One Week From Today - Cyber Monday

One week from today (December 2, 2013) is Cyber Monday - the day when internet retailers all over the…uh, internet…offer sales/discounts/specials. Well, SparkFun is an internet retailer and we want to join in on the fun! So here is our multi-faceted plan… From 12:00:01 a.m. MT…

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New Product Friday: Don't Tweeze Me Bro!

Prepare yourself, we have a lot of new products this week! Tools, cables, sensors; there should be a little something for everyone. Just a side note, I’ve tested the HDMI to VGA adapter on my Kindle Fire and it worked like a charm. So, if you have a tablet that you want to use on something…

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Enginursday: Time-lapse with the Raspberry Pi

If you missed the most recent installment of Engineering Round Table, I showed off my latest creation: my Aquaponics system. As you can imagine, designing and creating the system itself was a fun, albeit time-consuming, project. However, building it was just the beginning. Now that my system has…

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Some MariaDB -> PostgreSQL Notes

After we migrated to PostgreSQL last week, some commenters asked for more detail about technical rationale. I said I’d write something up, and since at this writing I’m sitting in a hotel room in Florida with nothing to do until tomorrow’s (Monday’s) MAVEN launch window…

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SparkFun 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like many of us here at SparkFun, holiday gift shopping is something you put off until the very last minute. Not this year though - this year, you are motivated and ready to go. But what to buy? Worry not - we’ve got the definitive gift guide for that geek on your list. So…

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Announcing AVC 2014!

If you’ve been immersed in your latest DIY project for the last couple weeks, you may have not noticed that the weather is officially starting to change and winter is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a winter project, now is the perfect time to start working on your vehicle…

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New Product Friday: Jurassic Spark

It’s Friday, and we’re back with another round of new products for you. We have a wide selection of new stuff, so sit back and enjoy. The ELastoLite product line is made of a lot of little parts. To better understand how they all work and how to connect everything together, check out the…

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The Common Methods of Hardware Hacking

The word “hacking” as it pertains to hardware is often misused. In the commonly accepted definition, “hardware hacking” means modifying a piece of existing electronics to use it in a way that it was not necessarily intended. Even that definition is vague, as it can refer to…

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Jeff Branson at Engadget Expand

Early this week, our Educational Outreach Coordinator Jeff Branson sat on a panel called “Rethinking Education” at the Engadget Expand event in New York City. The panelists - including One Laptop Per Child creator Rodrigo Arboleda - discussed the importance of integrating computer…

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On Breaking Things... Again

Back in August we pushed out a big change to the entire stack. All the good stuff was happening under the hood and by all rights it should have been one of those “transparent” changes - nobody outside of our own dev group would know or care what changed and everything would…

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Nick Poole on

A couple months back, our resident Creative Technologist and compulsive maker-of-stuff Nick Poole applied to be Adam Savage’s #2 guy as part of’s Inventern competition, which would fly the winner out to San Francisco for a week to work as Adam’s workshop assistant.…

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New Product Friday: Food for Thought

Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday New Product Post from SparkFun Electronics! Not only do we have a ridiculous product demonstration this week, but we’ve also got a new website feature to talk about. Let’s start with the product video. I’m just going to say one thing.…

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Enginursday: I <3 Python!

Python is amazing. For those who don’t already know, Python is a cross-platform high-level scripting language. It’s designed from the ground up to be extremely easy to use, with a “batteries included” philosophy – almost everything you need to do almost anything is…

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Caption Contest Winner!

Whoa hey! Remember that one time we did a caption contest 10 days ago? You may have been thinking, “Self, I think SparkFun plumb forgot to announce the winner.” Well, you’re WRONG. It just took us this long to narrow it down. But narrow it down we have, and the Oscar for Best…

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Q&A with Aaron Horowitz of Sproutel

A few weeks ago we were lucky to host Aaron Horowitz at SparkFun headquarters for a Lunch & Learn about his inspiring project Jerry the Bear, as well as his company Sproutel, which will create and offer interactive games to help children with chronic illnesses manage their own care. Aaron is a…

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According to Pete: Transistor Biasing Configurations

It’s November, and time for another installment of According to Pete, where everyone’s favorite mustachioed engineer talks us through whatever concepts are on his mind. This month, Pete has transistor biasing configurations on the brain, and covers two of the three major configurations -…

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Engineering Roundtable - Aquaponics

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Masterpiece Theater Engineering Roundtable. This time around, SparkFun engineer Joel walks us through the steps to make a nifty handheld pH sensor, which he uses to regulate his home aquaponics system. The schematic and code for the H2O pH Probe can be found…

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New Product Friday: Classy Chassis

Hello everyone! Happy (belated) Halloween! Does the mere mention of the words ‘candy corn’ or ‘fun size’ make your stomach churn? If so, you probably had a good time last night. Although we all had our fill of candy (mostly), the week’s just not complete without a…

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Free Shipping!

No one loves treats more than us, so on this - our favorite holiday - we’d like to announce one for you: SparkFun now offers free economy shipping worldwide on orders $60 and up! If you’ve been with us for a while you know that we’ve offered short-term deals on shipping in the past…

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Enginesday: Last-Minute Halloween

It’s the day before Halloween, and we’ve moved up our weekly Enginursday post to give you time for some final pre-treat tricks. If you’re like me, you haven’t started getting ready for the occasion. While you don’t have time for anything extravagant like a multicopter…

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kirby g / 5 hours ago 1

What model quadcopter is used in the video. Looks fairly durable for learning.

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Emcee Grady / 5 hours ago 2

It would probably read “One drone was extremely hurt in this video. RIP.”

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Wylly / 8 hours ago 1

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

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Blacklab1 / 8 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 / 11 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 / 16 hours ago 2

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

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cypher543 / 16 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. / 16 hours ago 1

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

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