Our creative technologist entered Adam Savage's Inventern contest, and got featured on Tested.com!
A look back at what went wrong, why and how we fixed our issues with data.sparkfun.com
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.
Today, some new robotics parts and a pretty light-up flower. Yes, you read that right!
Connect your Arduino Ethernet to the Pachube API to display and log data on the web.
Check out this article from OpenSource.com
Check out this interview with Jason Hibbets from opensource.com.
A brief look at what happens when we offer Dumpster Dive boxes and why this slowed SparkFun.com to a crawl.
It's probably time for us to clearly outline what to expect when it comes to using data.sparkfun.com
A look back on where I learned to RTFM and an interesting article on the subject from opensource.com
Check out what we've been doing in the tutorials section of learn.sparkfun.com.
The devs switch underlying databases for SparkFun.com and somehow, miraculously, the sky stays put firmly up above.
A whole new version of sparkfun.com is released! Wish lists! Other stuff! New server hardware! Plus a visualization of the development of the entire code base up to this point.
Have you seen the latest edition of <a href="http://www.nutsvolts.com/">Nuts and Volts</a>?
HacKidemia is a global organization that runs hands-on STEM workshops for kids in more than 25 countries around the world with 8000 children and 400 mentors. They were asked to bring the project to Africa and launched an indiegogo campaign two months ago: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afrimakers. The main intention is to enable African makers -- kids in particular -- to use making and prototyping for solving local challenges like access to clean water, energy and information. SparkFun has donated the materials for 7 maker boxes - enough to support the initial campaign goal to equip each of the 7 hubs with a set of Arduino's, sensors, books, and tools.
<a href="http://www.kidrobot.com/products2.cfm?ID=4528&cfid=4320536&cftoken=91108670&nav_chooser=&dept=TOYS&typ=KIDROBOT">Munny </a>and <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=Sinister7">Sinister7</a> combine forces. Checkout this gruesome <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=Sinister7">toy hack</a> using the Sinister7.
We've updated our <a href="http://www.opencircuits.com/SFE_Footprint_Library_Eagle">Eagle Footprint Library</a> on the Open Circuits website (we love that place!)
We're very fortunate to be a <a href="http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2008/sponsors/">sponsor</a> at Maker Faire this year in San Mateo, May 3-4. Show us what you're building!
We run several SBCs through their paces and compare their performances.
Tom Becker was nice enough to email us and comment on our <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=GPSClock-1">12ft. GPS wall clock</a>. Then he put us to shame...
It's not quite small enough to track your cat, but the <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8289">Uber Tracker</a> is a beast of a product.
The <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8601">SparkFun project case</a> is an enclosure as you would expect, with the addition of a series of small raised dots on the bottom half of the enclosure.
The <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8635">electret mics</a> we sell work great, but often need some amplification to be able to hook an analog audio signal to a micro.
When we got the new magnetic stripe <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8633">readers</a> and <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8634">writers</a>, we didn't really expect to see them work so easily!
After a fair amount of work, we have completed what we hope to be an educational kit and supporting printed materials to go along with the <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=BEE-7-SMDSoldering">SMD Soldering</a> lecture.
This week, with the help of <a href="http://www.google.com/analytics/">Google Analytics</a>, we see that SparkFun is getting hits from all over the world, including 1 hit from Malawi in south west Africa. Hello to our new friends in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi">Malawi</a>!
Check out this project from Creative Technologist Nick Poole using the pcDuino Camera Module.
Another week, another round of new products. This week is also special, since it's the official release of the RedBoard.
This is a big week. We've got a great video and a bunch of new products. Come check them out.
Rob Walker, author from Fast Company, did a great feature on the past, present and future of SparkFun Electronics.
We use 0603 SMD packages but the electronics world uses much smaller sized components.
Wherein I take a break from pushing pixels around to wire my biker scout trooper helmet for sound.
Exploring a simple von Neumann architecture computer
Help OSHWA build a larger understanding of open source!
Everything you need to design for manufacture, all in one place.
Check out what's new for everyone's favorite autonomous vehicle competition.
Our very own Derek wrote a book! While we wait for the June publishing date, we asked him how it went.
We give you stuff. You give us stuff. Everyone wins!
A quick hardware teardown on some key-chain games.