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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

How do you build a better laser? Maybe this way.

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Let's look at some basic digital concepts and circuit structures to help bridge the gap between the land of the continuous and the land of the discrete.

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Tired of paying The Man for your power? Before you go off-grid, this is the video you want to see. We'll give you the background on solar cell function and performance, and talk about some of the other parts you'll need to get the job done.

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Care to take a peek under the hood of reality? Hall effect and Lorentz force are big news in the land of the tiny.

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We tend to over-simplify the act of dropping an LED into a circuit. But do you know what all of those specs in the data sheet mean?

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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.