Your SparkFun January Caption Contest Is Here!

Get your captions in for a chance at an exciting prize!

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It's time for the January edition of the SparkFun caption contest! The rules are as follows:

  • Leave your best caption to the photo below in the comments section. The comments section is the only way to enter the contest.
  • We will accept entries from the time this post goes live until January 17th, 2014 at 10 a.m. MT.
  • Keep your captions clean! Anything we deem inappropriate will be promptly deleted in spectacular fashion (well, not very spectacular...we'll just delete it).
  • We'll judge the captions and the one that we like the most based on our arbitrary yet highly scientific methods will win the prize. Contrary to popular belief, the caption with the most upvotes does not always win!

Here is your photo:

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Your caption goes here

The prize this time around is a special wishlist - "The Kits Kit." This wishlist includes a handful of our favorite SparkFun original kits - namely the new Simon Tilts Kit, the Simon Says PTH Kit, the RedBoard PTH Kit, the ClockIt Kit, the BigTime Watch Kit and - of course - the SparkFun Inventor's Kit. This prize has a retail value of about $240ish...not too shabby!

Ready, set....caption!

Update: We have a winner! Member #468914 took home the Kits Kit for their winning caption - "Quickly going over the table of contents." Nice work!


Comments 376 comments

  • crawdingle / about 8 years ago / 34

    Quickly going over the table of contents.

  • kirby g / about 8 years ago / 15

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • Member #509113 / about 8 years ago / 10

    New parts, it's like catnip to their kind.

  • PatentExaminer / about 8 years ago / 8

    Ever wonder why there's a Dings and Dents page?

  • ManDrake / about 8 years ago / 8

    Sparkfun employees are not born - they are made.

  • MechaTweak / about 8 years ago / 7

    Favorite pastime: Watching electrical engineers attempting to intelligently interact with mechanical components.

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 5

    Linear motion demonstration gone wrong.

  • Echo / about 8 years ago * / 5

    Use a spray bottle to prevent your cat or Sparkfun employees from jumping onto tables and counters.

    • ME heat o nator / about 8 years ago / 1

      I thought blenders were a more modern solution to that problem. Although I never thought of using them for SF employees.

  • When you were told to get your butt in gear, this is NOT what was meant!

  • Member #428629 / about 8 years ago / 4

    Let's go over the stuff on the table...

  • This is actually how we clean all our tables.

  • jma89 / about 8 years ago / 4

    Just because there are light bulbs doesn't mean it's a bright idea.

  • Bunk / about 8 years ago * / 4

    Sparkfun Employee Teardown

    (ignore my original entry: We can rebuild him: we have the technology.)

  • metrazol / about 8 years ago / 4

    "Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full."

  • Member #482906 / about 8 years ago / 4

    Note: The datasheet for the Nic module states the input as "12VDC"; that should read "pizza".

  • GCF / about 8 years ago * / 4

    John Connor travels from the future to destroy SparkFun's new robot kit parts, in fear that SkyNet will be built from Arduinos and Actobotics.

  • Paul Rose / about 8 years ago / 4

    Cool: Starsky over the hood of '75 Gran Torino

    Not cool: You over the SparkFun Acrobotics demo

  • karltrout / about 8 years ago / 4

    "NO DISASSEMBLE No. 5!!! No. 5 Disassemble You!!!"

  • RocketGuy / about 8 years ago / 3

    Nic misunderstood his life coach: "staying positive while remaining grounded" didn't work out so well at 120V...

  • SparkyHF / about 8 years ago / 3

    Demonstrating how the new ball bearings from Actobotics work.

  • JGuthridge / about 8 years ago / 3

    SparkFun is home to many sufferers of OCDD. Obsessive Compulsive Destruction Disorder, on proud display.

  • "And that, my son, is why all of the chairs at work now have a warning label on them"

  • RocketGuy / about 8 years ago / 3

    That's not the linear slide I was looking for...

  • Josiahdg / about 8 years ago / 3

    New product Friday... Acrobotics!!!

  • and...he's SAFE!!!

  • BeerCannon / about 8 years ago / 3

    The founding of the "Actobotics Scratch-n-Dent" sale.

  • fgodfrey / about 8 years ago / 3

    "I find your lack of faith in the New Product Video disturbing".

  • Eze01 / about 8 years ago / 3

    He couldn't outrun them. His last chance was to barricade himself into the board room and construct the most magnificent defense robot of all time. He jumped at the parts with fervor, too much some might say. All was lost though, he had forgotten his SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.

  • slpitz / about 8 years ago / 3

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  • Kaius / about 8 years ago / 3

    Here we see a wild Sparkfunian staking its claim through scent and not dibs.

  • Dave1234567890 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun employee: The Godzilla of the Robotic Hardware Kingdom.

  • Dave1234567890 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Not all ideas are bright ideas in the Sparkfun electronics playground. It's all about having fun!

  • Member #383017 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Proving we really eat, sleep, and breath with our products.

  • Anoyomouse / about 8 years ago / 2

    And that's when we figured out how many volts the tazer really was ...

  • Tsaot / about 8 years ago / 2

    Lesson learned today: rolling in robotics creates bruises, not cyborgs.

