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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According to Pete: April 2012 Edition

If there is one thing that fires me up on a Monday morning, it's talking about inductors and brushed DC motors. In this month's "According to Pete," SparkFun Director of Engineering Pete Dokter takes you to his home workspace to guide you through the basics of these electronic…

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New Product Friday: Never odd or Even

Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday New Product Post. This week we have even more new products and a video within a video. Before we get to the post I'd like to tell everyone that we've been doing a bit of spring cleaning. We found a lot of products that were retired but we still…

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AVC Spectator Registration Reminder

The SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (or AVC) has quickly become one of SFE's favorite traditions. It started as a small, family-friendly robotics competition that served to break up the long gap between Free Day and Maker Faire San Mateo. We held the event in April (usually right around…

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Greetings from Customer Service

Well it’s been over a year since SparkFunians out there last heard from Customer Service but let me assure you that we are alive and thriving! New faces - voices and email signatures for most of you - have joined the Customer Service team. We all come to SparkFun every day excited and ready to…

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Free Day Documentary Part II

Back in January, we hosted the third version of SparkFun Free Day. This year, we gave away $200,000 worth of $100 SparkFun credits over the course of the day. Once again, it was mayhem. This time around, we wanted to see how people experience Free Day from the "other side", so we sent…

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Introduction to Arduino Class

The SparkFun Inventor's Kit has continued to be one of our most popular products. The SIK (as we call it) is a learning tool designed around the popular Arduino development platform. In the SIK, you go through various educational circuits as you learn all there is to know about the basics of…

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New Product Friday: Oh Fudge!

The winner of the March caption contest is Nerdrobin! Congratulations - you win the "Hacker On-the-Go" wishlist! What do you mean I can't eat it? You said there were chips in this box! We're back, and it's time to have some fun. It's been awhile since we pulled a good prank…

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March Caption Contest

Today, we have some simple, mindless fun - a caption contest. It works like this: leave your best caption to the photo below in the comments section. The contest will run until tomorrow (3/23/2012) at 10 AM Mountain Time. We'll pick the best (read: most clever/funny/original) caption and select…

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On The Trail of the Black Swift

The black swift (Cypseloides niger) leads a secretive life. These small, sleek birds are rare to begin with, and their numbers appear to be declining due to climate change and habitat loss. They live in remote locations, choosing to nest high on wet cliff faces, often behind waterfalls. This makes…

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Last Minute Class Reminder

We've already posted about these three classes, but wanted to give one final reminder that tonight (March 20), tomorrow (March 21), and Thursday (March 22), we are offering three classes all centered around our Simon platform - and there are still plenty of spots! We've found that these…

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Vortical Filament

Today we have a project that is maybe not so high on the electronics quotient but is high on the "that's neat looking" factor. Today is a perfect example of such a project. In fact, if you have an Arduino, a motor, and know a bit about pulse-width modulation, you could create this in…

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New Product Friday: Have it your way

The weekend is almost here, so that means it's time to talk about some new products! As always, we have new stuff, a video, and even a couple of short demos in the video. Can't or don't want to watch the YouTube version? No worries - check out the Vimeo version. Also, here comes the…

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Androids Love IOIOs!

We've had high expectations for the IOIO since its inception in April 2011. The ability to easily connect external hardware to your Android device has its allure already, but advances in the IOIO firmware/software (like Bluetooth capability), as well as exceptionally documented projects have…

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Free Day Text-Browser Contest Results

So, as some of you might remember, we set up a little side contest on Free Day: As Mentioned on IRC, since we didn't get around to coming up with anything for users of text-only browsers like Lynx, w3m, elinks, et al., IT will be running a side contest with a handful of prizes. If you snailmail us a…

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Three Days of Simon

Today will serve as your final reminder of a group of three classes we have coming up next week on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd. This trifecta of classes will teach you all about building and using the SparkFun Simon Kit. First we have the PTH Soldering Class. In this class, which takes place on March…

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mbed USB Slingshot

I'm sure you all know somebody who is patently obsessed with the game "Angry Birds." Apparently, it's pretty popular, with users logging nearly 1 million hours of gameplay on just iOS each day. So, the folks over at mbed created a pretty awesome project to make the game a little…

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New Product Friday: Poetry in Motion

Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday New Product Post. As always, we have some new products, a video, and witty banter. Well, two out of three isn't bad. Testing the ShakeSphere was one of the most annoying things I've encountered at this job. Once you turn it on, it only takes about…

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Solder Competition Reminder!

This is a reminder that on April 28th, 2012, SparkFun is hosting our inaugural soldering competition! We will be gathering at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont for a day of intense competition - and we want you there! The event will take place at Oskar Blues, who have kindly given…

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Meet the Boulder Hackerspace

If you haven't heard of the terms hackerspace or makerspace, then you might have been living under a rock for the past few years! For those unfamiliar with hackerspaces, they are, in short, community workshops, hangouts, laboratories and sometimes something much larger. Each space has its own…

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