It's a big week at SparkFun. Let's start this thing off right.
It's barely Monday morning, and though it's possible some of us never even went to bed last night, busy celebrating the Broncos' big win as we were, there is a definite flurry of activity ramping up at SparkFun HQ. Why? Because this is the week we release our much-anticipated SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Intel Edison.
In a not at all coincidental turn of events, the Edison SIK will officially be live for regular orders this Thursday, February 11th – Thomas Edison's birthday. We know opinions about Edison's life and work can run the gamut, and tend to boil down to a Tesla vs. Edison cage match (more on that particular topic next week), but there's no denying Edison was a remarkable man, and we're delighted to have one of our favorite product lines named for him.
This week we've got a whole passel of Edison treats for you prior to Thursday's release – new products, an awesome Edison-based IoT project, and a compilation of some of our favorite Edison resources – but we're starting it off with a giveaway! When Intel launched its Edison board, we knew we wanted to get involved as early as possible, so we developed our line of SparkFun Blocks for the Intel Edison – a series of boards designed to pair seamlessly with the Edison and add a ton of functionality to your next project.
This is where it gets good: You post a comment below telling us your favorite SparkFun Block for Edison and why (the more descriptive the better!), and we'll pick two winners over the course of the week and send each of them one of the new Edison SIKs! Winners will be announced next week.
What's that? You want MORE STUFF TO DO THIS WEEK? Well good, because we're also going to be hosting a special Twitter hangout with resident Edison expert Shawn Hymel on Thursday after the release. He'll be loitering around the internets waiting to help you with any and all Edison-related questions. All the details are below, and we'll see you there! Let the festivities begin!
What: Twitter Q&A session Where: @ShawnHymel When: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST, February 11, 2016 Why: To help you get started with the Edison!