  • Hummh... I know we keep trying to hire people that are very enthusiastic about electronics, but I think when Nate told the new guy he needs to do what ever it takes to stay on top of the new Actobotics parts inventory, he took him a little to literal.

  • Idkradio / about 8 years ago / 2

    Aperture Science: The early years

  • einro / about 8 years ago / 2

    We stress test all our products ... and employees.

  • Member #213513 / about 8 years ago / 2

    I'm on top of all these new robotics products.

  • Sorescale / about 8 years ago / 2

    Restocking the Dings and Dents section

  • Member #509325 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Not all SparkFun kits come as pictured. See product listing for details.

  • Member #506996 / about 8 years ago / 2

    At SparkFun, it doesn't ship until we put our mark on it.

  • bgsteiner / about 8 years ago / 2

    Katamari Damacy SparkFun Style

  • mcenhillk / about 8 years ago / 2

    I don't always appear in New Product Friday videos but when I do, I do it with style.

  • Grey Wolf / about 8 years ago / 2

    Now, lets go over that again.

  • Member #509300 / about 8 years ago / 2

    I just can't get the hang of these wearables.

  • Thetinkerer / about 8 years ago / 2

    "Here, in the jungles of Actobotica, we find an increasingly rare species: the engineer. Limited in his mounting holes, he finds it hard to be accepted by the herd and must try to impress them with demonstrations of his prowess..." - To Be Continued...

  • eewestcoaster / about 8 years ago / 2

    ...and unlike many other SparkFun kits which include tutorials and sample code, the Actobotics kit contains an actual engineer to help you get up and running.

  • Member #373257 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Couldn't find the datasheet, so I improvised!

  • pjkim / about 8 years ago / 2

    "Actobotics are so easy, I can assemble a robot without using my hands." He regretted his words as he tried to pick up the size 42 sprocket using his left ass cheek.

  • sanloublues / about 8 years ago / 2

    The idea of including an engineer with the kits was abandoned in favor of instruction manuals after packaging difficulties

  • Simultaneously in the other room Nathan says, "You know, I think we should get one more good picture of the Actobotics system while we have it all laid out."

  • Member #126518 / about 8 years ago / 2

    What happens you place the keg in the kitting area

  • Matt24 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Whenever I try to reenact XKCD's 'compiling' comic, both I and my chair usually end up on top of separate tables.

  • johnjulian / about 8 years ago / 2

    The newest addition to the robotics line. Does it come in anything other than olive drab?

  • Member #509135 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Acto-borg deal: buy 10 Actobotics parts and you'll get a fully-hackable Human Being to use for building your DIY cyborg! See the Tutorial on how to design a homemade Robocop.

  • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago / 2

    "What the heck are you guys doing?" "Ummm, stress testing?"

  • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago / 2

    After watching Duck Tales, normal people want a room full of money to swim in. Engineers want a room full of Sparkfun parts.

  • GlenEricM / about 8 years ago / 2

    Unplug It!! UNPLUG IT!!!!!!

  • SolamenteDoug / about 8 years ago / 2

    Acrobotulism claims another Boulder-area engineer. Film at 11.

  • Dteck / about 8 years ago / 2

    When Rob said to check out the powered slides in the robot kit. Some people misinterpreted his invitation...

  • Member #150277 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Up Next: How to safely handle a charged capacitor

  • Blipper / about 8 years ago / 2

    Lean method for robotics.

  • schwal / about 8 years ago / 2

    Nic continues his unorthodox durability testing of sparkfun's lineup.

  • Member #25095 / about 8 years ago / 2

    I'm from the government and I'm here to help. If only one person is saved, it'll be worth outlawing those power hungry incandescent bulbs.

  • The SparkFun "Acrobotics" Olympic team begins training today. They are expected to clean up in the "Broad Array of Parts" Jump.

  • Member #159977 / about 8 years ago / 2

    "We should probably rethink this robotic Slip'N Slide..."

  • Member #457924 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Invisible robot made from new Sparkfun technology challenges it's creators!

  • happicow / about 8 years ago / 2

    Clearly it takes more than one geek to change a lightbulb

  • Member #235199 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun rendition of "Starry Night"

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Rob wasn't too happy when Joe put a thumb tack in his chair.

  • bdin / about 8 years ago * / 2

    Another misinterpretation of putting a kit together "dead bug" style.

  • Member #232722 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Here at Sparkfun, we're comfortable with our products...uh....maybe too comfortable at times..

  • Member #2368 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Chaos ensues at Sparkfun when the Break-dancing Club and the Robotics Club double-booked the conference room.

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 2

    New product Red Face.

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 2

    The actobotics break dance simulator needs some work.

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Meet our newest engineer Jack Knife.

  • Ted M / about 8 years ago / 2

    The first victim of the robot apocalypse

  • fowkc / about 8 years ago / 2

    It was the worst Superman III cyborg scene recreation ever.

  • Member #497865 / about 8 years ago / 2

    my mom says: get a job!

  • Member #15009 / about 8 years ago / 2

    On second thoughts lets not do the mechanical bull.

  • astroN00B / about 8 years ago / 2

    Shotgun!!!

