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 11 years ago / 34

    Quickly going over the table of contents.

  • kirby g / about 11 years ago / 15

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • Member #509113 / about 11 years ago / 10

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

  • PatentExaminer / about 11 years ago / 8

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

  • ManDrake / about 11 years ago / 8

    Sparkfun employees are not born - they are made.

  • MechaTweak / about 11 years ago / 7

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

  • Member #15009 / about 11 years ago / 5

    Linear motion demonstration gone wrong.

  • Echo / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 4

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

  • This is actually how we clean all our tables.

  • jma89 / about 11 years ago / 4

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

  • Bunk / about 11 years ago * / 4

    Sparkfun Employee Teardown

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

  • metrazol / about 11 years ago / 4

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

  • Member #482906 / about 11 years ago / 4

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

  • GCF / about 11 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 11 years ago / 4

    Cool: Starsky over the hood of '75 Gran Torino

    Not cool: You over the SparkFun Acrobotics demo

  • karltrout / about 11 years ago / 4

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

  • RocketGuy / about 11 years ago / 3

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

  • SparkyHF / about 11 years ago / 3

    Demonstrating how the new ball bearings from Actobotics work.

  • JGuthridge / about 11 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 11 years ago / 3

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

  • Josiahdg / about 11 years ago / 3

    New product Friday... Acrobotics!!!

  • and...he's SAFE!!!

  • BeerCannon / about 11 years ago / 3

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

  • fgodfrey / about 11 years ago / 3

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

  • Eze01 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 3

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  • Kaius / about 11 years ago / 3

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

  • Dave1234567890 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun employee: The Godzilla of the Robotic Hardware Kingdom.

  • Dave1234567890 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #383017 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Anoyomouse / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Tsaot / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    Aperture Science: The early years

  • einro / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #213513 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Sorescale / about 11 years ago / 2

    Restocking the Dings and Dents section

  • Member #509325 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #506996 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • bgsteiner / about 11 years ago / 2

    Katamari Damacy SparkFun Style

  • mcenhillk / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    Now, lets go over that again.

  • Member #509300 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Thetinkerer / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    Couldn't find the datasheet, so I improvised!

  • pjkim / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    What happens you place the keg in the kitting area

  • Matt24 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #509135 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

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

  • ElegantElectrons / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

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

  • SolamenteDoug / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Dteck / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #150277 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Up Next: How to safely handle a charged capacitor

  • Blipper / about 11 years ago / 2

    Lean method for robotics.

  • schwal / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #25095 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #457924 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • happicow / about 11 years ago / 2

    Clearly it takes more than one geek to change a lightbulb

  • Member #235199 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Sparkfun rendition of "Starry Night"

  • Member #15009 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • bdin / about 11 years ago * / 2

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

  • Member #232722 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #2368 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #15009 / about 11 years ago / 2

    New product Red Face.

  • Member #15009 / about 11 years ago / 2

    The actobotics break dance simulator needs some work.

  • Member #15009 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Meet our newest engineer Jack Knife.

  • Ted M / about 11 years ago / 2

    The first victim of the robot apocalypse

  • fowkc / about 11 years ago / 2

    It was the worst Superman III cyborg scene recreation ever.

  • Member #497865 / about 11 years ago / 2

    my mom says: get a job!

  • Member #15009 / about 11 years ago / 2

    On second thoughts lets not do the mechanical bull.

  • astroN00B / about 11 years ago / 2

    Shotgun!!!

  • KJ / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #126518 / about 11 years ago / 2

    "The chair ejector works perfectly!"

  • jhalek90 / about 11 years ago * / 2

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

  • Drepanis / about 11 years ago / 2

    Throwing one's self into robotics!

  • Madbodger / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    Max Payne 4: The Fall of Robotics

  • BrandonRedder / about 11 years ago / 2

    Watch out, I'm practicing angular motion!

  • R0B0T1CS / about 11 years ago / 2

    Stock This...

  • slpitz / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    I wanna be a robot!

  • googly_eyes / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • FlowerAskew / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Member #403238 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    The new Starsky and Hutch show!

  • garwards / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • ME heat o nator / about 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    Some assembly required...

  • Bob797 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Doubt we can duplicate this robot.

  • somebloke / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Musher / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 2

    Early attempts at building our cyborg service department.

  • Member #12556 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Parkour!

  • NukeFrenzy / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • GregFR / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • customerX / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • l0gikG8 / about 11 years ago / 2

    Why every office should have a nap room.

  • ArduM.O.P / about 11 years ago / 2

    These are so cool I just wanna hug them!

