Exploring sleep modes in two WiFi-connected development boards: the ESP8266 Thing and the Photon.
Embedded Micro's new IDE and the Lucid language.
Ever wonder how the Arduino IDE translates your code into instructions for the processor?
A brief overview of the numerous internet-enabled devices I've used to monitor my aquaponic systems.
Exploring a simple von Neumann architecture computer
The Internet of Things is a notion of a new age of internet connected devices. It stands to be a great time in technological advancement. You, as our customer, are in a position to get into it from the beginning.
Interested in hacking Hexbugs? Check out this in-depth interview jam-packed with tips and advice from Bob Martin! Bob is the Senior Applications Manager, Central Applications Group of Atmel Inc.
An update on your friendly neighborhood Open Source Hardware Association.
The release of Arduino 1.6 has really improved my Arduino-programming life thanks to custom platform support, command line utilities and line numbers!
Thoughts and ramblings about numbers, plus an interesting discovery.
Nearly a year ago I made a terrible mistake. I bought a jet engine.
Radio Shack is finally declaring bankruptcy, but for many of us, it died a long, long time ago
In this week's Enginursday, Joel shows off his aquatic turtle habitat, complete with an above-tank basking area, automated lighting, and an aquaponic feeding system.
The word "hacker" is often abused in the DIY community. In this post we talk about traditional grey-hat hacking in relation to hardware and DIY electronics.
My experience at CES 2015 and my thoughts on attending.
Gathering ideas from developers and hackers, and sharing a few of our own!
Examining the inner workings of an electric chord organ.
Sewing- not just for clothes anymore! (Or ever, really.)
Examining one of the categories that occupies significant space on my workbench: wire strippers.
As the new Orion capsule takes flight, NASA is working to better understand what we did almost 40 years ago with the moon landings. Why have we not ventured beyond the Van Allen belt?
I share my designs for my new electronics workbench and go over some of the design decisions for it. I also cover what makes triangles more stable than squares.
Learn how data.sparkfun.com can help you not just collect data, but also use that data to make hypothesizes, see trends, and make adjustments to a variety of systems.
Good ways to find unique and affordable enclosures for your projects.
A quick overview of the neat stuff seen at the 2014 Open Hardware Summit.
Drive the Moog Werkstatt-01 with the SparkPunk sequencer, and starting in on a MIDI-to-CV converter.
How will you be developing code for the Edison? Here are a few methods we're exploring!
To compare the Edison and the Raspberry Pi is to do a disservice to both.
Sweeping legal changes are afoot that could change the hobbyist airspace for years to come. Your input can make a difference.
Our design philosophy behind the Edison blocks, and how you can help evolve the ecosystem!
Overview of the related M2X Learn tutorial, which walks users through the process of connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X service.
In which I buy a cheap truck, planning on using my hacking skills to keep it going, and the universe calls my bluff
SparkFun's first attempt at creating an inexpensive, accessible, DIY assistive technology mouse.
In this week's Enginursday post, Joel discusses how he went about making a control box for a large scale interactive EL wire art installation.
We really want to do a fun and amazing project here in Engineering and want to know your thoughts.
How and why I use markdown everyday, for all of my documenting needs.
CubeSats will soon be traveling beyond LEO, and are available in a new compact size. We check in with the people pushing the limits.
The necessary dangers of electricity, and whether they're worth it.
From April to September, it's hard not to find a robotics competition or event. Here are a few I got to see this year.
In this three-part video series, I show users how to setup their Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, connect a humidity and temperature sensor, and Tweet the results on a regular basis using Python.
Learn how to make an amazingly entertaining laser show small enough to fit inside of a lunchbox.
When in New York, I found a small group of hackers in as surprising place
A summary of an awesome homemade robot built by SparkFun customers
We're really excited about the MicroView -- a new Arduino compatible board with an integrated display! Check out why...
On April 5th, teams from around Colorado will try out their miniature Mars rovers in the Great Sand Dunes.
A bizarre and thought-provoking project from the students of Parsons Flesh and Chrome Wearable Technology group.
Exploring circuit simulation using SPICE.
I have found some crazy things on eBay, but when I saw a jet engine I had to at least make a bid. Lucky/unfortunately, I won.
Designs for a custom, DIY electronics workbench, and some lessons I learned in the process.