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We love Precisionweb. The server migration went off without so much as a sniffle. Last month SFE hit a record 130gig of data downloads. That's what we get for hosting so many pictures and datasheets! We are now happily housed on our very own BlueQuartz rack server with 2gig RAM, ~300gig of HD, and…

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Site down for maintenance

The Spark Fun Electronics store front will be down for scheduled maintenance tonight from 11PM MST until 2AM MST. We apologize for any problems or delays.

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Oh boy. Oh boy.

Get ready It's SFE Simon! All the lights and annoying sounds of the original! That's the Copernicus GPS receiver from Trimble on top of a quarter. It needs power and an antenna, but that GPS Cat Collar is getting closer! Datalogging with serial commands. This DOSonCHIP SD module takes care of all…

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Party in a Box

The Telit modules and the Arduino boards arrived on the same hump day! The GM862-Quad and GM862-Quad-PYT are both now back in stock. But the really exciting news is that the GM862-GPS is finally here! This one module has the ability to capture GPS data and then send that data to over the cellular…

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How To!

We've been meaning to write a tutorial on how we solder surface mount components for about two years now. Sorry, we got busy building stuff. The tutorial is finally done! Checkout this 6 page tutorial on all things SMD!

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Nothing too earth shattering to post today. Then again, we have started hacking our Chumby... The Arduino Protoshield is the first of a few pancake type expansion boards for the Arduino series. Simple but effective breakout board for the HMC6352 all-in-one compass sensor.

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Phone in NYT

It’s been a fun couple days as the Rotary Phone surfaced in the news again. This time making Business Week, Digg, a buried link on Slash Dot, and we made the New York Times(link to article image). Time to call Mom… Nathan is traveling to Foo Camp this weekend, August 25-27, in…

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Bits

Some new small bits to add to the website! The new HMC6352 all in one compass solution. Very nice job Honeywell! The new cameras for the GM862 cellular modules are here! Don't worry - the shipment of GM862 modules should be here within the week! Speaking of cameras - the E700 camera breakout board…

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Small Solar Friendly

The small solar cells showed up today! Small solar cell with 4.5V/100mA output! Itty bitty Tri-color SMD LEDs now available. New buad-rate friendly 14.7456MHz SMD Oscillator for use with Phillips LPC ARM processors. A few GM862-Python modules are on the Dent Ding category.

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Solar Friendly

Jason Wright is doing some fun graphics projects using a Color LCD, PIC, and triple-axis accelerometer. Checkout the 3D object control! http://www.pyrofersprojects.com/3dcube.php New solar cells are here! The large units are in stock with smaller units to arrive shortly. 9V 280mA output! Track ball…

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Rubber Business

The button pads are here! Now all we need is a huge PCB to play the worlds largest game of life. A new beefy ARM programmer is here. Based on opensource code and hardware, the ARM-USB-OCD will support many new ICs. It's nearly an MP3 player in 1! All you need is a controller for your custom designed…

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Drones

Who needs a UAV controller? Why, you do of course! A brain child of William Premerlani, this simple to use IMU + GPS control board will have you developing control code quickly and easier that you ever expected.

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Remote LED Matrix

Owen Osborn has written a Ethernet-LED-Matrix tutorial for all you folks that want to not-just play with a device, but play with a device remotely over the internet. He shows how to use an LPC ethernet dev board and a Java program to remotely control a tri-color LED matrix. What exactly does this…

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Camera Winner!

David Carne of British Columbia, Canada has taken the prize for the CMOS Camera contest. Congrats to David for taking the first image using this tiny camera! Your interface engineering skills have us fantastically impressed. Thanks to everyone who helped out with information and recommendations. We…

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Jackpot

All this great new stuff just showed up today! New varieties of characters LCDs - now more colors! New EM406 USB Eval Board New ET301 USB Eval Board We now stock the USB to FIFO IC from FTDI - the FT245RL New larger guage screw terminals. The new lead-free soldering irons have arrived! Checkout…

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More New News

There are some new dev boards available, but the big news is only $1.95. The 11-pin connectors for the trackball have arrived! Now we can actually create the trackball breakout board! Olimex is coming out with some cool new boards. This MSP LCD board strutting the MSPF169 has a 84x48 pixel LCD, a…

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Zigbee Sort Of

As much as I dislike adhering to a fad, we now have 802.15.4 compliant wireless modules. Remember, there's nothing magical about 802.15.4 (or the mesh protocol nick-named Zigbee). It's just an RF stack. But once we saw the specs for the JN5121 (low-power, 32-bit, 21 GPIO + 4 ADCs + 2 DACs!) we just…

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Holiday Goodies

A few new items for this Friday before the holiday weekend! Just an FYI - we'll be working a half-day Monday and closed on Tuesday. Enjoy the fireworks! New HMC1052L Eval Board Have you heard about the USB Bit Wacker? It's a small PIC dev board that can be bootloaded and then shows up as an RS232…

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Staff Photo

So we’ve just returned from Sketching in Hardware - man was that good! Thanks Mike, Judith, and Liz! It’s great to meet the big brains in Phyiscal Computing. This world of embedded electronics is quickly becoming easier to enter into, thanks to the help of many good instructors and…

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New Modules

Checkout what the latest SFE creations! The RGB Matrix Controller is a small backpack that attaches to an Red/Green/Blue LED matrix and allows control over simple serial SPI communication. This allieviates the end user from having to do the individual LED scanning and refreshing. 7 different colors…

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Wylly / 2 hours ago 1

“No drones were harmed during the filming of this ad”

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Blacklab1 / 3 hours ago 1

You might want to share this idea with Consumer reports on packaging testing. I don’t know if they thought of dropping packaging from an AVC…

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NPoole / 6 hours ago 1

I’m afraid it’s rather more like NASCAR giving 5 teams a brand new engine a week before the race while everyone else got to go pick their…

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lcox / 11 hours ago 1

Definitely gives new meaning to the phrase “drop shipping”.

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cypher543 / 11 hours ago 1

But no one even knows what the 3DR Rover platform can do (at least, I can’t find any mention of it on Google). It could be beyond what…

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MattM. / 11 hours ago 1

You guys forgot a disclaimer “No drones were hurt in the making of this video.”

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froghero1 / 11 hours ago 2

I think a package delivery challenge should be created, I’d be rather interested in watching that drones try to complete that

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