  • KJ / about 8 years ago / 2

    "I got it on video!" Actobotics fail video #1.

  • Member #126518 / about 8 years ago / 2

    "The chair ejector works perfectly!"

  • jhalek90 / about 8 years ago * / 2

    The new robotics part kits now come with a sparkfun employee!

  • Drepanis / about 8 years ago / 2

    Throwing one's self into robotics!

  • Madbodger / about 8 years ago / 2

    After laying out the parts in a single layer on a baking sheet, roll them flat with a large rolling pin, or yourself if a large rolling pin is not available.

  • Member #328834 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Max Payne 4: The Fall of Robotics

  • BrandonRedder / about 8 years ago / 2

    Watch out, I'm practicing angular motion!

  • R0B0T1CS / about 8 years ago / 2

    Stock This...

  • slpitz / about 8 years ago / 2

    Another Dukes of Hazzard fan...

  • Tom forgot, in all the excitement, that you have to assemble the robot to before it becomes your transportation.

  • DanJAB / about 8 years ago / 2

    I wanna be a robot!

  • googly_eyes / about 8 years ago / 2

    Caught up in the moment by the twinkling starlight, he broke into his Mr. Roboto breakdance routine

  • FlowerAskew / about 8 years ago / 2

    Can't you invest $5 for some bitter apple spray and protect all these innocent building materials?

  • Member #403238 / about 8 years ago / 2

    The T-0.9 Terminator arrived intact but never lived up to expectations. After repeated incidents of falling in open manholes and slipping on banana peels, the program was abandoned.

  • Member #286247 / about 8 years ago / 2

    The new Starsky and Hutch show!

  • garwards / about 8 years ago / 2

    And this is what happens when you lose concentration using the Force to throw a chair...

  • ME heat o nator / about 8 years ago / 2

    Actobotics is highly compatible with MOST systems. The human system has posed some problems and testing up to the point of this publication has been unsuccessful.

  • @codylmartin / about 8 years ago / 2

    Some assembly required...

  • Bob797 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Doubt we can duplicate this robot.

  • somebloke / about 8 years ago / 2

    removes beam from elbow, Note to self: Speed checking all of the ceiling lights requires a clear table.......

  • Musher / about 8 years ago / 2

    Kev Misread the notice board and saw the word 'Actobotics' thinking it was 'Acrobatics' . . . . . Oh well . . .

  • The matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. - Morpheus

  • scharkalvin / about 8 years ago / 2

    OH NO! The electrician doing the rewiring of the lighting in our new building just fell through the ceiling into the conference room!

  • Member #129431 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Early attempts at building our cyborg service department.

  • Member #12556 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Parkour!

  • NukeFrenzy / about 8 years ago / 2

    Here at Sparkfun, our QC department tests for all manner of durabilty issues...even a top rope elbow drop.

  • GregFR / about 8 years ago / 2

    Safe!!!..... uh... maybe not....

  • customerX / about 8 years ago / 2

    Yeah these Actobotics are really nice, but can they do this?

  • l0gikG8 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Why every office should have a nap room.

  • ArduM.O.P / about 8 years ago / 2

    These are so cool I just wanna hug them!

  • Member #496291 / about 8 years ago / 2

    "Woo-hoo! Acrobatics @ Sparkfun is such a great idea! Hey...wait...that whiteboard doesn't say 'acrobatics'...uh oh..."

  • Gblaze / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun's D.I.Y plastic injection molding.

  • Shivam Gautam / about 8 years ago / 1

    I also want to be assembled along with these.... :)

  • AsaJ / about 8 years ago / 1

    Having begun with a bed of nails in his pursuit of enlightenment, he is cautiously working his way up to a bed of LEGO bricks.

  • AsaJ / about 8 years ago / 1

    It was determined that a wearable Turing machine is not likely to be as popular as LilyPad. Thus mechanical textiles dissapeared as quickly as they had appeared.

  • AsaJ / about 8 years ago / 1

    We take our impromptu laser evasion drills very seriously, they are second in importance only to the surprise sharktopus self defense drills. We expect them both to be added to OSHA regulations with the next update.

  • AsaJ / about 8 years ago / 1

    His irrational fear of blue ethernet cables has resulted in more than a couple of awkward situations.

  • razor_sparks / about 8 years ago / 1

    In an attempt to recreate the Electric Slide, he merely demonstrated the effectiveness of the Actobotics A,B,C,D,E,F, AND G linear slide frames... simultaneously... and at speed. The conference table was impressed... and scratched... and gouged... The cleanup crew, however, was not moved.

  • Webby / about 8 years ago / 1

    Actobotics, maybe. Actobodies confirmed

  • Member #293584 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dude, just...broke....gravity!

  • Member #134226 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Next time, draw it straight!

  • xsk8rat / about 8 years ago / 1

    Provisional Patent Application - Title of Invention: Automatic Order-Picking Jacket Description: The jacket picks stock items from storage for order fulfillment and facilitates transports these stock items to shipping containers. Stock items are identified using various techniques - including (but not limited to); bar codes, near-field RFID. The invention also utilizes suitably "Brownian" personnel via various strategies, including (but not limited to) mosh pit participants, agitated stumbly people. Once items are picked by the jacket, the jacket then drops these items into the correct container.

