One tutorial, some case mods, one new product, and a customer's interesting take on recycling SparkFun shipping boxes.
Here at SparkFun, we like the idea of reducing our energy consumption; not only to lower our carbon footprint, but also to save money on energy costs. Currently, we are participating in a local program called 10 For Change. Our goal is to reduce our energy consumption by 10% within one year. We are accomplishing this by making small changes that have a relatively quick payback for the investment.
, our mechanical engineer, took on the task of "Saving the World, One Light at a Time." Office buildings contain a carbon load of fluorescent lighting fixtures that can be retrofitted with high-efficiency lamps and new ballasts to reduce their overall energy consumption. After crunching the numbers, this investment pays off well within a year. And you're helping save our clean air! Check out the details in Casey's tutorial
modding- where the creativity of da Vinci and the inventiveness of Edison
collide. Few mediums on Earth connect art and engineering the way case
modding does (ok, maybe there are some others...). Pimp your Case!
A little something for all you case pimpers out there. We now are selling heavy-duty arcade style joysticks
. Note: the joystick doesn't include the enclosure, but this is just an example of a heavy-duty case for this beast of a joystick.
If you're not going to throw your red SparkFun box into the recycle bin, you can make some pretty nifty stuff out of it - check out this
speakerbox. Nice work Michael Spiceland!