ElectriCute: LED String Lights & You

Ever wondered how to incorporate embedded electronics into your textile projects, or why you should give products like the LilyPad line a shot? Our newest video series - ElectriCute (puns!) - covers the ins and outs of some of our favorite e-textiles products and how you can use them, with the help…

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LED Robot Halloween Costume

Last fall we caught wind of graphic designer, mom and e-textiles enthusiast Stephanie Segall’s quiet book projects. She took the time to tell us about the projects and tutorials on her site, Imagine Our Life, and a few weeks ago when we saw the amazing finished product for the World’s…

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Fritzler Farms Haunted Hotel

Last week, a small contingent of SparkFunions headed out to Fritzler Farms in LaSalle, Colorado. Since 2000, Fritzler Farms has been in the business of Halloween entertainment, with a haunted hotel, an awesome corn maze and a handful of other Halloween-ish activities (like the zombie hunt where you…

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New Product Friday: OLED Dog, New Tricks

Welcome back! We have a couple new products this week, as well as a demo that should have happened last week. Check it out! Last week LightManCA mentioned he’d like to see a demo of the RGB LED strips. Who am I to say no? That being said, if there’s ANYTHING on our site you’d like…

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Enginursday: Visually Programming Arduino

I got my first taste of programming with RCX Code and an old Mindstorms RCX 1.0, so maybe it’s nostalgia speaking, but I really admire visual programming languages for their ability to introduce younger folks to programming. With color coded operators, geometrically shaped data types, and no…

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Where did all that rain come from?!

You may remember SparkFun was closed on September 12th and 13th due to rain and flooding events in Boulder, Co. This was the first ever “rain day” for SparkFun that applied under our snow day rules. It was a crazy time for a lot of people and there was just too much water for most people…

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Ada Lovelace Day at SparkFun

The gender gap in STEM industries has been well documented. A 2011 survey by the Department of Commerce found that although women fill close to half of US jobs, they hold less than 25 percent of jobs in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM - or STEAM, if art is included, which it increasingly…

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Why You Should De-Rate Capacitors

Capacitors Galore Capacitors are one of the most common elements found in electronics, and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and values. There are also many different methods to manufacture a capacitor. As a result, capacitors have a wide array of properties that make some capacitor types…

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Promoting Science When the Government Can't

Update: At long last, the shutdown ended in the wee hours of today, Thursday, October 17! This means any furlough emails received after 12:00 a.m. today will no longer be eligible for the giveaway. We’re as relieved as you are that things can hopefully go back to normal, and we hope you enjoy…

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New Product Friday: Strip Mall

Welcome to another Friday New Product Post. We have some lights, a couple new tools, and the feedback-inspired revision of the Cerberus cable. Sometimes when we design a product, we don’t realize that people will be using it differently than we had planned. Such was the case with the original…

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Enginursday - RFID technology

Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) is technology that allows machines to identify an object without touching it, even without a clear line of sight. Furthermore, this technology can be used to identify several objects simultaneously. RFID can be found everywhere these days - anything from your…

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Weather Ballooning in the White Mountains

I just returned from three weeks on the road, the latter two of which I was helping out on the Northeast leg of the SparkFun National Tour! On tour I lived with Jeff and Dav out of the awesome 29-foot RV and taught workshops in a handful of states to a bunch of different folks ranging from…

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Manufacturing Day 2013

Last Friday (October 4) was Manufacturing Day. What is Manufacturing Day, you ask? It’s a day devoted to addressing common misperceptions about manufacturing, by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it…

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According to Pete - PCB Layout Part II

In the last edition of “According to Pete,” our Director of Engineering Pete Dokter talked about his favorite tips and tricks for PCB design and layout. Many of you chimed in with your own helpful comments - if you haven’t checked out that post, it’s worth a read. In…

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New Product Friday: Tilt-A-Whirl

Welcome to another Friday New Product Post. We’ve got a few products to talk about this week. We decided to take a revision of an older product and give it a proper demo, so check out the video if you want to see how the tilt-a-whirl works. There are numerous sensors you can use to detect…

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Enginursday: All Aboard for The Final Frontier

Way back in August (man, we’re busy around here!) “According to” Pete Dokter, Jeff Branson and I took a road trip from SparkFun HQ in Boulder, Colorado, to the lovely town of Logan, Utah, for the 27th annual AIAA Small Satellite Conference. Why small satellites? Putting stuff into…

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NoCo Maker Faire - Your Final Reminder

This is our last reminder that this Saturday, October 5th, is the Northern Colorado Mini Maker Faire in Loveland, Colo.! SparkFun will be in attendance reppin' the DIY community - and we want you to join us! We are going to be running our (in)famous soldering workshops, teaching folks the basic…

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September Caption Contest Winner

Last week, we ran our monthly caption contest - and as promised, today we are announcing the winner. Here it is, in all its glory: He was told that he would stand out more if he surrounded himself with birdbrains. In a way, it was true. Congrats to our big winner, Sparkfun customer James Matthew. An…

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Introducing the video browser for videos

Everybody needs to take a YouTube break every once and a while. It’s like the sunny patch on the kitchen floor of the internet. It’s not always clean, most of the time there’s a cat there and this really isn’t the best analogy. Anyway. As much as we all love YouTube, no one really wants to…

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New Product Friday: Fly by Wire

Planes, magical wire, and plenty of revisions. That’s what’s in store for this week at SparkFun. Check out the video, check out those words I wrote, and enjoy. The muscle wire really does look pretty cool when you play with it. I couldn’t readily think of a use for it, but…

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