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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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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.
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  • In a lot of cases the Pro Mini and ESP8266 will be the better and/or cheaper option for your application. But not always. Two main advantages the Photon has over this setup are an ARM Cortex M3 (at 120MHz) giving you a lot more processing power than a Pro Mini, and FCC certification. Honestly, it is not so much that one option is better than the other, but that they are different options with different features (with only one of those features being price). If the Pro Mini and ESP8266 works fine in your application go for it. If you need faster speed, beefier process, FCC certification, etc., I’d take a look at the Photons (as well as other items on the market). Remember, more options is always good.

  • Keep in mind you’ve got a microcontroller on there too. Even with a $3 radio (like the ESP8266) you still need a microcontroller most of the time. In this case it is all rolled into one with IOT designed low power. Not bad for a mid ranged microcontroller. Though for cheap and easy the ESP8266 is a great option.

  • There isn’t, especially since it looks like a custom board was used. Try emailing techsupport@sparkfun.com and they can help you figure out what parts you might need for your application.

  • It would be safe, but lower power is going to be better (and cooler). The MIC5219 datasheet says the absolute max is 20V and the max operating voltage is 12V. So it should work at 12V, but not fry if you get a bit of a spike. Still, running things at that high a voltage requires a pretty big voltage drop which means heat.

  • At some point. It is surprisingly a lot of work. Our poor kitters have to try to evenly distribute things, weight things, get them to fit in the box, etc. One day when they aren’t busying building SIK we’ll try to bribe them to tackle some more of these. I recommend setting up autonotify for stock. Once stock appears (but before you can order it) keep checking the site, we’ll probably announce when they are going live soon after that. Once live though they sell out in under 5 minutes.

  • Check out this. But yeah, we should build one.

  • Not long :)

  • Really it depends on your usage. HIPAA is really only for health care professionals and what they can release. Unless you were wanting to start a business specifically to post health data I doubt it would be an issue. You can post your own data anywhere, and since data.sparkfun.com is basically anonymous it does afford privacy based on that. For your own data it is really a matter of what level of privacy you want. Disclaimer (I’m not a lawyer, but I have worked jobs where understanding and following HIPAA regulations was required).

  • Yep, that’s the one. Also available on a breakout board

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