Engineering Roundtable - Cymatics with Joel

It's that time again - we have another episode of "Engineering Roundtable!" Today's host is Joel, SparkFun product vetter and hacker extraordinaire. Joel is going to guide you through his cymatics project - check it out: Vimeo version found here. Just a bit of warning - if you are…

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New Product Friday: Breakthrough New Products

Hello everyone and welcome to your Friday New Product Post. I'm back from vacation and ready to talk about some new products for the week. Vimeo version here. So there you have it, Dave gets his revenge for all the (albeit fake) pranks we've pulled on him over the past couple of years. Yes,…

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SparkFun Heading to Mini Maker Faire Champlain

We're all really big fans of Maker Faire (and Mini Maker Faire) at SparkFun - we have sponsored the Faires from very early on. The big Faires, New York and San Mateo are spectacles of the first order. The draw of the Faire is that you get to see things and meet people who have common interest…

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Vacuum Forming on the Super Cheap

When you're trying to execute a build, sometimes it can be hard to decide exactly what tools will be involved. That's why it's a good idea to become a Jack (or Jill) of all trades and collect an arsenal of skills for any situation. Today you'll learn one more skill to add to your…

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SparkFun Heads West!

SparkFun's Department of Education has spent a great deal of 2012 on the road. In fact, we've all just returned from a national blitz where Amanda had a workshop in Texas, Linz and Jeff were in Washington, D.C., followed by workshops in South Carolina. All preceded by meetings in the…

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According to Pete - DIY Guitar Pickups

Today we have the second August edition of "According to Pete." If you missed the first installment this month, you can watch it here. Or, if you really need a Pete fix, check out the "According to Pete" YouTube playlist. Vimeo version found here. Today, Pete revisits his guitar…

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New Product Friday: Form Follows Function

Hey everyone, Rob's out for the week so I'll be supplying the new product news this week. Hopefully there's something in this batch that will catch your interest! Vimeo version found here. That was the unhappiest Arduino... I hope I didn't make up that stuff about using a function…

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Final East Coast Tour Recap

This is part three of our East Coast trip recap! You can check out Part I here and Part II here! Here we go... Next on our itinerary was Washington, DC, for the United States of America Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF). This year, we setup a soldering booth! The festival was huge,…

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East Coast Tour Recap: Part II

Welcome to part two of our look back on SparkFun's 2012 East Coast tour! If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here. Onward! After spending the weekend in Boston, Linz and I jumped on the Mass Pike and headed to the Five College area. Our first stop would be UMass Amherst for…

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East Coast Tour Recap: Part I

Recently, two members of SparkFun's Department of Education hit the road for three weeks, traveling around the East Coast teaching technology and connecting with educators and students. I left SparkFun on April 8th with a van chock full of electronics, soldering irons, computers, promo gear and…

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Engineering Roundtable - EL Wire Burning Man Sign

Today we have August's first edition of "Engineering Roundtable." If you missed the announcement post, Engineering Roundtable is a new SparkFun video series featuring a triumvirate of SparkFun employees talking about the projects they hold near and dear. These three SFE electronic…

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New Product Friday: Some Bright Newcomers

Hello everyone and welcome to another round of new products to end the week. Check them out and hopefully there's something here you'll find useful. Vimeo version found here. Just to reiterate if you didn't watch the video, I'll be on vacation for the next week or so. Nick will be covering for me so…

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On Radios, Summits and Satellites

Sunday was quite an adventure for a few of us SparkFunions. Ben (KD0PNS) and I (KI6YMZ) participated in the Colorado 14er event. On one day in August, people summit as many of the 50+ fourteeners in the state as possible. The catch is that we all carry amateur, or ham radio equipment to the top. Due…

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According to Pete - August Edition #1

After a one day delay, we're here the with August's first edition of "According to Pete." In today's episode, SparkFun Director of Engineering Pete Dokter attempts to make guitar pickups using the AMP401 MEMS Microphone. Check it out! Vimeo version can be found here. Please…

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Open Source Hardware Question

First, just a quick note: "According to Pete" will run tomorrow - stay tuned! The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is this little non-profit group that's trying to figure out how to define and monitor open source hardware. The board is made up of six people and we've run…

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New Product Friday: Benjamin Button

Hello loyal readers, and welcome to another Friday New Product Post! It's business as usual this week with new products. We've got a few things and a video, so let's see what we've got. Vimeo link here! Although he might not admit as much in person, Pete has told me on several…

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SparkFun Gets Social

So apparently this whole social media craze is here to stay (I'm as shocked as you are), so today we wanted to tell you about our various social media outlets. Why should you care? Well, you certainly don't have to - but we try to use our Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts as…

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Learning About Soft Circuits

Ever wanted to learn more about the emerging world of e-textiles? Well today's your lucky Tuesday, because SparkFun's Department of Education has expanded its class list to include a course on soft circuits! This is a great class for electronics beginners, since there is no soldering…

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Visualize the frequencies of life with the SoundPuddle

Electronics and art go hand-in-hand, especially in the case of interactive art. To create an art piece that interacts with the environment and objects around it, be it presence, motion, light, smells, sound or color, you need microcontrollers and sensors providing the piece with some level of…

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Welcome to Engineering Roundtable!

Hey and happy Monday! Today we're excited to announce our newest upcoming video series: Engineering Roundtable. On the second and final Mondays of each month (alternating with According to Pete), three of our engineering gurus -- Nick, Chris and Joel -- will sit down and walk us through their…

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