  • Member #496291 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

  • Gblaze / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Shivam Gautam / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • AsaJ / about 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • razor_sparks / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Actobotics, maybe. Actobodies confirmed

  • Member #293584 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #134226 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Next time, draw it straight!

  • xsk8rat / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #105131 / about 11 years ago / 1

    No, Acrobotics, YOU will be assimilated!

  • Member #509910 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Idiot Not Included.

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Everyone pitches in here - start by stacking some chairs

  • gadgetdad / about 11 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Acrobatics 404: Robot Chassis Jumping

  • Member #459850 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509905 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Mad guy not know what to do with the stuff.

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can you say OSHA ??

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    First time as the meeting Chair? We thought so.

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Now that was stupid - hope no one is watching us

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Just amusing ourselves In the "Bored Room"

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Rehearsing the Video Freeze Frame application?

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    New Hire? Sparkfun "Stunt Double" interviews.

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Let me clear a space on my desk for you.

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    Some news should not be taken laying down

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • chienline / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Ford Anglia / about 11 years ago / 1

    New department at Sparkfun? "Counter Intelligence"

  • pursang360 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Hemi345 / about 11 years ago * / 1

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

  • chienline / about 11 years ago / 1

    Don't shoot ...!

  • chienline / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Bemdude / about 11 years ago / 1

    New Product Demo...lition!

  • FiveFeet / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #480667 / about 11 years ago * / 1

    Actobotics Dear.... Not Aerobics :)

  • Blipper / about 11 years ago / 1

    Nic heard that lean method should work for robotics too.

  • MattTheGeek / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Honus / about 11 years ago / 1

    At Sparkfun this is how we knoll.

  • Parizival / about 11 years ago / 1

    Behold! The humble creation of ding and dent products.

  • Member #453342 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • onebeartoe / about 11 years ago / 1

    One flew over the Actobotics' nest.

  • Member #18279 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Parizival / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Parizival / about 11 years ago / 1

    Human to Part communication

  • JaJa / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509146 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Jamie get dowwwwnnnnnnn -ArnoldSchwarzenegger

  • Member #399228 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #122629 / about 11 years ago / 1

    The winners: black, odd, 17!

  • Gary D. / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • n1elkyfan / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #71928 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #465698 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Its okay im a stunt ACTOr

  • Udders / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • maxicastlenalep / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • JohnSmith / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Whysitsmoking / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Dave1234567890 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • IRNMAN / about 11 years ago / 1

    "Becoming one with Actobotics"

  • Member #509531 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Dave1234567890 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Dave1234567890 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Dave1234567890 / about 11 years ago / 1

    At Sparkfun we're rolling in light emission products.

  • AgustinGS / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #383017 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Our staff is intimately involve with our product.

  • Member #509518 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Colecago / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509507 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Who asked the programmer to drop in the hardware meeting?

  • flyingfletch / about 11 years ago / 1

    Automation for chairs was a Good/Bad idea?

  • chartle / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • pma / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • nutmeg / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #428864 / about 11 years ago / 1

    oh no... all gone !!

  • BeerCannon / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Wylly / about 11 years ago / 1

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

    • Eri(c||k)^5 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    lebroning

  • EvilTwin / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • James Matthew / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509465 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #44162 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • RFsynthesizer / about 11 years ago * / 1

    SPARK up the bong, and the FUN begins.

  • Member #491544 / about 11 years ago / 1

    This is how we fill the Dings and Dents section

  • Artificial Pulse / about 11 years ago / 1

    This worked better in IronMan 3

  • SgtB / about 11 years ago / 1

    AAAAAAHHHHHHH! A MOUSE!

  • Member #183510 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #391621 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Read instructions... lay down ... cry

  • crkbbyx / about 11 years ago / 1

    Ooh, I fell on my keys!

  • Rcrowley / about 11 years ago / 1

    Why do I have a SKU tattoed on my arm?

  • beagle.fan / about 11 years ago / 1

    To give you an example, this is linear motion.

  • Member #311052 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #1597 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #480017 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Gearing up for the new year.

  • The Doctor Doge / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • the_outlaw / about 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • tz / about 11 years ago / 1

    Mechanics with mechanic. Both lying down.

  • tz / about 11 years ago / 1

    Mechanic meets mechanics.

  • dorght / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Select * from Acrobotics Error! Table overrun

  • kpFerg / about 11 years ago / 1

    Best yard-sale EVER!

  • kzadar / about 11 years ago / 1

    SPARKFUN - Tested Tough

  • kzadar / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Hackberry Jake / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Sky-Net will never prevail!

