New Product Friday: Brightening Up Your Week

So this week we have a lot of little displays, LEDs and other goodies for you. Our docks continue to be flooded with new products every week. You may notice that the images are much bigger this week. No, you haven’t advanced to level 4 on Super Mario 3, I’m just using bigger images for…

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The Rise and Fall of Heathkit -- And Rise of SparkFun

I'm not an engineer, but I certainly grew up in a family of them. My dad is a metalurgical engineer and works in failure analysis for Atmel. My grandfather on my mom's side is also an engineer and worked for HP for many years. Going way back, my great-grandfather was a blacksmith on the…

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Multiplo and the Future of Open Robotics

There's nothing that excites us more than people with new ideas -- a while back we started a curated Kickstarter page just to give shout-outs to some that we think have the most potential. One of our favorites lately comes from our friends at Minibloq. After successfully creating the…

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Getting Started with Arduino

There are loads of great development platforms out there, but some of the most popular are the Arduino boards. Arduinos have become increasingly popular because of their user-friendly IDE, a huge support system with tons of example code, and their simplicity of use. Arduino is a great gateway board…

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According to Pete - SPI and I2C

In today's edition of "According to Pete," SparkFun's Director of Engineer Pete Dokter will again talk about serial communication - this time specifically about SPI vs I2C. Check it out: Vimeo version found here. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please them…

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New Product Friday: Sense Your Environment

Oh boy, we've got a LOT of new products this week! We've got some long-awaited new revs, customer-requested products, and even some new cool sensors. Check out the video below for a full explanation of the new sensors and a little bit more about the manufacturer, Atlas Scientific. Vimeo…

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SparkFun and the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library

The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada-Reno is, for the most part, a typical collegiate library. It has approximately 1200 active journal subscriptions, 100,000 volumes of monographs, bound journals, and government documents, and - of course - a whole bunch of…

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Tour Time is here!

The time has come and SparkFun's Department of Education is back on the road. Linz Craig and Jim Lindblom will be on the east coast through October 16th, and they'll be doing workshops at Artist's Asylum, MIT and Tufts. Linz will also be at the upcoming Maker Faire…

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SparkFun Halloween Costume Contest

Today, we are excited to announce the SparkFun eTextiles Halloween Costume Contest! This new contest invites you to bust out your blinkiest, scariest, most creative electronic costumes for a shot at glory. The rules are pretty simple: Submit your entry by October 31, 2012 by emailing a photo and/or…

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Engineering Roundtable - Joel's Ardouija board

Happy Monday and welcome to another installment of Engineering Roundtable. Today's project comes from Joel just in time for Halloween: It's an Arduino-controlled ouija board! Joel was inspired to create the project after seeing a ouija board in action in a horror movie. Ideally, someday soon…

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New Product Friday: Your Parts Connection

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Friday full of new products. Let me start by saying that shipments are starting to show up. We had a dry past few weeks, but we're starting to receive all the stuff we ordered over summer. Expect the next few weeks to be loaded with goodies. We've…

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Onyx Ashanti Lets His Geek Shine

Working here at SparkFun Electronics, I find that many of the projects I stumble across arise out of a need. Sure, there are a lot of projects that are just created for plain ol' fun, but most of the projects I see answer the question, "How can I solve this problem in a better way?"…

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Using the LilyTiny board

What I love about the LilyTiny and LilyTwinkle are how much they lower the barrier-to-entry for advanced e-textiles. The jump from extremely basic LED circuits to Arduino projects can be really daunting to those who have no programming experience at all. I should know, I had never looked at a…

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RGB Fiber Optics

Good morning! First, we wanted to let our friends on the east coast know that we'll be visiting soon and we'd love to hang out! Artisan's Asylum, the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council are hosting the first Somerville Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 13, in…

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How to Electronics

Happy October! We know we can't pull anything over on you guys, and you're right: This is not your regularly scheduled According to Pete. Pete and the SparkFun crew are in New York for Maker Faire, but he'll be back to make it up to you on Monday, October 15. The good news is, if…

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New Product Friday: Product Power!

Hello once again and welcome to yet another Friday New Product Post. We have a few things this week. Don't forget that Maker Faire New York is this weekend as well. We'll be wandering around, so if you see some red shirts, stop and say hi.   Here's the video from a couple weeks ago…

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SparkFun Heading to Maker Faire New York!

This weekend, September 29 and 30, is the World Maker Faire in New York City. The faire runs from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. While we won't be having a booth this time around, there will be a small contingent of SparkFun redshirts milling around the faire,…

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SparkFun West Coast Tour 2012

We've been posting a few things about our up coming trip to the west coast. We've got a few details to share, and maybe a few chances for you to catch up with SparkFun's Dept. of Education! Here's the rough schedule: Chandler, AZ - Oct. 14 LA - Oct. 15-19 Central CA - Oct. 20-21 Bay…

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How SparkFun Built Their Open Hardware Business

Exactly a week ago, SparkFun Director of IT Chris Clark penned an article for OpenSource.com titled "How SparkFun Built Their Open Hardware Business." While the recent open source discussion here on SparkFun has focused primarily on hardware (and why not, with the OHW Summit this week?),…

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Engineering Roundtable - Chris Taylor and Capacitive Sensing

Today we have another episode of "Engineering Roundtable!" Today's host is Chris Taylor, SparkFun Engineer and hacker extraordinaire. In this edition, Chris talks about capacitive sensing. Check it out: Vimeo version here. To download the code Chris mentions in the video, down this ZIP…

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