The National Tour continues!

In July, SparkFun’s RV pointed east and headed out to do five workshops at four different museums in the Oklahoma Museum Network. We had talked to Sherry from the network and everyone was excited to teach basic programming and sensor concepts to a bunch of little dudes all over Oklahoma. Video…

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According to Pete: August edition!

On this month’s ATP, Pete opens with some light to moderate existentialism and discusses his adventures in glider piloting! He decided to build a data logger and some modified instruments to track more and better data from his flights than typical instruments do. Many acronyms are thrown…

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New Product Friday: Books and Boards

Welcome back to another Friday at SparkFun. It’s like Christmas every week! This week we have some books o' knowledge and some electricity boards. Check ‘em out. The Internet has a wealth of information, but sometimes a book is a great resource too. Structured learning (like working…

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Enginursday: RockON!

Despite the budget problems that plague NASA, there are more opportunities than ever before to get your projects into space. Motivated amateurs are building high-altitude balloons, high-powered rockets, and even miniature satellites called CubeSats that can hitch a ride on commercial launches. A…

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Open-source hardware community survey

We’re big fans of open source, and we try to be as active in the community as possible - we attend conferences, give talks, write articles, and generally do everything we can to embody an open way of doing things. We’re proud to be a player in an amazing, supportive (and growing!)…

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Calling All Colorado Makers - NoCo Mini Maker Faire

On October 5th, 2013, Maker Faire is coming to Colorado! SparkFun is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the NoCo (Northern Colorado) Mini Maker Faire in Loveland, Colo. If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire and you live in the greater Rocky Mountain region, this is a great opportunity to…

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Super Awesome Sylvia's WaterColorBot

In the past, we’ve posted about Sylvia, the host of Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show. Today, we want to promote Sylvia’s latest project - a joint effort with Evil Mad Scientist Labs - called “Super Awesome Sylvia’s WaterColorBot.” The WaterColorBot is essentially…

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New Product Friday: Get Under Control

Welcome back everyone! Exactly seven planetary rotations have occurred, and we have new products. We have a little something for everyone this week, so check it out. The new camera module for the Raspberry Pi was pretty interesting to play with. We’re still working on a few demos, but…

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Engineering Thursday - E-textiles Magic!

Have you ever had that moment, after you’ve sweated every detail, solved and re-solved every problem, and the project is finally done, when someone pushes the button, and - as far as they’re concerned - what they’re looking at is magic? They don’t see the hours you put into…

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July Caption Contest Winner

Last week, we ran this month’s caption contest - where we invited all SparkFunions to test their humor skills in a no-holds-barred competition for writing a moderately funny caption. You can check out the original post here. Today, it’s time to announce our champion. (In Australian…

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Where does the Pro Mini 5V come from?

The Pro Mini: A miniaturized and minimized version of the Arduino Pro 328, with five fewer components than its big brother. As the sustainability coordinator and part of the green team (known as the Wildcats!) here at SparkFun, I decided to check out the carbon footprint of this tiny board. So where…

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SparkFun's 3 Millionth Widgetpalooza

At the end of last week, Matt Bolton (SparkFun’s Director of Production) sent out an exciting email - his team in production had just put the finishing touches on SparkFun’s 3 millionth widget! This is a pretty exciting milestone for us as a company and we have to take a moment to say…

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New Product Friday: SIK Products

I know why you’re here. You want to see what new stuff we have this week. Thankfully, we have new stuff for you to check out, so let’s see the video and then the products. The SIK is one of our most popular products here at SparkFun and we oftentimes forget that not everyone is as…

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Engineering Thursday: LED Light Boxes

Way back when, I worked on a project to create smart phone controlled LED cubes. Although the project never really got past the prototyping stage, it was a great learning experience. Since then I’ve created dozens of LED light cubes and bars all with different methods of control. The process…

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Help Support the Open Hardware Summit

Today, we have a call to action for all makers, hackers, hobbyists and electronics enthusiasts who value the ideology and/or benefits of open source technology - Help Support the Open Hardware Summit! Speaking at the 2012 OHS. One of the key tenets of SparkFun Electronics' philosophy is our belief…

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July Caption Contest

July is officially halfway over, so before we run out of days, it’s time for this month’s caption contest. The rules are simple: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. Stick to PG-13 content.…

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Simon Says does Magic!

Today we have a guest post from SparkFun customer Chris Dunn (aka TheCentaur), who hacked his Simon Says Kit in a pretty amazing way. Read on for more! It’s amazing! It’s astounding! It’s MAGIC! With a wave of your programming wand and a few magic words you can teach Sparkfun’s Simon Says…

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New Product Friday: Ready, Aim, Fire!

Before we get started with our new product post (and it’s a good one this week, folks), we wanted to make a quick announcement - next week, starting at 12:01:01 a.m. (MT) on Monday, July 15th until Friday, July 19th at 11:59:59 p.m (MT)., SparkFun will be offering free economy shipping on…

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So You Want to Learn FPGAs...

Like most engineers, I was first introduced to FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) in college. By that time I was already experienced with programming, logic and circuit design, but even with those subjects under my belt, I found FPGAs wildly confusing. For a long time after taking that FPGA…

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Fun with a Programmable Flashlight

As part of my job as the technical researcher, I review pretty much every product and product proposal sent our way. If I think it’s a cool product, I pitch it at the engineering meeting every Monday morning. This meeting more often then not consists of me pushing new products in an atmosphere…

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