  • Member #105131 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The experiments are not thus far supporting Kev's theory of early Transformer evolution.

  • Member #105131 / about 8 years ago / 1

    No, Acrobotics, YOU will be assimilated!

  • Member #509910 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Looks like either a hacker was dropped into heaven or an engineer was dropped into hell. Not sure which.

  • Member #444149 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Idiot Not Included.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Everyone pitches in here - start by stacking some chairs

  • gadgetdad / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Acrobatics 404: Robot Chassis Jumping

  • Member #459850 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Olympic Gold? A day at the Office Chair Catapult Trials.

  • Member #509905 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mad guy not know what to do with the stuff.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Can you say OSHA ??

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    First time as the meeting Chair? We thought so.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Around here, you never know who or when someone will drop into your office

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Now that was stupid - hope no one is watching us

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Just amusing ourselves In the "Bored Room"

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Rehearsing the Video Freeze Frame application?

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    New Hire? Sparkfun "Stunt Double" interviews.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Let me clear a space on my desk for you.

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    New Product Launch Pad? Now an emergency landing pad...

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Some news should not be taken laying down

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    Boulder Colorado - Not given enough publicity for those freaky Gravity surges

  • chienline / about 8 years ago / 1

    Robotic parts should be tough. This is how we test their durability...

  • Ford Anglia / about 8 years ago / 1

    New department at Sparkfun? "Counter Intelligence"

  • pursang360 / about 8 years ago / 1

    MacGruber's study of Borg assimilation was not going well.

  • Hemi345 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    "Don't worry guys, leave the clean up to me..."

  • chienline / about 8 years ago / 1

    Don't shoot ...!

  • chienline / about 8 years ago / 1

    Did you say you need your table CLEAN? Why is it always ME?

  • Bemdude / about 8 years ago / 1

    New Product Demo...lition!

  • FiveFeet / about 8 years ago / 1

    If I can't host the show, no one will.

  • Member #480667 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Actobotics Dear.... Not Aerobics :)

  • Blipper / about 8 years ago / 1

    Nic heard that lean method should work for robotics too.

  • MattTheGeek / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Electronics newest mobile app, Employee on demand! Open the app, choose the desired employee, aim at desired location and click request.

    Remember to lock your phone to prevent accidental employee requests.

  • MattTheGeek / about 8 years ago / 1

    KIT-1ULTROB - Includes 250+ parts to build the ultimate robot. Sparkfun Employee included.

  • Honus / about 8 years ago / 1

    At Sparkfun this is how we knoll.

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    Behold! The humble creation of ding and dent products.

  • Member #453342 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    As the engineer searches for his next victim, the power supplies and Ethernet cords wisely cower beneath their protective shield of disassembled robots.

  • Member #350059 / about 8 years ago / 1

    That awkward moment when you realize that light bulb over your head isn't lit.

  • onebeartoe / about 8 years ago / 1

    One flew over the Actobotics' nest.

  • Member #18279 / about 8 years ago / 1

    If your order arrived and your tech was dead, please do not return him to the store. We will ship you a new one if you call the Dead Monkey hotline at 303-945-2984.

  • Nickdphish / about 8 years ago / 1

    Here is Nic rehearsing for our in-office production of Breakin 2: Robotic Boogaloo.

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    Suddenly I think "I wonder how soft that ground is?"

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    Human to Part communication

  • JaJa / about 8 years ago / 1

    I got it! I got it!...... I got it, I got it.

  • Member #509146 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Jamie get dowwwwnnnnnnn -ArnoldSchwarzenegger

  • Member #399228 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Manual Integration With Robotics Test #35: Failed. More research required.

  • Member #122629 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The winners: black, odd, 17!

  • Gary D. / about 8 years ago / 1

    We are getting word that there has been an acrobotics outbreak at the Nufkraps facility. If you feel the sudden urge to move like a robot or stroke a stepper motor then use one of the tungsten respirators that have been deployed overhead. If the tungsten respirator lights up shove it down your pants.

  • Packrat / about 8 years ago / 1

    From the School of Hard Knocks: A chair on rollers does not a ladder make!

  • n1elkyfan / about 8 years ago / 1

    Here we see an engineer in there native environment Searching for the perfect part.

  • Member #71928 / about 8 years ago / 1

    After narrowly escaping certain death by robot laser eyes, he realizes his peripheral vision isn't what it used to be.

  • ted rhodes / about 8 years ago / 1

    despite all of the light bulbs above his head, this wasn't a particularly bright idea.

  • Member #465698 / about 8 years ago / 1

    8am... Camera guy (Marketing department): I should have left this job the first time they made me set up and take a picture of a new robotics kit. 12pm... As the camera guy gets ready to take the picture of the new robotics kit before lunch, Engineer: PHOTOBOMB!!!! Well at least I provided enough work for you for the rest of the day.

  • Blueblast88 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Its okay im a stunt ACTOr

  • Udders / about 8 years ago / 1

    Would be joyrider crashes Wonder Woman's plane into Sparkfun offices.

