According to Pete: Current Mirrors

It’s time again for your prescribed monthly dose of According to Pete (Dokter’s orders - tssssss), and this time around, Pete is discussing and demystifying current mirrors! Current mirrors are used to regulate the current of one component or circuit with the current of another, and Pete…

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Hacker-in-Residence: BeagleBone Shields

Josh Datko is SparkFun’s newest hacker-in-residence. We’re very excited to have him here for two weeks, where he’ll be working on building a shield for the BeagleBone Black to add security to your projects! Without further ado, here he is: Josh’s favorite movie is…

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SparkFun Live - The Party Button - Is Today!

Today is the day for another edition of SparkFun Live! You can find the live video at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time here. In today’s episode SparkFun Engineer Shawn Hymel will guide you through building his “party button.” You can learn more about his project in this preview video: If…

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New Product Friday: Gearing up for the New Year

Hello everyone and welcome to 2014! It’s a bit too soon to tell, but it seems like it’s going to be a great year filled with new products, videos, and an occasional pun. I apologize for skipping the Robotics 101 video this week, but many people are on vacation (myself included) during…

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Enginursday: Bling in the new year!

Another year gone, and if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking hard about what you want from the next one! For me, that means reflecting on the parts of 2013 that meant the most to me, and how I’m going to bring more of that energy into the new year. In 2013, I spent a lot of…

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Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe, but another year has come to an end. 2013 was a great year at SparkFun, and we’re endlessly grateful, as always, to have another 365 days of this amazing community’s support behind us. Once we got past the shock of discovering the blank cardboard at the end of…

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Reminder: SparkFun Live! - The Party Button

This your final reminder! On Monday, January 6th at 5 p.m. (MT), we will be hosting our second episode of SparkFun Live! In this episode, follow along with SparkFun Engineer Shawn Hymel as he builds a “party button.” If you’d like to build your own, we’ve put together a…

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Innovating in Quality Control

Here at SparkFun, we have long prided ourselves on implementing uncommon solutions to common problems. Our hotplate reflow skillet method is one (in)famous example. Another is our pogo bed test jigs that we use to test every one of our designs. An array of pogo test jigs. Which brings us to…

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New Product Friday: Design-O-Mite!

Hello everyone! I don’t want to bum you out, but this will be the last New Product Post of the year, so enjoy it. But don’t worry, we’ll still have tons of new products for 2014. But for now, here’s your last batch of the year. Be sure to check out the tutorials for the…

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Enginursday: The Littlest Hackers

When I was a wee lad, back in the late Cretaceous, you could pretty much count on my Christmas presents not staying intact for more than a day or two. I loved presents that let you make things, like Tinkertoys, Legos, and art supplies. And I tried my best (and probably failed miserably) to grin…

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December Caption Contest winner!

Welcome back, we hope your holidays were high in both merritude and brightness! You guys remember long ago last week when we posted a caption contest? Well the votes are in and Christmas isn’t over for one of you, so let’s all raise a paper cup of leftover, room temperature holiday party…

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Teardown: Nest Protect

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope everyone has a great holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, or nothing at all. You may remember back is 2011 when Nate busted open a Nest thermostat to have a look at its inside bits. We liked what we saw! So much so, in fact, that we…

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ElectriCute - Holiday Edition

Today, we have a special holiday edition of ElectriCute - our e-textiles specific video series starring our own wearables guru Dia Campbell. In today’s episode, Dia, Nick Poole and Baby Jenna create a “Krampus Stocking.” It’s a bit dark, but a pretty cool project. Check it…

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Prepare for Episode 2 of "SparkFun Live"

We received a great response to our last “SparkFun Live” video episode - so we’re doing it again! This time around, SparkFun Engineer Shawn Hymel will guide you through building a party button. What’s a party button, you ask? Check the video: The event will take place at 5…

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New Product Friday: Actobotics!

This week is a very special one for new products. Not only do we have more new products than ever before, but we also have a new video series as well. This week we are happy to introduce the Actobotics line of robotic components. We have a record-breaking 438 new products this week! Check out the…

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Enginursday - Stupid Eagle Tricks

As an engineer at SparkFun, it’s a given that I’ll be using CadSoft Eagle on a regular basis. When I started here in September, I considered myself proficient, having designed a number of PCBs over the years. But I’ve also come to better terms with Eagle, learned more of its inner…

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Christmas Candy Giveaway - While Supplies Last!

UPDATE: as of 7:30PM MST all 770 free Christmas Candy Pro Minis have been claimed! Thank you for participating and we hope to do more giveaways like this in the future! Welcome folks - it’s time for the Limited Edition Christmas Candy Arduino Pro Mini giveaway! The details are simple - on…

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December Caption Contest

Well, somehow 2013 is drawing to a close, which means only one thing: If one of your resolutions for the year was to win a SparkFun Caption Contest, this is your last chance before a lifetime of looking in the mirror every day and thinking, “Why, self…why?” But don’t…

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Engineering Roundtable - DIY Heated Seats

Usually for our Engineering Roundtable video series, we enlist one of our industrious engineers to build a project on camera and describe their process for you. Fortunately, there are many people at SparkFun with a lot of craaaazy ideas, so every now and then we give the engineers a break and let…

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New Product Friday: Etch-a-Sketch

Welcome back everyone! This week I get to play games on RGB LED panels and stream music wirelessly from an iPhone. I sorta love my job sometimes. We’ve got some cool stuff this week, so check it out. The RGB LED panels are pretty cool and can be VERY bright with all the lights on. There are a…

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I wonder what the noise is like of this? 72 LEDs each driven by PWM. That can’t be good for other equipment.

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