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A walk-through of building what turned out to be a complicated prop.

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We all know that women are not only a minority in technical fields, but are often not encouraged to go into such fields. Here are a few ways to encourage and support the girls/women in our lives who are interested in technical fields.

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TB6612FNG Hookup Guide

September 29, 2016

Basic hookup guide for the TB6612FNG H-bridge motor driver.

SD Cards and Writing Images

June 4, 2015

How to upload images to an SD card for Raspberry Pi, PCDuino, or your favorite SBC.

Installing an Arduino Bootloader

December 4, 2013

This tutorial will teach you what a bootloader is, why you would need to install/reinstall it, and go over the process of doing so.

How to Use a Breadboard

May 14, 2013

Welcome to the wonderful world of breadboards. Here we will learn what a breadboard is and how to use one to build your very first circuit.
  • There is a microSD card with and full size SD adapter. We basically program this guy.

  • Also it depends what you want to do. Are you looking to play with analog receivers or are you looking to play with microcontrollers. Like Byron said, we have a bunch of kits geared towards helping you get started with Arduino, Intel Edison, Raspberry Pi, etc that are a good place to start to learn about some of the newer and popular technologies.

  • Because of the various uses (male headers for breadboarding, female headers for plugging jumper wires in directly, or just soldering wires and parts directly on the board) we do not include headers on most of our boards.

  • Kit is now live.

  • There is no price listed because it is technically not for sale yet. We did list the prices on the blog post yesterday as well as the rest of the sale information. FYI it will be $49.95 when it is available.

  • That is a standard error for “I can’t find the bootloader I’m looking for”. That might mean you have the wrong board selected, the wrong port selected, incorrect drivers installed. If you are still having problems please send a screen shot of the error to techsupport@sparkfun.com and they should be able to help you out.

  • That’s a good question. Mike, you should add a coin slot (don’t forget to have a pre-programmed series of button presses to let you play for free).

  • I’ve thought about at some point using those old smaller thumb drive or SD cards that are lying around and putting all files on them and leaving them in the project. Current media is small enough to actually stay in the project and has the advantage of anyone who has or is using the project can access it. But if you start doing this you need to remember that no matter how much you upgrade in the next 50 years you should make sure you have a USB slot and or SD card reader.

  • If you are still having problems please email techsupport and they should be able to help you.

  • The XBee shield connects the TX line of the XBee to the RX line of the Arduino which is basically connected to the computer’s TX. In other words TX is connected to TX and RX to RX meaning this configuration will not work for connecting the XBee to the computer. The XBee Explorer USB boards were designed specifically for this purpose. In a pinch you can probably hack the XBee shield to work, but it was not designed for this.

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