  • maxicastlenalep / about 8 years ago / 1

    That's what happens when you find out you redefine the ampere.

  • JohnSmith / about 8 years ago / 1

    Apparently he's heard of YOJOTORPO - You Only Jump On Tables Of Robotics Parts Once.

  • Whysitsmoking / about 8 years ago / 1

    Click <here> to see a video of the complete tear-down. Click <here> if you can help us put "him" back together!

  • PLCDoctor / about 8 years ago / 1

    No, we said WORK with the new robotics parts NOT TWERK with robitics parts!

  • Dave1234567890 / about 8 years ago / 1

    He has fallen hard for Robotics beneath the incandescent vanilla skies, in the land of the flying chairs!

  • IRNMAN / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Becoming one with Actobotics"

  • Member #509531 / about 8 years ago / 1

    39---that's the number of rubber bands you need to fling an office chair!

  • Dave1234567890 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Slip off that office chair and do the "Electric Slide", the Sparkfun way!

  • Dave1234567890 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun is throwing away the office chair and jumping into electronics - That's just how we roll!

  • Dave1234567890 / about 8 years ago / 1

    At Sparkfun we're rolling in light emission products.

  • AgustinGS / about 8 years ago / 1

    A good engineer creates great products.... But the best engineer sleeps on his products

  • Member #383017 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Our staff is intimately involve with our product.

  • Member #509518 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Are you sure this is how you make an acrobotic angel?

  • Colecago / about 8 years ago / 1

    Using Actobotics you can build your own "fully functional" Sparkfun employee! (Tutorial in progress)

  • Member #509507 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Who asked the programmer to drop in the hardware meeting?

  • flyingfletch / about 8 years ago / 1

    Automation for chairs was a Good/Bad idea?

  • chartle / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dr Ray Stantz: Symmetrical robot parts layout and messy chair stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947. Dr. Peter Venkman: You're right, no human being would stack chairs like this.

  • Wire Up or Go Ohm / about 8 years ago / 1

    Always following the rules. We present to you a demonstration of The Second Law of Thermodynamics.

  • pma / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun employees have vivid imaginations... in his mind, the go-cart was assembled and cornering sharply!

  • nutmeg / about 8 years ago / 1

    Then the skinjob we made with the Acrobotics started going crazy.

  • Member #428864 / about 8 years ago / 1

    oh no... all gone !!

  • BeerCannon / about 8 years ago / 1

    Robert's Rules of New World Order: Nic tables a motion.

  • Wylly / about 8 years ago / 1

    By the way, this is why you cannot mix beer and engineers... :)

    • Eri(c||k)^5 / about 8 years ago / 1

      This may be why you don't want to mix beer and engineers. We do it as often as possible!

  • Noooo! Those poor, poor parts! Why must they suffer?!

  • Wylly / about 8 years ago / 1

    lebroning

  • EvilTwin / about 8 years ago / 1

    I looked at the 3d printer and said "Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!", and this is what it made.

  • James Matthew / about 8 years ago / 1

    New to the Actobotics line: a robotic component that looks almost human.

  • Member #509465 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The robots they've become intelligent!! smash them!! smash them all!!

  • Member #44162 / about 8 years ago / 1

    The one and only attempt of a fail promotional idea...It sticks, it's yours.

  • RFsynthesizer / about 8 years ago * / 1

    SPARK up the bong, and the FUN begins.

  • Member #491544 / about 8 years ago / 1

    This is how we fill the Dings and Dents section

  • Artificial Pulse / about 8 years ago / 1

    This worked better in IronMan 3

  • SgtB / about 8 years ago / 1

    AAAAAAHHHHHHH! A MOUSE!

  • Member #183510 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Unfortunately, break dancing on a table full of stuff isn't easy as it seems.

  • Member #391621 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Read instructions... lay down ... cry

  • crkbbyx / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ooh, I fell on my keys!

  • Rcrowley / about 8 years ago / 1

    Why do I have a SKU tattoed on my arm?

  • beagle.fan / about 8 years ago / 1

    To give you an example, this is linear motion.

  • Member #311052 / about 8 years ago / 1

    A SparkFun employee, exhausted from a hard day of knolling, collapses on the table with his work.

  • Member #1597 / about 8 years ago / 1

    we finished the android, but the kit seems to have included a few extra parts.

  • Member #480017 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Gearing up for the new year.

  • The Doctor Doge / about 8 years ago / 1

    Get away from me with that!....whoah! crash

  • the_outlaw / about 8 years ago / 1

    After spending an hour fighting with the chairs victory seemed so close... That is when the chairs decided they had enough and threw him across the room.

  • LED addict / about 8 years ago / 1

    And the latest addition to the SparkFun catalog, an excited SparkFun technician!! Yours for just $99.99!!(and a heartfelt promise to take good care of him)

  • SparksLikeaG6 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Forget that guy laying on the table, what is Captain Jack Chair-O doing with that stockpile of chairs in the corner!

  • Member #158358 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I just can't find a comfortable place to sleep.

  • tz / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mechanics with mechanic. Both lying down.

  • tz / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mechanic meets mechanics.

