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Pete-O

Member Since: May 29, 2007

Country: United States

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Bio

Born in California, raised in Minneapolis, moved to CO 13 years ago. Wife Becky, daughter Claire, son Ethan, dog Merlin. Trevor is my brother-in-law, but he may not want anyone to know that…

Role

Director of Engineering

Organizations

SparkFun Electronics, HID (Assa Abloy), Bearcom, Jon Dressel & Associates, Music tech.

Spoken Languages

English, bad English

Programming Languages

C, bad C

Associations

I don ’t associate well.

Universities

CU Boulder, Front Range CC, Mpls CC, NEI (in MN, called something else now, I think)

Interests

RC planes/sailplanes/cars/helicopters, guitar, astronomy, electronics, scifi, paranormal everything, slot cars, big cars

Websites

www.sparkfun.com

You'd normally run them in series. But can you run them in parallel?

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Want to get started with car hacking? This video is for you!

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Seemingly magical behavior from 50's era tech. What darkness lurks beneath?

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Heard about CAN bus but don’t know what all the hype is about? This video’s for you!

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Next Fall's AVC is starting to take shape. We've seen the future, and the future is... GOATS!

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Looking for a beefy, wired data bus where RF won’t cut it? We dig into RS-485 and explore how it works and why it just might be the one you need!

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Without phase-locked loops, we’d all still be living in caves, just getting by with stone knives and bearskins.

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Why do we collaborate?

Is there more to the collaborative process than just getting a project done?

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Behold: The SparkBowl

In honor of last weekend's Super Bowl, we give you a slightly more techy take on games you can play with a football.

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To honor our 15th anniversary, Pete digs into the electrical properties of crystals.

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The convenience of advancing tech can kill a good nostalgia project...but it's not quite dead...

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How slowly can you clock an ATmega328 and still have any functionality?

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OK, it’s not a thing. But if it were, it might look like this.

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Harris Kenny of Aleph Objects shares some history and philosophy behind the success story that is the Lulzbot line of 3D printers.

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I design and build a headphone amplifier, and go on a journey of self-discovery (and learn some hard lessons).

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Is there a “right” way for an open project to go closed?

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If the spooky messages you’re getting from beyond the grave seem vague and disjointed to you, maybe some blinky lights can help to accent the important parts. #funkydemonspeak

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Find out what happens when Pete takes on Big Bluetooth.

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The Case for Patents

One open source guy's opinion on whether or not we should have these things at all

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There's so much arguing over code on the internet. Let's try to get to the bottom of the debate.

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What has Pete been up to? Playing with flying robots, actually.

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Rules updates, scheduling information, and some questions answered

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A look at what classic AVC competitors will be facing on September 17

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We take a trip to check out a different version of DIY and make some new friends on the way.

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Pete Dokter and Jim Lindblom tour the MIT Media Lab, as well as the greater Boston technological tundra.

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Another AVC Update

We flesh out the AVC prize structure, plus the trials of Pete's first attempt at competing in the AVC.

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AVC 2011!!!

The flood gates are open for AVC 2011.

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Solder of the Ages

Building your latest satellite with old solder? You might want to think it over.

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What to do with an overflowing cup of electronics

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Pete and Ryan's Excellent Sketching in Hardware 2010 Adventure

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Custom stingray covered gaming watch, plus Antimov videos now accepted

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Antimov Competition

Introducing the Antimov competition! Who can build the robot that does the most insignificant task, fail spectacularly, and then self destruct?

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Director of Engineering Pete Dokter plots the data from a rocket launch - and suggests a new method for testing SparkFun products!

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Lumenati Hookup Guide

October 12, 2017

Lumenati is our line of APA102c-based addressable LED boards. We'll show you how to bring the sparkle to your projects!

Series and Parallel Circuits

August 20, 2013

An introduction into series and parallel circuits.
  • Hey ‘773!

    For the “who’s turn” indicator, I think the problem you’d run into is that people will forget to hit the button (or whatever) to advance the indicator. So that would really benefit from some kind of automation, and I’m not sue what form that would take. Maybe some voice recognition of the words “aw, you suck!” or some variation on that theme… just thinking outside the box, here. Maybe an accelerometer under everybody’s chair to sense their cycles of agitation, like the person that just relaxed just finished their turn. Or some kind of IR or thermopile to register the heat coming off the players' heads? But alcohol will probably mess that up (sugar makes my head sweat - truly weird).

    As far as the github jab… yeah, you’re right. But that’s the sort of project that I’m likely to put the barest amount of effort into. I need a light, how quickly can I pull this off and then forget about it? I’m definitely not trying to justify, but I am admitting to a shortcoming with regard to personal work. And I know I’m not alone…;)

  • Thanks much!

  • All I have are my notes, and that wouldn’t be pretty. They’re really chaotic and spread amongst various media…

  • Regarding the gas cap, my car will shut off the engine light after 3 consecutive times not having the fault condition.

    CARB and auto manufacturers, yeah totally. If it starts out in CA, it might as well be national for exactly the reason you suggest.

  • 773! I remember TV remotes like you describe, the ultrasonic ones. You could jingle your keys in front of the TV and it would change channels. One of the technological marvels that lead me to this ultimate career…

  • Hey 773! Thanks for chiming in. I’m still sorting what sort of info I can get out of an OBD2 port, but I should hopefully know something for the next video, not sure how far I can get. Odometer? Beats me, man, I haven’t got that far yet. But since you mentioned it I’ll look for it specifically.

  • My understanding is that scheduling conflicts prevented them from participating last year, and I’m unaware of anything official past that. Anything’s possible, but I don’t think it’s in the cards for this year.

    That said, if you wanna put a full-manual option on your autonomous car, we’ll look the other way if you wanna take a few laps making “vroom-vroom” noises. Heck, I’ll do it with you!

  • Re: drinking the coffee, it’s really less about the beverage itself and more about occupying a hand. And I’d hate to have to chase somebody around the course just to see if they got a drink from their cup.

    Nerf darts: no limit. The quantity of darts you’re carrying isn’t going to be the limiting factor, it’s going to be that you’ve only got one hand. So reloading is an issue, getting darts to stay in the bucket is an issue, hitting the buckets at all is an issue…

  • Thanks much!

  • 3kV/mil??? Holy cow! I definitely want some of that!