Don't Forget Cyber Monday

Hey! Listen! SparkFun is closed Thursday and Friday, 11/22 and 11/23. Deadline to place an order that will ship this week: 12pm (MST) Wednesday, 11/21! Not all shipping methods apply. See our shipping policy for more details. ** As you may know, next Monday (November 26, 2012) is Cyber Monday - the…

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November Caption Contest

Hey! Listen! SparkFun is closed Thursday and Friday, 11/22 and 11/23. Deadline to place an order that will ship this week: 12pm (MST) Wednesday, 11/21! Not all shipping methods apply. See our shipping policy for more details. ** Get ready folks - it’s time for a caption contest! The rules are…

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New Product Friday

Hello everyone and welcome to Friday, where we talk about new stuff. We’ve got a few things this week, so check out the video as well as the list of products. Vimeo version can be found here. I will admit, the colors of the storage boxes are less than desirable (we had no choice), but they do…

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Reworking with Hot-Air

When you’re building your own embedded electronics, it is pretty much inevitable that eventually you are going to solder something in backwards/upside-down/in the wrong place. It’s going to happen. If it’s never happened to you, color me impressed. But for those of us mere mortals,…

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Conductive Fiber and the MakeyMakey

The Makey Makey has quickly become a go-to product for people wanting to quickly learn about embedded electronics, conductivity, and just generally have a good time. If you haven’t played around with it, it is definitely a lot of fun. Today we wanted to share a cool video made by our friends…

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Q&A with Stephanie Segall of Imagine Our Life

Stephanie Segall is a graphic designer and mom who, after looking for an interactive way to keep her 2-year-old son Jackson entertained, combined her familiarity with the world of electronics with her love of crafting, and created her Quiet Books. Some of the books, which are made of felt and…

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Engineering Roundtable - HID and USB with Chris

Sorry for the delay in today’s post - we had uploading issues with YouTube. In today’s edition of “Engineering Roundtable,” SparkFun Engineer Chris Taylor explores using HID and USB to create his own one-button Arduino-based keyboard. Check it out: Vimeo version can be found…

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New Product Friday: Authentic Products

Another week has passed so it’s time to talk about new products. We’ve got a few things this week and a couple of demos. Check out the video to see some products in action. Vimeo version can be found here. The Processing sketch that works with the pulse sensor is surprisingly accurate.…

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SparkFun Education at Centennial Elementary

On Tuesdays at Centennial Elementary School in Firestone, Colorado a MESA (which means she has to figure out how to teach Math, Engineering and Science all at once) educator named Sarah Bloms teaches fourth and fifth graders various basic aspects of physical computing, which is not your standard…

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Halloween Costume Contest Winners

We had some great entries for our Halloween Costume Contest. It was awesome to see so many amazing costumes, all chock full of electronics. It made picking our winners really difficult. But, promises are promises, and we’ve chosen a first place ($200 SparkFun dollars), a second place ($100…

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SparkFun Joining in Cyber Monday

For as long as SparkFun has been around, everytime Thanksgiving nears, we get questions about participating in “Cyber Monday.” If you’re not familiar, “Cyber Monday” is online retailers answer to “Black Friday” - a day shortly following Thanksgiving for…

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A Special "According to Pete"

Today we have a special edition of “According to Pete.” Back in September, a group of SparkFun employees traveled to the World Maker Faire in New York City. Pete sat down with several “friends of SparkFun” including Limor “Ladyada” Fried from Adafruit and Jessica…

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New Product Friday: Unleash the Cerberus!

Hello and welcome to the Friday New Product Post where we talk about all the new products we’ve had since last Friday. We’ve got some cool stuff this week as always, so check out the video and the list of products. Vimeo version can be found here. Fun fact, the first time we did the…

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SparkFun Box in (Near) SPAAAAACE!

I got an email from David Patterson of EDGE Research Lab as a launch notice explaining their plan to launch the radio module from the ArduSat project (which we backed on Kickstarter!) on a high altitude balloon for testing. He asked if I or anyone else from SparkFun would like to attend, as they…

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World Maker Faire New York

Back in September, SparkFun traveled to the World Maker Faire in New York City. As usual, there were tons of cool projects, inspirational builds, and awesome stuff to check out. We had a blast meeting up with some of our customers and meeting new people. Today we wanted to share a video of some of…

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Make Your Own Solder Paste Stencils

Just a quick note - Hurricane Sandy continues to wreak havoc on the northeast, so shipping times to the east coast (as well as over-seas) will continue to be delayed. We hope everyone affected by the storm stays safe. In case you haven’t noticed, we love to promote soldering here at SparkFun.…

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Missouri Educational Robotics Conference

Happy Monday, everyone. First, we wanted to give you a heads up – because Hurricane Sandy is swirling around out there wreaking general atmospheric havoc, shipping times to the east coast will be delayed a little bit. We hope everyone in the storm’s path is staying safe! Now, are you…

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New Product Friday: TRIAC or Treat

Hello everyone! We’ve got a lot of new stuff this week and something resembling shenanigans in the video. Vimeo version found here. So, I think it’s pretty obvious from the video that we don’t really do much planning in the videos. We had the idea to dress up in somewhat matching…

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SparkFun bildr Poster

bildr (not “Bildr”) is a self-described “community of makers, artists, designers, and builders focused on simplifying the world of electronics DIY by modularizing information. Instead of showcasing users' projects, we offer bite-size, easy-to-follow articles that help you hit the…

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SparkFun Halloween Costume Contest Reminder

Alright, boys and ghouls (I’m so sorry for that…), Halloween is just a week away. That means the date is quickly approaching to send in your SparkFun Halloween Costume Contest entry! This new contest invites you to bust out your blinkiest, scariest, most creative electronic costumes for…

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