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SparkFun, SXSW, the RedStick and you

The sky is your oyster.

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Last week, we introduced the SparkFun RedStick, a special new edition of the BadgerHack board we designed to teach people the basics of programming and soldering at our 2015 events. After its debut, we got a TON of feedback from customers asking us to sell the Badgers on our site for those who couldn't make it to our booths, and after some finessing and revising, behold: The RedStick. The RedStick combines some of our favorite features like the Uno’s Optiboot bootloader, the FTDI, a compact form factor, and, like the Badgers, the ability to plug directly into a computer’s USB port.

SparkFun RedStick

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We've also been hard at work on some special add-on kits for the RedStick to help you add functionality and build simple projects with your board. Best of all, if you want to get your hands on a free Badger board and try out some of the add-on kits, come visit us in Austin, TX, at SXSW Create from March 11-13. We'll be set up in the Palmer Events Center, and we'll be running an interactive soldering booth with the Badgers so you can build your own! The three different add-on kits will be available for sale, as well as the new RedStick. In the meantime, if you want to see the RedStick and add-on kits in action, check out our video below, where each of our creative technologists got the chance to show off the projects they made with their add-on kits.

If you can't make it to SXSW but want to try one of the add-on kits for your new RedStick, you can find each tech's kit wishlist below. We hope to meet you at SXSW and see what projects you come up with! Happy hacking!

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  • Why is the Redstick $5 more than the Redboard? It looks like it should be cheaper to make.

    • The board thickness is also different than our usual PCBs so it can fit into a USB port, which increases the PCB cost.

    • The RedStick has a boost converter that costs more than the linear regulator on the RedBoard. The advantage is that you can use a LiPo or 2x AA/AAA batteries to power the RedStick.

  • Drat. If SXSW were two weeks later, I could almost certainly get my girlfriend to agree to adjusting our trip to stop at it -- especially given how much she enjoyed the one Maker Faire (Cape Cod, 2014) I've managed to get her to. But Mar. 11-13 just ain't gonna happen.

  • If I still have my badger from last year, can I still use it or have their been updates/improvements?

    Also, it doesn't look like I will able to come to SXSW this year. :( I will be in San Antonio for an FRC regional competition that weekend.

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