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M-Short

Member Since: September 7, 2010

Country: United States

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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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.
  • Sorry, it is taking longer than expected. I believe we are currently working on verifying that the hardware works the way we expect and the board can do everything we want it to. Assuming we don’t run into any problems I’d guess 2-3 months, but I never assume.

  • Thanks, those are good points. We actually recently change the Pi Wedge from a soldering kit to a presoldered assembly for that reason. We are also starting to get more kits with sensors and such in them and are finding it necessary to solder headers onto parts for that reason. I’ll look into the expensive boards. We don’t currently make many $100 boards but it is worth a recommendation.

  • Many of the pins on the ATMega32U4 pull double duty. We don’t have graphical datasheet for this board, but feel to check out the datasheet for the Qduino which lists all the pin functions on the ATMega32U4 (well the pins it uses anyway). It lists which pins have analog capabilities as well as digital capabilities.

  • I’m sure our pickers appreciate that. I think it is actually more likely to drive them over the edge having numerous versions of the same board (no headers, male headers, female headers, right angle headers… the list never ends) not to mention our packagers who put the boards in the bags and now have to add headers.

  • Here is a question for everyone requesting headers included with the board but not soldered on. How does this differ from you ordering the product and the headers you want separately? What advantage do you see other than only having to click ‘Add to Cart’ once instead of twice?

  • The solderless headers didn’t sell well and were horrible to use. The name sounds great, but the amount of pressure needed to connect those to a board was baffling. They were also meant as permanent connections so once they were connected they were even harder to disconnect. Even if you were able to, the pressure while inserting and removing these along the inside of the holes would quickly remove the contact. In other words, they sounded amazing based on the name, but the implementation was actually more headache then it was worth.

  • It sounds like there might be an issue with the libraries being installed correctly. Double check your libraries and if you are still having problems email techsupport@sparkfun.com with a copy of your code and a screenshot of the error and they should be able to help you.

  • That is surprisingly harder than it sounds. Our selective solder machine is great for soldering PTH parts and basically goes through and squirts solder on the PTH part. The thing is though that with the stackable headers that liquid solder drips down the male part of the headers which is a problem. Consequently for us to do stackable headers we have to solder them by hand, which gets time consuming. So, it isn’t impossible for us to do, but I don’t see us doing it happening anytime soon.

  • Depends on what you want to do. If you are looking specifically to get into Wireless and IoT then probably the Photon Redboard kit. The Photon Redboard is a Wifi based board programmed over the cloud, so it works well for IoT stuff. If you are just looking to get into microcontrollers the SparkFun Redboard is probably a better option as it is basically an Arduino clone. If you want to do IoT stuff but the Photon seems like a big jump you can get the Photon kit as well as a SparkFun Redboard. The manual for the SIK (based on the SparkFun Redboard) is available on the product page and the Photon SIK has parts for a lot of the experiments.

  • SparkFun currently pays royalties on the official Arduino boards we make, this includes the Pro, Pro Minis, Fio, Lilypad, and Lilypad USB. We also have quite a few boards we make that are not official Arduino boards and therefor do not have royalties associated with them like the Pro Micro, Fio V3, SamD21 boards, Qduino board, and the Uno compatible Redboard (in some cases we offered to pay royalties and the offer was declined). Definitely check out the article listed in the comment above for more information.