  • dorght / about 8 years ago / 1

    If a tornado in a junkyard can assemble a 747, lets see what rolling around on a table can do for making a robot.

  • hsatnick / about 8 years ago / 1

    Select * from Acrobotics Error! Table overrun

  • kpFerg / about 8 years ago / 1

    Best yard-sale EVER!

  • kzadar / about 8 years ago / 1

    SPARKFUN - Tested Tough

  • kzadar / about 8 years ago / 1

    Newton was right - "Action - Re-Action" (don't try this at home)

  • Hackberry Jake / about 8 years ago / 1

    With a low quality picture it looks like the dude in the background is playing a harmonica... I tried to come up with something based on that, but I got nothin.

  • Member #217415 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sky-Net will never prevail!

  • Hoobert / about 8 years ago / 1

    "On the next Sparkfun Live we will be making an ejection seat out of an office chair"

  • Member #377629 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dude! This new Twister Extreme game is awesome! Left foot 8" rubber belts!

  • Hoobert / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun new employee safety demonstration #165: How to clean a table.

  • Member #76179 / about 8 years ago / 1

    OCD meet ADD

  • CSM / about 8 years ago / 1

    Big Al took Einstein's creative power naps a little to serious and literally slept on it!

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    Say .... Do you think we forgot the hex wrench?

  • Table slide. Take #37. Ready. Camera. Action!

  • Member #435690 / about 8 years ago / 1

    We butt-test all our products! (No butts were harmed in the making of this photo, thank you!)

  • N314 / about 8 years ago / 1

    And thus his life is complete.

  • prophead100 / about 8 years ago / 1

    This is better than rolling in cash!

  • Member #390310 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Wrong lever Kronk!!!!!!

  • Member #105863 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Acrobatics across the actobotics!

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    WAIT!! We haven't started filming yet!

  • Megaman / about 8 years ago / 1

    "I bet I can build a robot faster than you!" - Sparkfun employees take their bets a little too seriously.

  • Member #293584 / about 8 years ago / 1

    And the kit comes with a life-size engineer; engineer specifications may vary.

  • Member #508340 / about 8 years ago / 1

    First successful test of the soon-to-be-released SparkFun MRI kit.

  • robert_linder_2000@yahoo.com / about 8 years ago / 1

    Darn, I was sure it said "anti-gravity kit".

  • To the Moon on a mA / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun Kegerator status: EMPTY

  • horack / about 8 years ago * / 1

    So for this Friday we got a batch of Actobotics kits with a slightly irregular processor module. It works just fine except it will NOT obey the first law of robotics and maybe not the other two either, but other than that it's perfectly fine. So go ahead and pick up one of these kits at a reduced price.

  • Member #382389 / about 8 years ago / 1

    now those are strong magnets right there...told you to remove the change from your pockets before you came into the room...

  • Jason77 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Crap! That's my order!

  • jgrauman / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mechatronic humanoid goes berserk and tries to destroy robot operating table.

  • Member #495325 / about 8 years ago / 1

    When the light bulb isn't lit up, it means it's a bad idea.

  • Sorescale / about 8 years ago / 1

    "I think we need to re-write the instructions"

  • Member #509325 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mullet not included.

  • Member #509325 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Beware, when laying out your components, unplug the power to the motor.

  • I want to be a BORG!

  • Member #509320 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Mouse!

  • free-bee / about 8 years ago / 1

    I just want to get through this.

  • echoskope / about 8 years ago / 1

    It was quickly discovered that unlike Mission Impossible, false ceilings will NOT hold the weight of a person trying to crawl on them...

  • moiven / about 8 years ago / 1

    This is how we break in our electronics

  • Fxxxx / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun's products are too cool... You have to jump on them!

  • free-bee / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Instructions weren't clear enough. Got my Nic caught in the motors.

  • WemblyTinkerer / about 8 years ago / 1

    Would you like that to go?

  • mcenhillk / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sadly, SparkLuge will not be in the Olympics this year.

  • Member #509309 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Finaly a class on acrobatics

  • Member #509309 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Going over inventory- the easy way

  • OldFar-SeeingArt / about 8 years ago / 1

    I guess he tried to table the motion...

  • MirithD / about 8 years ago / 1

    "No Fair! I thought we said no telekinesis"

  • Member #509239 / about 8 years ago / 1

    And then his mom came in...

  • Electroman! / about 8 years ago / 1

    It's not as comfortable as it looks.

  • Member #509239 / about 8 years ago / 1

    And then his mom came in...

  • Zio / about 8 years ago / 1

    The acrobotics products have rejected their overlord by casting him off the table and into the abyss!

  • BMilz / about 8 years ago / 1

    And here we have a new the new hipster terminator model sitting up from it's assembly for the first time.

  • Member #237386 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "next time I'm gonna nail the landing"!

  • blkxltng / about 8 years ago / 1

    Good news: Transportation device is working. Bad news: Landings.

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    The Sparkfun Cleaning Procedure Steps to Success: * Step 1) Shove most of those darn nuisance cables under the table! * Step 2) Pile all those chairs in the corner where they belong! * Step 3) Be sure to hang all the blinky lights you can! * Step 4) You can't forget to stretch! * Step 5) Now you can finally go for it! * Step 6) Slide across table and enjoy it! * Step 7) Congratulations! YOU WIN

    Note: Be sure to have a co-worker yell "ready, set, go" and film it with their iPhone.

