All hail Tech Support!

If you've ever had one of your gadgets malfunction, you might already know that SparkFun works hard to provide high quality technical support. What you might not know is that our support team is made up of just five dedicated, talented, and geeky gurus, who handle technical questions for the…

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IOIO + Roomba Create

Each year, Wintriss Technical Schools, which teaches Java to kids starting in 5th grade, sponsors iARoC, the International Autonomous Robot Competition in San Diego. The objective of the event, which took place last weekend at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, is to…

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Maker Faire 2012

Well, it's been a busy month here at SparkFun, but now that the dust has settled from another great AVC, let's look back on our adventures at this year's Maker Faire San Mateo!    Vimeo version here.     We sent 12 employees to California in May to check out the…

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New Product Friday: Joints and Mounts

Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday New Product Post. First, I'd like to thank everyone for coming out to AVC last weekend. Other than getting a sunburn, things went pretty well. We had some great moments, fierce competition, and a lot of fun. As a side note, I will most likely be doing…

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Today we have a cool project coming to us from SparkFun customer Brad Nelson. Brad's daily driver is a bright red Kymco ZX50 scooter - not the most exciting of rides and not much to look at. So, like any good hacker, Brad said, "I can make this better." Here's what he did: Brad…

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SparkFun Heading to ISTE Conference

Next week, from June 24 to June 27, the SparkFun Department of Education will be heading to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in San Diego, Cali. This is the 33rd annual ISTE conference and SparkFun is very excited to be taking part.   Each year at the ISTE…

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AVC 2012 Recap

As you may know, last Saturday was our fourth AVC -- SparkFun's annual autonomous vehicle competition -- and this year was by far our best yet! The weather was great, the robots were many, and one mystery human danced around in an octopus costume. A big thank you to the record number of folks…

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According to Pete - June 2012 Edition, Episode 2

Welcome back from the weekend! We hope those of you that were able to attend/watch AVC had a great time! We had a ton of fun and are already looking forward to next year. If you missed it, we'll have a recap video/photos coming shortly. In the meantime, check out this month's second episode…

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AVC 2012!

Update: That's it, folks! Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out for the event, both contestants and spectators alike. Also a huge thanks to the fine people who followed along online. We hope everyone had a good time, I know we all did! See you next year! It's AVC Day! Welcome once…

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New Product Friday: Lightly Toggled

It's been a busy week for us all as we prepare for AVC this weekend. It's shaping up to be quite the competition. Will Team Tobor bring home the gold again, or will they be bested by one of the new eager challengers? Will the weather cooperate? Will the VSS (video scoring system) prove to be…

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Solid State Depot and the Future of Farming

In December 2010, Boulder's Solid State Depot started brainstorming ways to address the issue of how to keep agricultural output on pace with the insatiable demands of global population growth. They started designing and building a garden based on autoponics -- the cybernation and automation of…

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Modkit Micro

In SparkFun’s Department of Education, we’re constantly looking for ways to make electronics more accessible to a younger audience. In our ideal world, electronics would be part of the normal K-12 curriculum. We’ve organized dozens of classes that teach kids (and adults) how…

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Final AVC Reminder

This is going to serve as the final reminder that the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition - or AVC - is this Saturday, June 16. The event will take place right here at SparkFun headquarters in Boulder, Colo. and is sure to be a good time! Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the first run will take place…

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Learn.SparkFun.Com and the Arduino Buzzer Beater

As you may have already heard (perhaps a few times), SparkFun semi-recently launched a new website called This website is the home of our Department of Education and is completely dedicated to - you guessed it - electronics education. It is SparkFun's hope to make electronics…

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New Product Friday: Cubelets are Here

Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday New Product Post. This week is a first for us - we had our first guest appearance by for our weekly video. Eric from Modular Robotics was kind enough to stop by and help me explain their new product. Check out the video. Cubelets really are a blast and…

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AVC and the Multicopter Rodeo

As you may have heard, next Saturday (June 16, 2012) is the fourth annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (or AVC). This competition has become kind of our signature event where we invite folks from all over the country/world to compete in a robotics contest held right here at SparkFun HQ in…

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Android Development with IOIO Class

First, we need to announce the winners of yesterday's caption contest. Like I said, there are two winners this month - congratulations to c2squared (caption: "digitalWrite(5, HIGH);) and Member #205855 (caption: "Sadly, Music Bot's requests for shoulder repair continued to be…

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June Caption Contest

I realized today that it's been a while since we did a caption contest. In fact, I didn't do a caption contest for the whole month of April! That's on me - so to make up for it, today we are going to have two winners. Whoever provides the best caption (as determined by me) to the photo…

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According to Pete - June 2012 Edition

It's the first Monday of June, which means we have a new installment of "According to Pete" - our monthly segment with SparkFun Director of Engineering Pete Dokter. In this installment, Pete talks more about his audio project and our trip to Maker Faire Bay Area. In case you want to…

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New Product Friday: The MiniPost

Good riddance to May and bring me June. We're slowly approaching summer, but that doesn't stop us from having new products. This week we have a few products to tell you about, including the long-awaited MiniBot. Let's check out the video(s), and then the products. Vimeo version here! For…

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