According to Pete: May 2012 Edition

Today is the first Monday of the month, which can only mean one thing - According to Pete! In this month's edition, Pete is starting to wrap up his audio project and in this video, finishes up his faders and provides us with a pretty nifty demonstration - check it out: You can check out the…

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New Product Friday: Scoping it Out

Hello again and welcome to another installment of 'we have new stuff for you'! When will we run out of new products? Not this week, not yet. (Vimeo Link) It's true, I'm not an engineer. I know the basics of an oscilloscope and logic analyzer, but sadly my job doesn't require me…

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MiniBot Class Reminder

Today, we want to remind everyone about an upcoming class called Enhancing SparkFun's ProtoSnap MiniBot. This class takes place on May 13, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This class is also a sneak-peek at the ProtoSnap MiniBot, a product that has been in development for a while now and is not yet…

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Maker Faire San Mateo 2012

We’re going to Maker Faire this year! Please join us and another 100,000 people at one of the greatest events for DIYers. This will be our 7th time going. I went the first year in 2006: That year, Dale Dougherty had heard about our GPS clock and was nice enough to ask me to hang it behind the…

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Fast and Malleable

SparkFun is not like BMW. We will never be the company to produce the luxury market version of breakout boards and development tools. I believe the only way SparkFun will survive this quickly changing world is to be malleable. We have to be ready to change. SparkFun's audience is often a first…

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AVC Reminder

First off, a hearty thank you to anyone who stopped by the SparkFun booth this weekend at USASEF in Washington D.C. - it was great to meet all of you. I personally really enjoyed talking to quite a few customers at our booth and definitely met a bunch of great people. We taught a lot of people how…

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New Product Friday: Pull, Stomp, Rocker, Race

We're back after last week's 'demonstration', with more products and a more tame demonstration. Check out the video, and then the products below. For those of you who can't view the video on YouTube, here's a link for it on Vimeo. The car can be really difficult to drive,…

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Tech Support RoboJoust

Robot Wars! If you hear those words and are in touch with your inner geek, you likely think of things like an epic battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, or if you are more old school, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. While both of the aforementioned items are awesome, your friendly…

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Final Soldering Competition Reminder

Today is the final (really, final this time!) reminder to sign up for the SparkFun Soldering Competition that is taking place this Saturday, April 28th. The SparkFun Soldering Competition is the brain-child of our production department, who decided to make a competition out of what they know better…

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Education Website Launch

Today we are proud to announce the launch of a new SparkFun website - This new website is the home of the semi-recently formed SparkFun Department of Education and represents SparkFun's commitment to helping bring embedded electronics into the classroom. Why an octopus?…

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This weekend (April 28th and 29th), the USA Science & Engineering Festival is taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This is one of the only true "nationwide" science fairs, and has representatives from all over the country with some pretty…

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New Product Friday: The FLATUS

I've done a lot of videos here at SparkFun and I can't necessarily say I'm "proud" of the one this week. I had an idea and we ran with it. Maybe we shouldn't have... The FLATUS (fart loudening armpit triggered utilization systemizer) is really a wonderfully terrible device.…

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Distributors: Our Extended SparkFun Family

Here at SparkFun, we’re a hodgepodge crew from all different walks of life. Some of us are working in the field we planned to work in, while others, like myself, never envisioned working for a company like SparkFun. But now that I’ve been with SparkFun for a few years, I can’t…

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All Hail the DeployBot!

So..we made a thing. One of the fun problems we run into on a daily - shoot, almost a few times a day - is a “deploy” from IT. That is when they upload a bunch of new updates and fixes for both the website and our internal system. Now, if you are working on something in our internal…

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The Tricorder Project

Every once in a while, we stumble across a project that makes us stop and think, "Wow - that's what people are doing with our products?" Truthfully, that seems to happen to us at least once every day - we are pretty amazed by the continued inventiveness of our customers. Today, we are…

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Deconstructing SPOT

The SPOT Connect is a pretty awesome device. Basically, with a clear view of the sky, you can transmit small amounts of data (like text messages or short tweets) across a low-orbit satellite network from nearly anywhere on earth. You can control the SPOT Connect messenger with simple serial…

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New Product Friday: Your Parts Connection

It's yet again the closing of another week and that can mean only one thing - new products. We have a big selection this week, so let's check out the video and see what everything looks like. Check out the vimeo version here. We are really excited to see the new packaging for the tool kits.…

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Package-Off 2012 and a New Class!

Update: here's the UStream link for today's competition. The actual competition will start at 12 PM Mountain Time. Live broadcasting by Ustream First off, a quick announcement of an event taking place today! SparkFun has a dedicated packaging crew to get parts ready to be picked and shipped…

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OSHW DC Meetup and Survey

We're going to let this post ride for another day - the conversation going on below is great. Please continue to discuss this! And don't forget to take the survey! Catarina Mota, David Mellis, and John De Cristofaro have put together a survey for the open source hardware community.…

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It's RoboWeek!

April 7-15 is a special time for electronics enthusiasts - it's National Robotics Week! National Robotics Week recognizes robotics technology as a pillar of 21st century American innovation, highlights its growing importance in a wide variety of application areas, and emphasizes its ability to…

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“No drones were harmed during the filming of this ad”

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You might want to share this idea with Consumer reports on packaging testing. I don’t know if they thought of dropping packaging from an AVC…

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I’m afraid it’s rather more like NASCAR giving 5 teams a brand new engine a week before the race while everyone else got to go pick their…

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Definitely gives new meaning to the phrase “drop shipping”.

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But no one even knows what the 3DR Rover platform can do (at least, I can’t find any mention of it on Google). It could be beyond what…

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You guys forgot a disclaimer “No drones were hurt in the making of this video.”

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I think a package delivery challenge should be created, I’d be rather interested in watching that drones try to complete that

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