We’ll be teaching beginning soldering at our world famous-ish soldering booth - we hope you can join us! Our soldering booth in action. As a friend of…

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New Product Friday: High Five For Wi-Fi

Products, products, and more products. That’s what Fridays are all about here at SparkFun. We have a few new things this week. Check out the video and hear our engineer Shawn explain the new CC3000 shield and breakout board. I’m not kidding here: $50k for the first person to figure out…

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Enginursday: Introducing the MicroView!

I’d like to use my Enginursday post to chat about a new project our SparkFun team is working really hard on these days – something I’m super-excited about – the MicroView! The MicroView is a collaborative project between SparkFun and our friends JP, Marcus and Maddy from Geek…

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Engineering Roundtable - ELastoLite Captain America Shield

For this edition of Engineering Roundtable, Creative Technologist Nick Poole shows us how to make your own Captain America shield in time for the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” movie release this Friday. Oooh, shieldy Nick decided to take his shield to the next level and…

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April Fool's Prank Contest Winners!

It’s April Fool’s Day! Today we’re not going to try to convince you Pete built a time machine or sell you a magic blue smoke refilling kit. Rather, today is the day we announce the winners of the SparkFun April Fool’s Day Prank Contest! If you missed the announcement - here…

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In Which We Are Not Having Fun

Hey everyone. As you might know, we had a pretty good sale on a bunch Arduino products on Saturday. Well, it turns out it may have been too good. We smashed our previous record for orders in a day, set on last year’s Cyber Monday. Back then the high water mark was around 4,000 orders, and on…

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Recent Blog Comments

froghero1 / 7 minutes ago 1

I think a package delivery challenge should be created, I’d be rather interested in watching that drones try to complete that

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Emcee Grady / 38 minutes ago 1

I understand where you’re coming from, but I don’t think the 3DR bots will have an unfair advantage. The competitors still have to do the…

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Backyard Pilot / 1 hour ago 1

You Monster! Trying to cram all those buzzwords into those innocent little sentences should be a capital offense! Seriously though: Al…

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cypher543 / 1 hour ago 1

I’ll admit that I’ve never been to an AVC, so I’m not entirely familiar with the rules, but the free 3DR Rover bit sounds completely unfair.…

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Emcee Grady / 4 hours ago 2

It’s a yet-to-be-released platform…so the lucky five will be getting something pretty special.

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Nate / 4 hours ago 2

I unapologetically don’t know all the stuff happening within SparkFun day to day. This is a hilarious video and intro to the AVC. Nice work…

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TeslaFan / 6 hours ago 1

I have to confess, I’m so sick of seeing articles fawning over fake “Delivery by drone” ads it took me until the package fell into the water…

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Dragon88 / 6 hours ago 2

Unapologetically awesome video. But you were pushing it with the white background. It’s a good thing this video didn’t have a silver border…

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Peter17 / 8 hours ago 1

When he sweeps the other orders off the desk, it made me laugh out loud.

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