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 - learn.sparkfun.com. 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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USASEF

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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New Product Friday: Switching it Up

Hello SparkFun readers! It's Friday again and that means it's time to talk about new products. This week we have quite a bit so you might want to grab your favorite beverage and settle in. In fact, maybe grab a whole meal of food, because we've made a YouTube Playlist of all the past…

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DIY Wirelessly Controlled Lights

Today we have a cool project coming from SparkFun customer Robert Diamond. Robert saw a problem (it gets dark at night) and found a solution (lights!). But rather than just stop there, Robert wanted to bring his home light system into the 21st century, using LEDs, Arduino, and the XBee communication…

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Fire Up Your Soldering Irons

Today is the final reminder to sign up for the SparkFun Soldering Competition. The SparkFun Soldering Competition is the brain-child of our amazing production department, home of the fastest soldering irons in the West. I mean, these guys/gals down there will have a fine-pitch, 50-component SMD…

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blodeJazz

A few years ago while working at a small community college in Michigan, I came up with a method to generate simple free form music from web site traffic. At the time, the college's web site did not receive much traffic, so the result of the experiment was a little disappointing and I ended up…

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Getting it fixed right now. Sorry about that problem!

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