  • Hoobert / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #377629 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Hoobert / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #76179 / about 11 years ago / 1

    OCD meet ADD

  • CSM / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Parizival / about 11 years ago / 1

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

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

  • Member #435690 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • N314 / about 11 years ago / 1

    And thus his life is complete.

  • prophead100 / about 11 years ago / 1

    This is better than rolling in cash!

  • Member #390310 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Wrong lever Kronk!!!!!!

  • Member #105863 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Acrobatics across the actobotics!

  • Parizival / about 11 years ago / 1

    WAIT!! We haven't started filming yet!

  • Megaman / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #508340 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • robert_linder_2000@yahoo.com / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • To the Moon on a mA / about 11 years ago / 1

    SparkFun Kegerator status: EMPTY

  • horack / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Crap! That's my order!

  • jgrauman / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #495325 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Sorescale / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509325 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Mullet not included.

  • Member #509325 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • I want to be a BORG!

  • Member #509320 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Mouse!

  • free-bee / about 11 years ago / 1

    I just want to get through this.

  • echoskope / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    This is how we break in our electronics

  • Fxxxx / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • free-bee / about 11 years ago * / 1

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

  • WemblyTinkerer / about 11 years ago / 1

    Would you like that to go?

  • mcenhillk / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509309 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Finaly a class on acrobatics

  • Member #509309 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Going over inventory- the easy way

  • OldFar-SeeingArt / about 11 years ago / 1

    I guess he tried to table the motion...

  • MirithD / about 11 years ago / 1

    "No Fair! I thought we said no telekinesis"

  • Member #509239 / about 11 years ago / 1

    And then his mom came in...

  • Electroman! / about 11 years ago / 1

    It's not as comfortable as it looks.

  • Member #509239 / about 11 years ago / 1

    And then his mom came in...

  • Zio / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • BMilz / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • blkxltng / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Parizival / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • No-one / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    New Product: Actobioitics

  • Brandone / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #505647 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • daschick / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • zipeto / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • GirlLuvzerMac / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • pi guy / about 11 years ago / 1

    Welcome to the Thinking Table. Please make yourself comfortable.

  • Meaghan / about 11 years ago / 1

    The Sparkfun experiment with gravity generators goes horribly right.

  • Whysitsmoking / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Parizival / about 11 years ago / 1

    Rage quit.

  • marmarti / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #495533 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • EvanAlmighty / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Gizmoguy / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #387065 / about 11 years ago / 1

    "Draw me like one of your French Sparkfunians"

  • smkoberg / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #507677 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Dings and dents stock up

  • SynapseRapture / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Stock clearance

  • "It's Alive ........"

  • Levi / about 11 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun invents the teleporter: uses it for office pranks.

  • Member #391621 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I give up, time for a nap!

  • Member #470975 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • tbod / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509214 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • bdemers / about 11 years ago / 1

    SparkFun has robot parts coming out of it clAss

  • Member #509214 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #286247 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #286247 / about 11 years ago / 1

    So, time travelers can get through with clothing on.

  • Member #468833 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Put your back into it!

  • Member #286247 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • doobie / about 11 years ago / 1

    OSHA does not approve

  • EskimoRuler / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • bdwyer / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • doobie / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #504302 / about 11 years ago / 1

    You've been serv(o)ed!

  • bdwyer / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • psmay / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Beer Fridays at Sparkfun.

  • Einse / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Tarmar / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509183 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Anti Robotic league disrupts sparkfun robot products vidio!

  • denbo68 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Inception 2:The Dream Makers

  • Yodaob1 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Ding and Dent Production Builds - Other

  • WeaselJones / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • floppystick6 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #341578 / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • jhalek90 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #409014 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #208481 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #428629 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • pam-mo / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • WirelessMonk / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #428629 / about 11 years ago / 1

    INCOMING........

  • Super Jeeves / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • CrazyCreator / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • MetabolicCloth / about 11 years ago / 1

    SparkFun is literally jumping on Actobotics with excitement!

  • Nconcepts Automation / about 11 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 11 years ago / 1

    Robotisaurous attacks

  • Member #484172 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Wayne / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #496291 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Sparkfun Live! Building a Cyborg.

  • TeslaTrooper / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #150164 / about 11 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 11 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 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Member #509139 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Do chair-surfing photographers get hazard pay?

  • Firefox9001 / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • ElegantElectrons / about 11 years ago / 1

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

  • Firefox9001 / about 11 years ago * / 1

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

  • Vrmithrax / about 11 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 11 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 11 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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