Valentine's Day Gift Guide Video

January is drawing to an end, which means that Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re like me, you may have exhausted your gift giving ideas over the holidays which leaves only one option - the handcrafted gift. Fortunately, SparkFun Electronics has your back, and we’ve…

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BREAKFAST Lets Their Geek Shine

A couple months back, a team of SparkFun employees went to New York to meet up with some customers of ours from an outfit called BREAKFAST. BREAKFAST is a marketing firm nestled on the second floor of an old warehouse in Brooklyn. But unlike traditional agencies that focus on things like TV spots,…

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New Product Friday: Demo Friday

Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday New Product Post! We only have a few products this week so we decided to not do a normal product post video. Instead, we picked a couple existing products and did some demonstration videos. A couple weeks back we never really did a proper demonstration of…

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Q & A with Jenn Karson of Vermont Makers

SparkFun’s Department of Education engages in educational outreach all over the country, and we’re always impressed and excited when we run into people and organizations as enthusiastic about electronics as we are. Over the past few years we’ve met a lot of people involved in the…

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On Counting Things

Here at SparkFun we have a big warehouse filled with stuff. A lot of that stuff you see here on SparkFun.com for sale. Most things we only have a few of or a few hundred of. The most of one thing we ever had in stock that was for sale was our 6 Pin Arduino Stackable Header. While today we have just…

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Engineering Roundtable - Audio Spectrum Analysis and Fire!

In today’s edition of “Engineering Roundtable,” SparkFun Engineer Chris Taylor guides you through the use of a microcontroller to perform audio spectrum analysis. He explains the basics of working with the audio spectrum, and ultimately links up his project with a propane torch.…

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January Caption Contest

Inventory day moved everything back just a touch, so “Engineering Roundtable” will go live tomorrow. Additionally, our Shipping department is pretty backed up following inventory day. Orders that meet our Same-Day Shipping requirements are going out OK, but orders shipping First Class…

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New Product Friday: MOAR POWER!

Hello loyal SparkFun readers. It’s Friday, so that means we’ve got new products to talk about. We don’t have quite as many products as we did last week, but we’ve still got some cool stuff. Vimeo version can be found here. That plastic ball has seen better days. Thankfully,…

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Introduction to Robotic Motors with Jeff

Tomorrow, Friday January 11, 2013, Inventory Day. That means pretty much every SparkFun employee will be busy counting all the things. Thusly, orders won’t be going out tomorrow. Our apologies for the inconvenience! Now on to today’s post… If you’ve ever taken a class at…

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Surface Mount Soldering with Simon

Just a heads-up: Friday January 11, 2013 is our favorite day of the year, Inventory Day. That means we’ll all be busy counting every IC, wire, and switch we have in stock, so orders won’t be going out that day. Our apologies for the inconvenience! The first time I tried surface mount device…

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E-Origami Workshop with SparkFun and the Vermont Makers

Just a heads-up: Friday January 11, 2013 is our favorite day of the year, Inventory Day. That means we’ll all be busy counting every IC, wire, and switch we have in stock, so orders won’t be going out that day. Our apologies for the inconvenience! At the end of January, SparkFun’s own Jeff…

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According to Pete - Filtering

Just a heads-up: Friday January 11, 2013 is our favorite day of the year, Inventory Day. That means we’ll all be busy counting every IC, wire, and switch we have in stock, so orders won’t be going out that day. Our apologies for the inconvenience! In today’s edition of…

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New Product Friday: Retail Extravaganza!

This week we’ve got a LOT of new products, including a lot of new retail stuff. Now that the holiday season is wrapping up, we’ll be back weekly with both the product post and the video. It’s good to be back, especially with a mountain of new stuff. You can find the Vimeo version…

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10 Year Anniversary

In 2002 I was programming PIC microcontrollers with a Warp-13A programmer: This was the setup on my desk. Guess what you get when you connect a programmer (Warp on the left) to a PIC16F84A plus EEPROM (I2C) and a UV40 GPS receiver. Yep, that’s a GPS logger circa 2002 technology. Shocking. As I…

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Welcoming Our New Robot Friends :: Part II

If you read last week’s post about our new pick-and-place machine, you likely, at some point, said to yourself, “SparkFun’s new pick-and-place machine sure doesn’t look or sound like a bootstrapped solution.” And that would be a fair assessment. But where we ventured into a more stable…

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Happy New Year!

Well, here we are at the end of another eventful year at SparkFun! 2012 was an exciting one for us - we traveled all over the country, made a whole heap of new friends, survived the apocalypse, taught some folks about electronics and learned a little bit about a lot of important things. We have…

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Free Day, Lotteries, and Tours

Last week, Free Day 2013 came to an end. Free Day is a strange beast in the SparkFun menagerie. It started in January 2010 with $100k in free orders in a mad rush. A year later $150k in promo codes went free in an equally mad rush involving customer seniority, quiz questions, and a hefty kick to…

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Python and GPS Tracking Tutorial

If you have ever programmed a microcontroller, you are probably familiar with sending and receiving data over a serial port. A common way to do this is with a serial terminal program (hyperterminal, Arduino serial monitor, etc.). Lets say you want to create your own serial terminal program that…

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Welcoming Our New Robot Friends :: Part I

Hey and welcome back, everyone! First thing’s first: CAPTION CONTEST. You’ve been waiting so patiently, and the results are in! Congratulations Hardware.Panda, you’re the winner of the “Hacker on the Go” wishlist! Let the wave of glory wash over you like a lead-free…

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New Product Friday: The End is Nigh

First off, we’ll announce the winner of the caption contest next week. There are a lot of strong entries this time around - judging is going to be tough! Also, SparkFun will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 24 and 25) for Christmas. We’ll resume normal operations on Wednesday the…

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