Every day our community creates something awesome with SparkFun products. Here are just a few of their stories. We hope this page provides inspiration for your next project and encourages you to start something.
When avid orienteer Don Bayly needed a way to make his orienteering maps more accurate, he started researching GPS options. His need for a small footprint and extreme accuracy led him to the SparkFun GPS-RTK2 Board - ZED-F9P (Qwiic).
While pursuing his passion of autocross, Anker Berg-Sonne found himself in need of an inexpensive, high precision and upgradable data logger. To fit his needs, he turned to the SparkFun GPS Breakout - Chip Antenna, SAM-M8Q (Qwiic).
Nonprofit Landcare Research is working to better understand how possums interact with traps in order to improve capture rates. They have chosen to use RFID components due to their low cost and ability to identify individual possums.
Theft is a problem Kevin Fahsholtz, VP of Business Development for Kirio, has faced before. At a prior company, he managed a large number of vacation rental properties. Fahsholtz shared an example of a scenario Kirio hopes to prevent.
Cory Spencer runs a 150-head goat dairy farm. One problem he encounters is that most technology for dairy farmers is designed for cows, not goats. Due to the specific needs of goats he needed to craft his own solution to manage the health of his herd.
While working as a fitness director, Ryan Turner realized there were plenty of opportunities for innovation in the industry. He used his interests in fitness and hobby robotics to create an innovative timing system that fit the needs of many.
While on vacation a few years ago, Tommy Sullivan met a woman who had become blind after the birth of her first child. This encounter led him to start thinking about how technology could be used to help those with vision impairments.
When a gravel pit blew dust into the surrounding area, Adrian Dybwad was curious to find out how much dust was actually in the air. This quest ultimately led to the founding of PurpleAir and the creation of “a global network of nearly 11,000 [air quality] sensors.”
The 2050 Robotics Lab is working on a number of agriculture and environmental projects that include using robots to plant crops on high sloped hills, finding and spot treating pests in crops, and locating blue-green algae on open surface water.
Running and sprinting are simple in theory - put one foot in front of the other as fast as possible. It’s not rocket science, but it is a science. See how the Bounce Box, using Arduino, provides instant feedback on athlete’s ground contact time.
Over the years, the combination owning a homebrew store and nano brewery has led Greg Kallfa to experiment with incorporating electronics into a number of projects to improve the brewing experience.