LiPo USB Charger Hookup Guide
How to charge your LiPo batteries with the USB LiPo charger. Plus how to modify your charger to set the charge current.
An overview of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.
Connectors are a major source of confusion for people just beginning electronics. The number of different options, terms, and names of connectors can make selecting one, or finding the one you need, daunting. This article will help you get a jump on the world of connectors.
A tutorial on electronics' most overlooked and underappreciated component: the switch! Here we explain the difference between momentary and maintained switches and what all those acronyms (NO, NC, SPDT, SPST, ...) stand for.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is an engineering marvel that we all have access to for a relatively low cost and no subscription fee. With the correct hardware and minimal effort, you can determine your position and time almost anywhere on the globe.
Serial Terminal Basics
This tutorial will show you how to communicate with your serial devices using a variety of terminal emulator applications.
Here you will learn all of the basics of electronic textiles and how to sew.
LDK Experiment 1: Lighting Up a Basic Circuit
The first experiment in the LilyPad Design Kit series. In this exercise, you will learn how a basic e-textiles circuit works, and light up a sewable LED using a coin cell battery holder and conductive thread.
Photon Battery Shield Hookup Guide
The Photon Battery Shield has everything your Photon needs to run off, charge, and monitor a LiPo battery. Read through this hookup guide to get started using it.
Getting Started with the LilyPad MP3 Player
The LilyPad MP3 Player is an amazing little board that contains almost everything you need to play audio files. You can use it to create all kinds of noisy projects, from MP3 hoodies to talking teddy bears. Your imagination is the only limit! This tutorial will help you get started.
SAMD21 Mini/Dev Breakout Hookup Guide
An introduction to the Atmel ATSAMD21G18 microprocessor and our Mini and Pro R3 breakout boards. Level up your Arduino-skills with the powerful ARM Cortex M0+ processor.
The basics behind the batteries used in portable electronic devices: LiPo, NiMH, coin cells, and alkaline.
MicroView Digital Compass
Build a portable digital compass using the SparkFun MicroView and the MAG3110 Magnetometer Breakout.
Mini FET Shield Hookup Guide
Learn how to hookup and use the FET shield for Arduino Pro Mini 3.3V. With this shield, you can control much larger loads such as motors or large LED strips without straining your Arduino's power.
The Uncertain 7-Cube
The Uncertain 7-Cube is a non-committal, less-than-helpful, but also entirely honest fortune teller. Simply ask it a yes or no question, give it a nudge, and the 7-Cube will dutifully inform you that it doesn’t have all the facts and doesn’t feel comfortable making a guess.
Dungeons and Dragons Dice Gauntlet
A playful, geeky tutorial for a leather bracer that uses a LilyPad Arduino, LilyPad accelerometer, and seven segment display to roll virtual 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, and 100 side dice for gaming.
ESP8266 Thing Hookup Guide
An overview of SparkFun's ESP8266 Thing - a development board for the Internet of...Things. This tutorial explains the circuitry driving the board, and how to get it up and running in an Arduino environment.
Simblee LilyPad Hookup Guide
The Simblee LilyPad lets you easily integrate Bluetooth Low Energy and mobile apps into your e-textiles projects.
ESP32 Thing Hookup Guide
An introduction to the ESP32 Thing's hardware features, and a primer on using the WiFi/Bluetooth system-on-chip in Arduino.
ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Simple Hookup Guide
Interested in getting into LilyPad? Or maybe it's Arduino that tickles your fancy? Just want to add a little white-blinky-LED zest to your vest? All of the above? The ProtoSnap LilyPad Simple is a great tool to explore any of these subjects.
9DoF Razor IMU M0 Hookup Guide
How to use and re-program the 9DoF Razor IMU M0, a combination of ATSAMD21 ARM Cortex-M0 microprocessor and MPU-9250 9DoF-in-a-chip.
Are You Okay? Widget
Use an Electric Imp and accelerometer to create an "Are You OK" widget. A cozy piece of technology your friend or loved one can nudge to let you know they're OK from half-a-world away.
An introduction to polarity in electronic components. Discover what polarity is, which parts have it, and how to identify it.
How Chip-On-Boards are Made
COB or chip-on-board is a low cost way of soldering an IC to a PCB. Checkout this tutorial to see how it is done!