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Toni_K

Member Since: January 13, 2011

Country: United States

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Bio

My Twitter for all the gory details.

Role

Engineering Quality Assurance Pistol Whipper. Making sure broken stuff gets fixed and getting documentation updated and monitoring the products' GitHub repositories.

Spoken Languages

English, Italian

Universities

University of Colorado at Boulder - Applied Mathematics and Italian Colorado State University - Biomedical Engineering Penn State University - Applied Statistics

Interests

Biomechanics and medical applications of electronics. Traveling. Snowboarding. Fun blinky things. And of course, sparklers!

The open-source Ball Aerospace Interface System

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SparkFun is headed west to the Hackaday SuperConference

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A guest post from Bill Premerlani regarding the new firmware updates for the MatrixPilot Project and the UDB5.

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An update on your friendly neighborhood Open Source Hardware Association.

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Examining the inner workings of an electric chord organ.

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A quick overview of the neat stuff seen at the 2014 Open Hardware Summit.

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A summary of an awesome homemade robot built by SparkFun customers

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A quick hardware teardown on some key-chain games.

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How to interface the RedBot with MatLab and SimuLink

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Discussion of the OS tools we are using, and a GitHub update.

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Open-sourcing Laser Technology and the SparkFun visit the Optics Lab at the School of Mines

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We participated in the annual Costume Con in Denver recently, and taught an e-textiles workshop!

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Tech Support RoboJoust

The Sparkfun Tech Support team put on a robot joust. After months of preparing not only the arena, but also the competitors, they are here to bring you their tale of robot mayhem.

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OpenLog Hookup Guide

April 7, 2016

An introduction to working with the OpenLog data logger.

EL Sequencer/Escudo Dos Hookup Guide

December 3, 2015

A basic guide to getting started with the SparkFun EL Sequencer.

Getting Started with OBD-II

October 8, 2015

A general guide to the OBD-II protocols used for communication in automotive and industrial applications.

CAN-Bus Shield Hookup Guide

October 8, 2015

A basic introduction to working with the CAN-Bus shield.

Si4703 FM Radio Receiver Hookup Guide

August 13, 2015

Add some tunes to your project with the Si4703 FM Radio Receiver Breakout.

microSD Sniffer Hookup Guide

August 4, 2015

A basic introduction to working with the microSD Sniffer.

nRF24L01+ Transceiver Hookup Guide

July 30, 2015

A basic getting started guided to the SparkFun Transceiver Breakout - nRF24L01+

Teensy Arduino Shield Adapter Hookup Guide

June 18, 2015

A basic introduction and assembly guide for the SparkFun Teensy Arduino Shield Adapter.

Getting Started with the Teensy

June 18, 2015

Basic intro to the Teensy line of products, with soldering and programming suggestions.

Easy Driver Hook-up Guide

May 5, 2015

Get started using the SparkFun Easy Driver for those project that need a little motion.

BlackBerry Trackballer Breakout Hookup Guide

March 26, 2015

A basic hookup guide for getting started with the SparkFun BlackBerry Trackballer Breakout Board.

Spectrum Shield Hookup Guide

March 24, 2015

Want your project to react to music? Then the SparkFun Spectrum Shield is the product for you! Get going in no time with this Hookup Guide.

Wake-on-Shake Hookup Guide

March 13, 2015

A basic hookup guide for getting started with the SparkFun Wake-on-Shake.

Exploring XBees and XCTU

March 12, 2015

How to set up an XBee using your computer, the X-CTU software, and an XBee Explorer interface board.

Big Easy Driver Hookup Guide

February 13, 2015

How to get started with the SparkFun Big Easy Driver.

LilyPad Simple Power Hookup Guide

January 15, 2015

A basic guide for getting started using the LilyPad Simple Power.

Benchtop Power Board Kit Hookup Guide

November 3, 2014

Need more power? This Benchtop ATX Power Supply Kit should help give you the boost you need to power those energy hungry projects.

Hacking Your Maker Faire Badge

September 18, 2014

How to hook-up, program, and modify your Maker Faire Badge for electronic fun.

Logomatic Hookup Guide

May 29, 2014

Basic introduction and hook-up guide for the SparkFun Logomatic.

Programming FPGAs: Papilio Pro

March 28, 2014

Learn the basics for writing HDL and programming the Papillio Pro.

OBD II Uart Hookup Guide

March 4, 2014

How to start working with the OBD-II Uart board.

Copernicus II Hookup Guide

December 18, 2013

A guide for how to get started with the Copernicus II GPS module.

MPR121 Hookup Guide

December 18, 2013

How to get started using the MPR121 for capacitive touch sensing with your Arduino.

PCA9306 Level Translator Hookup Guide

October 31, 2013

A quick primer to get you going with the PCA9306 Logic Level Converter.

Tilt-a-Whirl Hookup Guide

October 2, 2013

A simple hook up guide to get started with the Tilt-a-Whirl sensor.

Accelerometer Basics

March 28, 2013

A quick introduction to accelerometers, how they work, and why they're used.

Heartbeat Straight Jacket

June 4, 2009

An EL project that displays one person's heartbeat on another person's costume.
  • Check out the replacement here

  • Sorry about that! It is up there now here.

  • That’s a great question! The inputs to the Big Easy Driver have to come from a microcontroller. We typically recommend using an Arduino Uno for beginners as there is a lot of example code for getting started. Any of the code in this tutorial is designed to work with an Uno.

  • Please check out the Firmware page on the hookup guide. This includes a .zip which has all of the library files and example sketches, as well as guides to the GitHub repository which has the most up-to-date versions of all the firmware.

  • Hi - you are running into issues with the microSD card (and eventually you will also run into issues with the CAN functionality as well) because the Due only breaks out the SPI pins to the ICSP header. The shield is designed to mate directly with the Uno footprint, where the SPI pins are available on D9-12. You will need to run jumpers from the SPI pins on the shield to the SPI pins on the Due, and verify the clock pin definitions in the library and example sketches.

  • The breakout board is just rendering further in the list of “Recommended Products” - sorry about the confusion on that!

  • We try very hard to keep up-to-date with everything (and have greatly improved over the last few years), but our customers also help out a great deal by pointing out the things we may miss. One of the many upsides of open-source :)

  • My guess is that the sale rate for us was too low to justify continuing to carry it. You could try checking on the forums to see if folks are still working with the part.

  • While I agree that does seem very strange, the breakouts simply didn’t sell to a point that justified keeping them in the catalog. The LEDs themselves do sell however, so it’s likely that the customers buying them are using them in custom applications where the breakout board is not needed. It’s hard to predict what folks will use, and what they won’t :/

  • It’s actually been retired from our catalog, but if you’d like to reference the datasheets (or use the Eagle files to build your own version), you can find all of that here.

Spectrum Shield Hook-Up Guide

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SparkFun Live- Halloween Sweatshirt Hack

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Tilt-A-Whirl Hookup Wishlist

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Random Pick-up Line Generator

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Parts list to make the Random Pick-Up Line Generator from...