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February 23, 2010
Geek, pilot, dad.
News - Engineering Roundtable - … |
about 3 days ago
For version 2, you need to add microphones around the room, and have the lightbulbs above the active speaker flash with the sound.. Like a 2-dimensional VU Meter.. Shouldn’t be TOO much additional trouble.. :-)
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This is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting to build, and put an ardupilot onboard for autonomous trips… My parents have 300+ acres, with walking paths all over the place, and I think it would be GREAT fun.. BUT, I’ve never really known where to start..
As for whether it’s a “robot” or not.. how about it’s a “robot platform”? Certainly I’d put a camera (and maybe an airsoft rifle or something, just for fun) onboard.. :-)
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about 3 weeks ago
I just lost all my Arduinos (and all my other stuff!) in a house fire, so this will be the beginning of my new collection!!
News - Fluke Responds to Tradema… |
I agree.. The apology is good, but kind of smacks of the “I’m sorry” you get from a 6 year old caught with their hand in the cookie jar. In my mind, the minute a company tries to stay “on top” by hindering competition rather than improving their own product, it’s time to start considering selling that company short. I hope I’m wrong, as I too have loved my fluke meters over the years. I hope this puts them back on the right track, and was not just a public relations maneuver.
I think as long as the box itself is red, but it doesn’t say “Sparkfun”, or “5parkfun” (“5” instead of “S”) then it should be fine.. The consumer is not stupid, although the more we’re “protected” and forget the old saying of “buyer beware”, the dumber we get. All the more reason NOT to rely on government to “protect” us in these ways..
And dont forget… It HAS TO BE YELLOW, so all my friends will THINK I can afford a Fluke! ;-)
No.. wait.. that might be a problem..
News - Fluke, we love you but yo… |
You should return it.. It’s probably fake.
I would agree, except that there are hundreds of thousands of hobbyists who use $15 meters at home, and have buying power at work to buy whatever brand they want… At home I have “Radio Shack” or “SparkFun” quality stuff typically, while spending hundreds of thousands at work for various pieces..
Anyone who knows who “Fluke” is probably relates their name to a high price tag much more closely than to a color of the device, and just because they didn’t get around to posting it for you to read for 12 days doesn’t mean they weren’t doing anything internally, and it doesn’t lessen the fact that Fluke is the bully here. Sparkfun has always been very open in it’s communication on this site, even to the point of posting potentially embarrassing things, and I think it’s great insight into what a small company has to deal with. This is just one example.
Reasonable people can disagree on whether “yellow with a dark face” is an appropriate patent, but if Fluke doesn’t want to be seen as the bully here, they should have contacted Sparkfun, and/or sued in civil court rather than using the government to enforce this in a way which leaves Sparkfun very little recourse.
You really should contact your congressman and/or senators.. Maybe they’ll have some pull with this..
Keep us updated. I’ve already let Fluke know in no uncertain terms that they’ve lost me as a customer until you get an apology and any of your costs refunded..
No public wish lists :(