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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Enginursday: The Spark Arts

Here at SparkFun, we’re getting geared up to decorate for Christmas! Oh, wait. Sorry, that’s Target. Sometimes all of that red confuses me! WE are actually getting ready for Halloween, because that is the next holiday, and we are rational human beings. There’s one month left, which…

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NoCo Mini Maker Faire Reminder

Next Saturday, October 5th, is the Northern Colorado (NoCo) Mini Maker Faire in Loveland, CO. If you have never been to a Maker Faire, it’s a great opportunity to see tons of cool projects, meet a bunch of interesting people, and have an all-around great time. The faire takes place at the…

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September Caption Contest

We’ve only got a week left in September (seriously!?) which means it’s time for a caption contest! The rules are the same as always, but here’s a refresher: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem…

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Donation Day - Support Flood Relief Efforts

As you more than likely know, Colorado was hit hard by some intense flooding about a week and a half ago. The final toll is still being calculated, but several lives were lost and many, many millions of dollars in damage occurred. Around 2,000 homes were either completely lost or severely damaged…

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New Product Friday: Big Motor Clip Time

As you are more than likely aware, this past week, many areas of Colorado were absolutely devastated by flooding. In some areas, nearly 20 inches of rain fell in just a couple days. The damage is significant and it’s going to take years to fully recover. SparkFun wants to help. So on Monday,…

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Enginursday: Keep Calm and Solder On!

If you know SparkFun, then you probably know that we are all about soldering. Whether it’s selling kits that teach you how to solder, teaching soldering classes, or hosting soldering competitions, we love anything and everything that involves soldering. We love it so much that we believe…

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The Tethered Quad Tutorial

A few months back, Director of Education Lindsay Levkoff came up with the idea for SparkFun to create a “hacker-in-residence” program. We’d invite one (or two) of the amazingly smart and motivated people we’ve met over the years to spend a week or two at SparkFun building…

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Midwest Tour and Win a Free RedBoard!

As you most likely know, SparkFun has been traveling around the U.S. doing all sorts of workshops. The most recent leg of the tour found our team doing everything from Scratch and Pico at a bunch of libraries to professional development at the Thomas Metcalf Laboratory at Illinois State University.…

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TEDx Boulder 2013

Each year, Boulder hosts its own incarnation of the TED conferences called TEDx Boulder, featuring visionaries from across the state who come to share their insights on technology, entertainment and design based on a changing theme. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission - “ideas worth…

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New Product Friday: Shield Your Eyes

Hello everyone! Even though we had some pretty intense flooding yesterday, we’ve got some new products to talk about. The VPN is flakey, the lights are flickering, but we’re doing our best to bring you new cool stuff. For anyone wanting to see what the OpenSegment shields look like lit…

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Enginursday - On Self Taught Electronics

More and more these days, I am meeting people who have built complex, impressive, and clever electronic projects, and, when I ask, I’m surprised to find out that they have no formal engineering or technical education. Now, I’m not surprised because I don’t believe that electronics…

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Back to "The Future!"

A few weeks ago I wrote about the concept of The Future and what has changed about it since the days when we dreamed of flying cars and food pills. I probably spend too much time thinking about it… so I wanted to know what everyone else thought. Turns out, I’m not the only one…

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Engineering Roundtable - Burning Man Edition

On this edition of Engineering Roundtable, Chris Taylor shows us the steps he took to set up a solar power supply to run his LED weather balloon project at this year’s Burning Man festival. He covers the five major parts of any solar power system and explains how to choose a battery and solar…

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Hello, Harto!

Let’s have a short, frank talk about the lunches we’re eating at work. Hot pockets? Are you serious? In January of this year, right when we were resolving to kick the bagel bites and give Lean Cuisine one last chance, we had the good luck to encounter the Hello Harto Indiegogo campaign.…

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New Product Friday: A Generous Helping of New Products

This week we’ve got a little bit of everything. A new SparkFun tool, a couple of revisions, and a new board. Be sure to check out the video this week, it’s full of cringe. I challenge you to use a traditional third hand to eat tacos. I’m not saying this makes ours vastly superior,…

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Enginursday - Three Childhood Mysteries Electrical Engineering Solved for Me

When I was a kid I was (in retrospect, unsurprisingly) a “why/how” kid. That’s not uncommon; what is uncommon is how long it lasted. I’ll let you know when I grow out of it. Throughout my childhood, there were a number of questions that I posed which, frankly, none of the…

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Member #339758 / 6 hours ago 1

Oh man…. That video for the iPhone 5c from jony ive was hilarious. This video reminded me of it as well. :)

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kirby g / 20 hours ago 1

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

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Emcee Grady / 21 hours ago 2

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

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Wylly / 23 hours ago 1

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

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Blacklab1 / 24 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 / 1 day 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 / 1 day ago 2

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

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cypher543 / 1 day 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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