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SparkFun Electronics will be closed on July 3rd, 2015 in observance of Independence Day. Any orders placed after 2:00pm MT on July 2nd will be shipped out after the weekend. Thanks!

Mitch.Tolson

Member Since: April 9, 2010

Country: United States

Profile

Organizations

Microsoft

Spoken Languages

Engrish

Programming Languages

Java, C, C++, C#

Universities

University of Washington - Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics

Interests

Weight lifting, robotics, volunteering and pretty much anything that doesn’t include pop culture.

Websites

www.mitchindustries.net

  • ‘Merica, let’s build stuff!

  • I’m a MSFT employee, and it’s truly awesome to be part of what we’re setting out to do. The tone is about people and perfect products. It’s about helping people do amazing things, and inspiring the next set of generations to come. Many of my colleagues put in well over 400 hrs/yr volunteering in the maker space communities - this is something we’re very passionate about. I’m stoked about what’s coming down the MSFT pipe, but especially so for makers and doers. At MSFT, we recently implemented a Hackathon - a week/year dedicated to making, where we’re paid and encouraged to create and do something awesome. Last year I built a robot that would follow someone around as they walk, leveraging SparkFun products and the Surface Pro 3. This year, while I don’t know exactly what I’ll be creating - it’ll incorporate a Surface, RPi w/ Win10, Azure and Cortana.

  • I personally love my Surface Pro 3 for all my electronics work. I can do everything I need, even when on the go.

  • Relative statement. +1 for Sarah. Shawn and Sarah are kind of like Grant, Carie and Tory from the myth busters, as “the bearded one” is to Jamie and Adam.

  • This time around, we’re going back to our classic prize - $100 in SparkFun credit for use on whatever your heart desires. May the best caption win!

  • Congratz to the winners! I hope vNext of this competition is not during the FIRST FRC robotics season, and I’ll put in a submission.

  • Short video, with two posts on how you can make money on the internet = bummer to NFPP on lunch break.

  • To anyone who receives a defective unit, and doesn’t want to fix it themselves - I’m willing to buy the device off you for cheap :).

  • This isn’t a bad idea either - maybe a link to a predefined set of “wish lists” off the individual product pages - something to help those just trying to figure out what’s what. Typically though, when I buy in bulk/ kit format, I can see a small cost benefit.

  • I actually wouldn’t put too much thought into it. Think of the Craftsman mechanics tool sets - you have the basic to every single item in it. Start with some smaller kits. Something like how they do with Tetrix: http://www.pitsco.com/Robotics/TETRIX