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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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Recapping the First Leg of the National Tour

Over the last month or so, the SparkFun Education Team has been out on the first leg of the National Tour. We’ve now completed our visit to the western states! Here’s a quick rundown of our trip, starting with a video of our visit to San Jose and the Bay Area. On June 7th, Matt Johnson from…

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Engineering Roundtable - DIY Pinball

A while back, we posted an episode of “Engineering Roundtable” where resident Creative Technologist Nick Poole was starting to brainstorm ideas for a DIY pinball machine. We visited Lyons Classic Pinball and Nick talked about some of his hopes for his project. You can check out that…

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New Product Friday: Control Your Enthusiasm

Another week has passed and more new stuff showed up on my desk. We don’t have a lot, but we certainly have some products that at least a couple people will be excited about. First, here’s the product video. I really liked the old remote we had, but this one’s cooler. I foresee…

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Firework Igniter

Important! Fireworks are illegal in SparkFun's county and throughout Colorado right now due to the extreme fire danger. All we're doing here is burning fuses as a proof of concept. Before you go lighting off any fireworks in your area, be it using a device like this or the old fashioned way, check…

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Visit Us at the TVCOG

The SparkFun education team is all over the place these days, traversing the country on our National Tour. We just finished a rousing three week tour of the West Coast and there are dates in Oklahoma in the coming weeks! What we wanted to let you know about today is a workshop designed with…

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Want More Info on SparkFun Classes/Workshops?

Did you know we had a class on origami/electronic fusions? We know it can be hard to keep an eye on our class listings page and we don’t always announce when we have classes or workshops coming down the pipes. So we’ve created a simple email reminder service for people who want to be…

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Dunk Tank Hack

This year’s AVC was held at the Boulder Reservoir. We knew it was going to be a hot day and we’d be in the sun for a good 8-10 hours. So we thought, “What better way to cool off than a dunk tank?!” Our dunk tank idea quickly grew into a much bigger DIY hack job. We thought,…

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According to Pete - Current Sensing

In today’s episode of “According to Pete” - the zany (yet informative) video segment starring our Director of Engineering Pete Dokter - Pete explores the world of current sensing. In particular, Pete explains how to use the ACS712 low current sensor breakout. As always, feel free…

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New Product Friday: Pogo Springs

It’s Friday. We’re back. We have a few new products this week, and a demo video! Let’s check the first, the standard classic Friday New Product Video. Moving right along. Here’s the supplemental video for the ISP Pogo Adapter. It’s a little tricky to put together, so…

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Engineer Thursday - Tearing Apart the Leap Motion

The Leap Motion is a pretty brilliant new technology that allows user to control their devices (like a laptop) by waving their hands, moving their fingers, picking things up and putting them down, and other intuitive hand motions. Right now, the device is on pre-order for the general public, but we…

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HackEDA: Automatic circuit design

Today we want to draw your attention to a groovy new Kickstarter from FOS (friend of SparkFun) Ben Wilson, called HackEDA. HackEDA is an easy tool that can automatically design complete manufacturable circuits - you can browse their library of electronics designs, download individual bits (power…

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Enter The ISWC Design Competition!

ISWC 2013, the seventeenth annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers, is (and I quote) “the premier forum for wearable computing and issues related to on-body and worn mobile technologies. ISWC 2013 will bring together researchers, product vendors, fashion designers, textile…

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AVC 2013 recap

Happy 2.3-week anniversary of the 2013 Autonomous Vehicle Competition! We’re still basking in the glory of the event’s biggest, best incarnation yet at the Boulder Reservoir on June 8th. We can’t believe how well it went, and we want to say thank you again to everyone who came out…

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New Product Friday

I just want to warn everyone right away before you discover it for yourself, we don’t have a product video this week. Instead, we have a demonstration video for a past product. Here it is - an assembly video for the Qtechknow ArduSensor Learning Kit. We are working on a cool new demonstration…

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Engineer Thursday - Bring on the Lasers!

First off, a quick plug - we’re proud to be one of the sponsors an awesome new artist-in-residency program by our friends at Public Knowledge/Eyebeam! The idea of the program is to find artists, engineers, designers, curators, and creative technologists who will use some of the technology that…

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Beatty Robotics builds Mars Rover, blows our minds

Way back in September 2011, we caught wind of and featured some amazing robotics projects from a dad-and-daughters team. Their two robots - modeled after modern tanks and the Mars Rover - were impressively executed (and included a slew of SparkFun parts); turns out, we weren’t the only ones…

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Special Sauce

My friend Mike recently asked me to list two key things that have helped SparkFun become successful. I gave him nine. Delicious, spicy success. 1. Get past the engineer’s curse. Many engineers ask for two weeks to add “just a few more finishing touches.” Two weeks later, that same…

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Whatever Happened to The Future?

If you haven’t read William Gibson: Do it. It’s okay, I’ll wait. Just pick up anything and start reading. The science fiction novelist who coined the term “cyberspace” continues to have a keen eye for the ways in which culture is driven by technological change. Recently…

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Hyratel / 5 hours ago 1

where do you think we got the idea?! :D highfive for jumpstarting that part of the project

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Neal deGrasse / 14 hours ago 2

I used the same Arduino/USB Host Shield/Xbox Receiver combo on a [R/C Power…

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EvilMinion / 18 hours ago 2

The cases are nice. But how about this problem: In my home weather station (indoor unit), I am using a Mega as the 5" TFT touch panel shield…

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Carnes / 2 days ago 1

I kickstarted it with the pro package. As soon as i saw a video of Jeri saying she wanted to make and sell a product i opened the wallet,…

Re: The Birth of castAR: Q&A with Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson

brennen / 4 days ago 1

> I’m not sure what advantage having my platform in a plastic bubble offers. Mostly it reduces its likelihood of getting smashed. That…

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unmanaged / 4 days ago 1

Hey Nick… Just to FYI the users and hackers at sparkfun… if you are using devices that draw more then about a half of an amp I would…

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Member #240011 / 5 days ago 1

It would have been cool to route the wiring above the paneled ceiling.

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Accipiter / 5 days ago 1

All fun and bantor, but seriously; I’m not getting any response as to which class to enter my VTOL in. So, I’m going to enter it in the…

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