Product Assembly at SparkFun

In the early days of SparkFun, our manufacturing “process” consisted of one zealous engineering student (that’s Nate Seidle) soldering away in his college apartment. Our infamous (the in-famous!?) tried-and-true hot-plate reflow method was one of the crowning jewels in…

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New Product Friday: A Display of Digital Goodness

It’s me again! But today it’s time for new products. If you missed the AVC Course Preview, check out yesterday’s post. We have some cool stuff this week (as always!) so let’s see what we’ve got. Vimeo version can be found here We just ran out of time this week with AVC…

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Full AVC Details and Course Preview!

Wow, what a difference a few years make. When we first started the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (or AVC) back in 2009, it took place in our parking lot and a few dozen people showed up. It was an awesome day, but was definitely a low-key affair. Fast forward to today, and we are in the…

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Hygrometers: A Cautionary Tale

Hygrometers, or humidity sensors as they are more commonly called, don’t tend to be particularly riveting topics for discussion at most parties, but that doesn’t make them any less useful or any less interesting to geeks like us. They are practically everywhere too - medical, HVAC…

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Drawing the Electric Synth with Sam Jacoby

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of DIY instruments - but only recently did we stumble across the idea of drawing your own electric instruments. This is a concept we’ll be exploring in a new class, aptly named “Drawing the Electric Synth with Sam Jacoby from MIT.” In this…

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Check out the Lumapad!

Today, we have a guest post from SparkFun videographer Gregg (of Engineering Roundtable, new product post, and According to Pete “fame”). Check it out: As the videographer here at SparkFun, I get a lot of questions about the type of equipment I use. As a general rule, I try to pick out…

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New Product Friday: Packin' some Hack

Welcome back everyone! It’s Friday, and that’s National New Product Day, at least it is around here. We’ve got a few new things as well as the last part of our Shieldstravaganza video. Check em out! Vimeo version can be found here If you don’t know what tools to get and need…

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SparkFun Heads to SXSW

As you may know, South By Southwest (SXSW) - a set of film, interactive, and music festivals - is taking place in Austin, TX the next couple weeks. Today, a team of SparkFun employees, led by fearless hacker and SparkFun e-textiles guru extraordinaire Dia Campbell, will board a plane to the Lone…

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Q & A with Geek Express

Geek Express is a concept store that recently opened its doors in Beirut, Lebanon. In addition to carrying DIY electronics parts (and many of them from SparkFun), Geek Express also serves as a makerspace, holding workshops, classes, lectures, and more. It also houses a full-service coffee shop. By…

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SparkFun at POSSCON 2013

In a couple weeks, a few of us SparkFunions are packing up and heading to the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference in Columbia, SC (POSSCON). We love attending events like these with like-minded open source enthusiasts, and this one promises to be no different. POSSCON is the open source…

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According to Pete - The Adventures of Little Dude

On today’s episode of “According to Pete,” SparkFun Director of Engineering Pete Dokter takes a break from discussing basic electronics principles to visit a recent project. Pete shows us his loving side with a Valentine’s Day project for his wife! I’d describe it…

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New Product Friday: The pcDuino is here!

Oh, is it Friday already? Believe it or not, it is. As always, we have some exciting new products for you this week. We’ve also got the next installment of SHIELDSTRAVAGANZA! If you’re not sure what that word is, check out part one of the video last week. Vimeo link here The pcDuino…

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AVC Update and "Engineering Roundtable" - Homemade Pan/Tilt with Creo

First off, we have an exciting announcement about the 2013 SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition. After months of filling out forms, writing emails, and making phone calls, we’ve nailed down a date and location for the 2013 SparkFun AVC. The event will take place on June 8, 2013 at the…

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Android and Simon Hacking with Jeff Boody

A few weeks back, SparkFun customer Jeff Boody came to our office to give a presentation about one of his recent projects. Using Bluetooth connectivity, Jeff was able to take one of our SparkFun Simon Kits and link it with his Android-based phone, so that he could use his phones interface to control…

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SparkFun at Make a MakerSpace, hosted by Artisan's Asylum, Part 2

Day two of Make a MakerSpace found the Lindsays of SparkFun splitting up to offer two different workshops. My boss, Dr. Lindsay Levkoff, talked about hands-on education along with people like Chris Rogers from Tufts University. They played with Legos and discussed pedagogy while I led seventy-five…

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SparkFun at Make a MakerSpace, hosted by Artisan's Asylum, Part 1

As an Educational Outreach Coordinator for SparkFun Electronics, I have seen a myriad of different educational environments since being hired in 2010. These spaces range from traditional schools to libraries to HackerSpaces and other forms of “spaces.” Schools, museums and libraries tend…

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New Product Friday: Shieldstravaganza!

This week we have a smaller than usual list of new products, so I decided to do something a bit different. I was wanting to talk about a product that we carry that’s never gotten a proper introduction, but it didn’t seem fair to pick just one. So, for the next couple of weeks, I present…

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SparkFun Teaches at Missouri 4-H Robotics Conference

The West Coast tour last fall was amazing. We met a bunch of people, taught a whole lot and got to see some awesome projects. Hoping to be home in time for Halloween, we drove through the night and found ourselves cooking cinnamon rolls for breakfast while the RV chugged up over the Rocky Mountains…

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Introduction to Infrared with Jeff

Over the past couple months we’ve been building some tutorials on beginner concepts like robotics motors and servo motors with Jeff, one of our educational outreach coordinators. For our most recent addition, Jeff covers the basics of infrared - how to set up different sensors,…

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West Coast Tour 2012, Part 2

As our travels continued we headed for the Bay Area, catching a night in the mountains outside Santa Cruz. It was then on into San Francisco to hit our next round of workshops. Our next appointment was at Noisebridge in the Mission District. We’d been talking to Mitch Altman, and he asked if we…

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I wonder what the noise is like of this? 72 LEDs each driven by PWM. That can’t be good for other equipment.

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