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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Hackers-in-Residence: Sophi Kravitz & Shane Clements

As you may remember, in August we launched the trial run of our Hacker-in-Residence program. We had a great time hosting hacker super-couple Tara Tiger Brown and Sean Bonner for two weeks as they built their tethered quadcopter, and we considered the test run enough of a success that we’re…

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October Caption Contest

You probably thought we forgot! As October draws to a close and November looms large, it’s time for this month’s caption contest. The rules are as follows: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate.…

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New Product Friday: Sticky Situation

This week we have a few cool new products. If you want your mind blown, be sure to check out the video. The Z-Axis tape is pretty rad. But you should always watch every video. Seriously. Aside from the fact the chip needs a little pressure, I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to use tape to…

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Enginursday: The RedBot/MathWorks Collaboration

As Jim mentioned on the last Enginursday, visually programming is a great way to get started with Arduino and other platforms, especially if you are relatively new to coding. We have been working with the awesome folks over at MathWorks on implementing visual programming for the RedBot, to…

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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 / 8 hours ago 1

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

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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. / 9 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 / 9 hours ago 2

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

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Mr. Cruz / 10 hours ago 1

T-minus one month until proof!

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Thanks for the preview. My aerial vehicle is under constuction and I’ll be going for the balloons. Having the link to the balloons on amazon…

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