  • PICN053 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Are your current robot assembly techniques just not working out? Take a SparkFun class: we'll teach you the safe way to have fun building robots.

  • Member #430357 / about 8 years ago / 1

    OCD: Obsessive Component Diving Real world problem/ Aspiring Olympic sport

  • No-one / about 8 years ago / 1

    Apparently you can't teach your new Acrobot how to do a triple somersault via demonstration, especially if you fail the landing.

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    New Product: Actobioitics

  • Brandone / about 8 years ago / 1

    This picture is like running an LED with 1000Volt! BTW HELLO COMMUNITY ;-)

  • Member #505647 / about 8 years ago / 1

    MUST STOP EVIL WHITEBOARD ROBOT!!! MULLET MAN TO THE RESCUE!

  • daschick / about 8 years ago / 1

    Originality: 9.125 Form: 7.125 Landing: 1.000

  • So who left the Banana peel on the floor?

  • We have GREAT ideas!

  • zipeto / about 8 years ago / 1

    Well, lets think on the bright side, at least it wasn't a table of Legos.

  • zipeto / about 8 years ago / 1

    Hello, today we would like to "jump" right into Actobotics!

  • GirlLuvzerMac / about 8 years ago / 1

    In the spirit of completeness, the engineer included himself in his most recent knoll.

  • pi guy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Welcome to the Thinking Table. Please make yourself comfortable.

  • Meaghan / about 8 years ago / 1

    The Sparkfun experiment with gravity generators goes horribly right.

  • Whysitsmoking / about 8 years ago / 1

    That's just great! Now, put him back together!

  • Parizival / about 8 years ago / 1

    Rage quit.

  • marmarti / about 8 years ago / 1

    Being a high-skilled SparkFun Engineer doesn't make you an electrician. Tips to replace a light bulb: Turn off the power Let it cool Use a ladder :P

    Greetings from Mexico

  • Twister Gone Wrong: Right hand, Sprocket - Hub Mount (0.25", 40T; 1.0" Bore)

  • marmarti / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dude, next time, you change the light bulb!!!

  • Member #495533 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Always wanted to dispose bad guys like James Bond? Ejector seat kit available this February, only from SparkFun.

  • EvanAlmighty / about 8 years ago / 1

    Engineers take some time off to "get a feel for" his new parts!

  • Gizmoguy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dude.... I'm tweeting Rob and telling him you messed up his new product friday display!

  • Member #387065 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Draw me like one of your French Sparkfunians"

  • smkoberg / about 8 years ago / 1

    Warning: Having too many ideas can cause dizziness and loss of motor function.

  • Member #507677 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Dings and dents stock up

  • SynapseRapture / about 8 years ago / 1

    "Check out the new Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator app I just downloaded. How does it work? Here... Let me show you!"

  • Member #507677 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Stock clearance

  • "It's Alive ........"

  • Levi / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun invents the teleporter: uses it for office pranks.

  • Member #391621 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I give up, time for a nap!

  • Member #470975 / about 8 years ago / 1

    If you buy the complete Actobotics line, we at Sparkfun will literally throw Nick in for free.

  • tbod / about 8 years ago * / 1

    He was fine coming down the straight but hit the corner just a little too fast, the network cable obstacle caught him unawares and he has kissed goodbye to any chance of taking the inter office swivel chair slalom title for a third year running...

  • Member #502693 / about 8 years ago / 1

    This is why the chair goes UNDER the desk, not ON the desk.

  • Member #509214 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Yes, as all can see, we don't just always end up landing with our buds in the butter....

  • bdemers / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun has robot parts coming out of it clAss

  • Member #509214 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Wow! who said that my new ejection chair needed all these parts??

  • Member #286247 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I've come back through time to stop the first Terminator from being built!

  • Member #286247 / about 8 years ago / 1

    So, time travelers can get through with clothing on.

  • Member #468833 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Relax bob, we are not building the giant robot and destroying the city, it's just a drawing for the video.

  • FatLard / about 8 years ago / 1

    Put your back into it!

  • Member #286247 / about 8 years ago / 1

    CUT! Largest New Product Roll-out-Wipe-out take 2.

  • doobie / about 8 years ago / 1

    OSHA does not approve

  • EskimoRuler / about 8 years ago / 1

    How many Robots do you think I can make by the time I reach the other side of table?

  • bdwyer / about 8 years ago / 1

    Much like other known species, Engineers will perform odd rituals to claim both territory and parts alike.

  • doobie / about 8 years ago / 1

    Intern Stan is not happy.

    Steve's new ultra-bright camera flash mod, scared David out of his seat and over the parts, Stan, just laid our for a photo shoot.

  • nonegatives / about 8 years ago / 1

    The electro-mechanical arrangement inadvertently triggered a disruption in the local gravity field.

  • Member #504302 / about 8 years ago / 1

    You've been serv(o)ed!

  • bdwyer / about 8 years ago / 1

    Operation "The Ground is Lava" was once again a big success, suffering little-to-no casualties...

