The Science of Licking a 9V Battery

Electricity Basics If you’re familiar with Ohm’s Law, you know that voltage is a function of current and resistance (namely, V = IR). The important thing to remember is that everything is a conductor and can be modeled as a resistor. Things like wire and metal are obvious conductors and…

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SparkFun Live!: Random Pick-up Line Generator

Today’s the day! It’s time for another rousing edition of SparkFun Live! This time around, follow along with engineers Toni and Mike as they build a Random Pick-Up Line Generator - just in time for Valentine’s Day. The live video starts at 3:00 p.m. MT here: You can learn more…

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New Product Friday: New Product Smorgasboard

This is a pretty big week for new products. We have a lot of new red boards, as well as some revisions, and other goodies. We will be skipping the Robotics 101 video this week, just because we had so many other products. But don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with the Robotics 101…

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Enginursday: Key-chain Hardware Comparison

Ah, yet another Thursday has come upon us. It’s almost nostalgic at this point. Nostalgic like the awkward stories parents tell about your youth while visiting for family gatherings. I lived through my own version of this recently, and while hiding in the basement I came across some old,…

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National Tour- Virginia to Nebraska and Then Home

From October 7th to November 11th SparkFun’s RV rolled through the “Southern” portion of our National Tour. I’ll bet you guys didn’t realize that Nebraska was in the South, did you? Ok, I’ll admit, I tacked on a couple other stops in order to wrap up the National…

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Beatty Robotics + Actobotics

You may remember back in June 2013 when we featured Beatty Robotics, the dad-and-daughters team who were commissioned to build an incredibly awesome Mars Rover for the New York Hall of Science (we also featured their homemade mechatronic tank and first Rover build in 2011). We were excited to get to…

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You have been randomly selected to serve on the next Dog Tribunal!

That’s what the recent email in my inbox said. I was randomly selected as the director on the dog tribunal for this January. It’s the SparkFun equivalent of jury duty, and it saved our dog privileges. Many moons ago SparkFun was a lot smaller. The first dogs began showing up at work…

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New Product Friday: Galileo Magnifico!

The weekend is almost here and that means it’s time to talk about new products. We just have a few products this week, but we have the new Galileo from Intel as well as another Robotics 101 video. Just to reiterate, the Galileo is only available for pre-order, and we’re not really sure…

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Enginursday: Enginerds in Vegas

Earlier this month, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas went down. For the first time, SparkFun attended in an official sense (as attendees). Pete, Dia, and myself represented Engineering, while our new head of Marketing, Jess, attended on behalf of her department. In addition, Nick W. and…

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January Caption Contest Winner!

Hello everyone. We know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for this month’s caption contest winner, and the wait is over! Congratulations Member #468914! Quickly going over the table of contents. Mysterious Member #468914 is the proud new owner of the SparkFun “Kits Kit”:…

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SparkFun Live! - Random Pick-up Line Generator

Finding love can be hard. But worry not - SparkFun’s got your back. On February 3rd, 2014 at 3 p.m. MT, we’ll be airing the next episode of “SparkFun Live!” In this edition, SparkFun Engineer Toni will guide you through building a random pick-up line generator that will be…

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Calling All Colorado Makers! Denver Mini Maker Faire

On May 3-4, 2014, Maker Faire is coming to Denver - and we’ll be there! That’s right, Denver is having its first ever Mini Maker Faire and SparkFun Electronics is sponsoring the event. Today we’d like to invite you to join us! This is the official call to arms to all Colorado-area…

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Introducing the SIK Capstone Contest

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (or SIK) is one of our favorite teaching tools. Over the years, we’ve seen some amazing projects built using SIK parts that go beyond the circuits we’ve designed. This contest is aimed specifically at teachers/educators that use the SIK in their…

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SparkFun's Going to Amsterdam!

Conferences are a subculture unto themselves. Folks here at SparkFun have attended many conferences over the years in many capacities - as red-shirted guests, speakers, sponsors, all the way up to running huge soldering tents. This year SparkFun is hitting the road to a few places that we’ve…

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Tearing Down the Nest Protect

You probably know Nest Labs - the tech company focused on “reinventing unloved but important home products.” You’ve probably seen them in the news recently as they were just purchased by Google for $3.2 billion USD. Nest is best known for their smart WiFi-enabled thermostat.…

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New Product Friday: Flex Your Creative Muscle

Welcome back everyone! It’s another Friday and another Friday New Product Post. Today we have two videos again - one for new products and another Robotics 101 segment. First, let’s check out the product video, complete with a couple of demos! If you’ve ever wanted to make a simple…

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Quad Fever!

Quadcopter fever has blown through SparkFun. I’m not sure where it started, but suddenly, it seems like everybody is flying around a cheap little quadcopter. The most popular model around here is the Estes Proto-X, a mere snip at $35-45US. It’s small size makes it nice for goofing off…

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Your SparkFun January Caption Contest Is Here!

It’s time for the January edition of the SparkFun caption contest! The rules are as follows: Leave your best caption to the photo below in the comments section. The comments section is the only way to enter the contest. We will accept entries from the time this post goes live until January…

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2014 SparkFun Class Listings

It’s the start of a new year, which means a fresh slate of educational offerings here at SparkFun headquarters! Over the past year, the SparkFun educational team has been hard at work refining old classes and creating all kinds of new ones. Today we are excited to announce the official slate…

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Best SparkFun Videos of 2013

Over the past year, we’ve released somewhere in the neighborhood of 145 videos about all kinds of subjects, ranging from robotics to basics electronics theories. Odds are, you didn’t catch them all (maybe you did - in which case, nice work!) - so we’ve created a quick playlist with…

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ccbundy / 46 minutes ago 1

A robot is a device that performs a task w/o human oversight. That implies it may have input from sensors, but definitely has to have a…

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I was scrambling to get #10 done last night and I just simply ran out of time. It will be live soon on our [YouTube…

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Will there be any more robotics 101 videos?

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How do any of these cases cope with having shields/capes put on the board?

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0! but you do get disqualified, so there’s that. ;-)

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NightPhoenix / 10 hours ago 1

How many bonus points do we get for blowing up those barrels?

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Member #496520 / 11 hours ago 2

The Loveland CreatorSpace booth at the Denver Mini Maker Faire will have a 60x36 pixel WS2812 LED display that uses Fadecandy boards, server…

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RobertC. / 11 hours ago 1

maybe next year? I’d love to design the triathlon course :-) take off on a runway, fly to a way point, land, pass through a body of water,…

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goldfish408 / 11 hours ago 2

When are you going to add an amphibious course? All that water without any robots on it…

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T-minus one month until proof!

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