SparkFun at HerWorld


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This Thursday, October 22nd, SparkFun is sponsoring the Young Women in Science and Technology: HerWorld Conference at the Denver Merchandise Mart. This event is hosted by DeVry University and is designed to increase interest in the technological fields amongst teenaged women.

Our role at the conference is to hopefully create some excitement amongst high school-aged teens for physical computing. In addition to being an official sponsor of the event, SparkFun is running a soldering class and will have a booth to talk about how young women and teachers can get involved in the industry! Should be a good time!

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Next week is SparkFun Free Sticker Week! What does that mean? Well...pretty much exactly how it sounds. As a small way of saying "thank you" to all our customers, we are going to include a sheet of SparkFun stickers with every order that we ship starting next Monday (the 26th) until we run out of stickers (maybe a week, maybe a few days longer or shorter...depends on how many orders we receive). We were going to include a free Port-o-Rotary with every order, but it wouldn't fit in the small boxes for little orders...so instead...stickers! Thanks to all our customers for continuing to rock!



This diabolical looking device is our very own Geiger Counter. We have even written a great tutorial to show you how it works! The board comes fully assembled and quipped with an ATMega168 with example code that generates truly random bits. Simply plug the device into USB, open a terminal program, and you will see random bits being generated from your local background radiation. Can be powered over USB and programmed in circuit.


We also sell the Geiger tube!


This is a breakout board for the PCM1803A 24-bit ADC. Includes an on-board oscillator that allows for sampling frequencies up to 96kHz. Can be used in high quality audio equipment or as high precision ADC.


The nRF24LU1 is an really neat chip. It contains a SOC wireless transceiver and a fully integrated 8051, USB compliant device controller all on one chip. The breakout board includes a 3.3VDC voltage regulator and all necessary supporting components.




This thing is freakin' awesome. It's a butane soldering iron kit  that is pocket sized, cordless, and, with the torch tip, can create a flame up to 2400 degrees F!


The torch tip and solder tip for the butane soldering iron.


Another addition to our current sensor category; the PLC-UART-HS is similar to the other powerline communications modems we sell, but this one allows for throughput up to 5Mbps!


A new development board from PICAXE. This is a PICAXE experimenter's kit including all the parts and widgets you need to get up and running with PICAXE programming.


The 2010 Autonomous Vehicle Competition has been scheduled! Are you working on your robot? We are.



Everything you should have learned in school, but probably didn't! This book is great for electronics newbies, or if you just need a refresher course. Topics ranging from Ohm's law to proper usage of an oscilloscope to managing and interacting with employees are covered.


You can always use more jumper wires. These are 12" M/M.


This is a surprisingly small relay. SPDT 12V 10A sealed relay.



Your basic LM Op-Amp. Opamps have so many applications we figured we should probably carry at least one in a DIP package.



A pretty simple 3-terminal microswitch.



These shirts were another oops from our printer. Wood.


Comments 7 comments

  • I think SparkFun needs to get one of these machines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaiDXi0UOnc

  • Nate: Awesome. We can do that. What width of ribbon are you looking for? 8 wire? 10? 20? They come in all sizes. We’d like to limit our stock to 1, 2, maybe three of the most common types.
    Don’t forget the connectors ;)

  • I have 2 words for a new product. Ribbon Cable. It is such a PITA to try to source it from the big guys without buying a large spool.

    • Awesome. We can do that. What width of ribbon are you looking for? 8 wire? 10? 20? They come in all sizes. We’d like to limit our stock to 1, 2, maybe three of the most common types.

      • I think something along the lines of 12 conductor would probably cover most needs. Users could split it if they need less.

      • Go big. 50 conductor at a minimum. We can always pull it apart if we need less.
        The most important thing is that it’s rainbow ribbon, not the boring gray stuff.


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