  • psmay / about 8 years ago / 1

    When my coworker is thrown across the room by an enraged The Incredible Hulk, my first instinct is not to take a picture.

  • LightManCA / about 8 years ago / 1

    Beer Fridays at Sparkfun.

  • Einse / about 8 years ago / 1

    Simon's interpretation of "power slide" at the SparkFun receiving department charades game did not go over well.

  • Pgh_PA_guy / about 8 years ago / 1

    Frustrated over the large number of surface-mounted parts, he took it out on the chair.

  • Tarmar / about 8 years ago / 1

    Full contact robotics, it's not what you think!

  • Member #509183 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Anti Robotic league disrupts sparkfun robot products vidio!

  • denbo68 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Inception 2:The Dream Makers

  • Yodaob1 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Robert turned The Gravity manipulator on but did not realize it was using 3.3 volt logic not the 5 volt he had it connected to.

  • ActualSize / about 8 years ago / 1

    Ding and Dent Production Builds - Other

  • WeaselJones / about 8 years ago / 1

    Demonstration of Thomas Edison rolling over in his grave after the ban on incandescent light bulbs.

  • floppystick6 / about 8 years ago / 1

    (New Actobotics Parts) != (Slip 'n Slide)

  • Member #341578 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Thankfully, "Watch This!" were not Nic's last words.

  • Hey! I finally figured out what they were working on in the November caption contest photo!

  • laptopman / about 8 years ago / 1

    After mishearing Acrobotics as acrobatics, a now former sparkfun employee ruined the new product video.

  • jhalek90 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Spark fun's new cyborg kit. Everything you need to build a cyborg.

  • Member #409014 / about 8 years ago / 1

    This is why you need a SparkFun 9DOF Sensor Stick!

  • Member #208481 / about 8 years ago / 1

    All these parts should easily fit together, of course, sometimes a little finesse is required....

  • Member #428629 / about 8 years ago / 1

    famous last words... "Hey Yall, Watch This!!!"

  • pam-mo / about 8 years ago / 1

    Oh. I thought you said "lay HIM on the table".

  • WirelessMonk / about 8 years ago / 1

    The Sparkfun Matter Transporter, Mk I. ...Targeting system still in development.

  • Member #428629 / about 8 years ago / 1

    INCOMING........

  • Super Jeeves / about 8 years ago / 1

    The instructions were too complicated, he got stuck on the parts list.

  • CrazyCreator / about 8 years ago / 1

    As you can see, the automatic people move is still just a prototype.

  • MetabolicCloth / about 8 years ago / 1

    SparkFun is literally jumping on Actobotics with excitement!

  • Nconcepts Automation / about 8 years ago / 1

    Stack the Chairs - Jump to my Human-Actobotics Handstand, and flip around this for a PERFECT-DISMOUNT!! (THAT, was the plan....)

  • MartinCU2010 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Robotisaurous attacks

  • Member #484172 / about 8 years ago / 1

    These parts are so well organized... I can fix that!

  • Wayne / about 8 years ago / 1

    Apply glue, roll around in gears, motors and pulleys and... instant Cosplay costume!

  • Member #496291 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Live! Building a Cyborg.

  • TeslaTrooper / about 8 years ago / 1

    Test of Friction Coefficient and Resistance (of human or table ?)

  • Member #150164 / about 8 years ago / 1

    "I bet I can keep this motor from spinning with my bare hands, it can't have that much torque." - famous last words of a Sparkfun robotics designer.

  • asm2750 / about 8 years ago / 1

    A fellow Sparkfun employee trying out the acrobatics curriculum of the new "Break-dance on Robot Parts" class.

  • It’s man versus unassembled machine. So far its unassembled machine 1, man 0.

  • johnjulian / about 8 years ago / 1

    So this is how Scrooge McDuck felt when diving through his riches!

  • Member #509139 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Do chair-surfing photographers get hazard pay?

  • Firefox9001 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Who needs water? Acrobotics surfing is the way to go!

  • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago / 1

    Remember that kids that knocked down your block towers? Well, they become engineers too

  • Firefox9001 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    Despite the numerous lighbulbs in the room our Acrobotics surfing was not a bright idea.

  • Vrmithrax / about 8 years ago / 1

    And thus ends our demonstration of why geeks should never EVER attempt to stage dive...

  • In anticipation of the new "Robotics 101" videos, this SparkFun Employee decides to demonstrate his linear motion capabilities.

  • Member #86565 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I curled up into a fetal ball in the corner of my filthy walless cell. Above me an impenetrable grid of floodlights... below me a hopeless snarl of high-voltage wire... A guy in an orange hat watching me at every moment... If I were ever to escape, I'd need some sort of fabulous robot cellmate to help me. But without a complete, reasonably-priced assortment of every part necessary to build one, how? HOW???

  • ElegantElectrons / about 8 years ago / 1

    Behind the scenes: Sparkfun product testing

  • What table!?

  • Warning: If you ever find yourself hurtling onto a table of Actobotic Robot parts, don't worry about your nuts; it’s all those plastic gears and precision sliders you need to worry about. This photo demonstrates proper technic.

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