SparkFun Swag

We had a fantastic time at Maker Faire. It was a lot of work, and we are very tired, but it was wonderful to meet SparkFun fans and to catch up with old friends. We hope you got a chance to come by our booth and check out our Giant Nintendo Controller. If not, we've got the tutorial posted for all…

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Picture Frame Tetris

We string together 15 buttons pads, a bunch of ATmega8s, program in some rules to Tetris, and out comes a wall-sized interactive Tetris game. Picture Frame Tetris is another tutorial on why we like big blinky things. We’ve made the game of Tetris interactive with 720 LEDs, 16 microcontrollers,…

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Slick Robot Driving

We don’t often promote other commercial hardware sites but this is just too cool! Roaming around the internet I ran across this control platform for the Nintendo DS. It’s a bit hard to find through the main site, but Alexei has designed a really fun Robot driving interface. You can…

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Wallpaper and Maker Faire

What a difference a professional photographer makes! Thank you Anndrea for this great photo of the SFE Tetris Board. You can get the full 1920x1200 wallpaper photo here. Speaking of Tetris boards, SparkFun is going to be at Maker Faire again this year. Last year we brought the 12' GPS Wall clock.…

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So many new things

So many new things to post - my head hurts! We've started carrying the PICAXE line of microcontroller development tools. We find this innovative company to be creative in their approach to programming, along with some great supporting datasheets! If you're looking for a way to get started with…

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New SMD Parts

Hi again. We've got some new ICs, connectors, and a couple fancy dev boards from Olimex. This is the new alternative to MP3 decoding. The VS1000 is a super-slick IC from VLSI that decodes Ogg Vorbis encoded music files. It's open source so the price is cheaper! Way to go open source. The MLX90609-N2…

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The GR-10 is a new, itty bitty GPS receiver from ETek and Micro Modular Technologies. At 10x10mm, this is the smallest receiver we've ever seen, sneezed, and lost.  Now if only they could make GPS antennas that small... Some other goodies have arrived including a DB25 hood and DB25 connector.…

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XBee and New ARM Boards

It's not much, but you've got to get one! This is a simple metric to DIP breakout board the for XBee module from MaxStream. It converts the 2mm pitch XBee product to a 0.1" header that fits into breadboards. Olimex has delivered a batch of new ARM boards! STR750 Development Board STR712…

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Small Update

Here is a small 2mm socket used to connect to the popular XBee product from Maxstream. This will hopefully keep you from having to solder your radio to your customer PCB! Breakout to 0.1" headers coming soon. The Development Node for the nRF24L01 is finally posted! This node will let you play…

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Stock Shuffle

In an attempt to stream line order fulfillment, and cause serious heartburn for the packagers, we’ve migrated to a new SKU system and re-organized our stock. This will not disrupt any orders but it may increase our packaging time in the short-term to our advertised 24-48 hour pack time. Our…

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New Diggs

We’ve been with our logo for a long time. And as much as we hate to see it go, it’s time for a logo make-over. We should have things polished and ready for posting soon! Think t-shirts. Think bumper stickers. Think cutlery sets.

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Hot-air Rework Videos

The SMD soldering videos were popular enough we decided to create some hot-air rework videos as well! Here are a handful of videos that demonstrate what to expect when using hot-air to solder and rework SMD devices. Oh, and if you like destruction of PCBs, here’s what happens to a PCB when…

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It's fun to see engineers get giddy. The new 5Hz GPS receiver from ETek had them turned on their heads. The new EB-85A from ETek is a 5Hz update GPS receiver. Super sensitive, extremely configurable, this is the GPS unit we've been dreaming of. The baud rate is adjustable from 4800 to 115200bps, the…

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SiGe GPS Sampler

Filed under 'powerful little widgets', this device is the RF front end for a software configurable GPS receiver. Use this device to capture every blip and murmur from the GPS satellites and use MATLAB to crunch the data into usable position and telemetry data. Designed for high-end university…

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SFE Eagle Footprint Library

We decided to clean up our Eagle library and post the SFE Eagle Library for public use. This way you don’t have to re-invent the wheel when creating schematic parts and footprints for our various devices. We can’t guarantee your PCB will work if you use our library, but at least…

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SMD Tutorial Videos

We tried to take some video demonstrating how to use solder wick when SMD soldering. While our video production skills could use some work, we hope we get the point across. Unfortunately the MOV files where so large (50-90MB) we had to down-sample and host on YouTube. They’re still pretty…

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Fancy New Widgets

We've been dying to get these new toys posted! This is the USB to serial Nike+iPod adapter. This device allows you to connect a iPod receiver to your computer over USB. The user can then 'listen' for foot pod data and IDs. Very handy for creating an access controlled cat door. It's new. It's pricey.…

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Breath of Fresh Air

Our apologies for all the bumps on the road. We've successfully moved to our new happy server! The support forum is back! We are very sorry it was down so long. should now be back and ready to roll. A few new products to celebrate... A very simple breakout board for the LM4970. This I2C…

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We're back up!

After a server migration, we're back up and running again. Please let us know if you find anything broken on the website, not counting the forum.

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Site Outage

There will be a few hours of site outage tonight after 6PM MST. Our apologies during this time. We hope to resume activities no later than 9PM.

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> I’m not sure what advantage having my platform in a plastic bubble offers. Mostly it reduces its likelihood of getting smashed. That…

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Hey Nick… Just to FYI the users and hackers at sparkfun… if you are using devices that draw more then about a half of an amp I would…

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It would have been cool to route the wiring above the paneled ceiling.

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It’s like inventing a bubble snap-case for the latest new design of Lego brick… with holes in the top to accommodate connections with…

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I would love to see a wider array of generic, easy to mod cases - for those of us who just can’t seem to paint inside the lines. Or how…

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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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Member #437455 / 3 days ago 1

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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