Nick Poole

Member Since: March 1, 2011

Country: United States

Let's build a small smoke machine to harass our friends and colleagues!

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Let's learn about udev and how we can lock down our USB device nodes!

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Do you ever need to make a lot of Pi? This trick will save you some time!

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With 50 billion IoT devices projected to join the web by 2020, whose platform will they be on?

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Easy builds from around the web that even a robot novice can tackle

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Learn how to build beautiful GUIs on your connected Raspberry Pi projects using NWJS (formerly Node-Webkit)

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Can technology help you make better food decisions?

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New year, new you! Let's explore the technology behind e-cigs, vapes and other vapor-based smoking cessation solutions.

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Deck the beards this year with addressable LEDs

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The case for formalizing free exploration opportunities

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How to make faux neon signs with EL wire and rigid aquarium tubing

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Building a set of speakers from goat skin and connecting them to a network media server

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Catching 'Em All can drain your smartphone battery; let's see if we can fix it in style!

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Maker/hackerspaces that are leading the charge to make STEM fields less alienating for LGBTQ+ makers.

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Today we learn about etching PCBs at home, on the cheap and quick! We even get a little fancy with it!

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Experiments in weatherproofing electronic circuits by forcing them through an unmodified document laminator.

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When SparkFun went to DragonCon 2014, I saw an opportunity to become a robot.

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Reverse engineering a $30 MaKey MaKey derivative with good intentions (but no attribution)

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Just in time for Arduino Day, we're bringing you the magic of infographics.

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...in a long line of wonderful and necessary scams.

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RFID is getting under Nick's skin...

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What happens when people do bad things with good tech?

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"What would you say... you do here?"

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How and why we built a tiny Internet of Things apartment at SparkFun HQ.

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Can biometric data help shed light on panic and anxiety?

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In this final installment, we talk about the completed workspace from parts I and II

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Wondering how to organize all of the tools and materials in your workspace? Look to the pros for inspiration!

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A few notes on the inner workings of Nest's new smoke detector

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Back to "The Future!"

Revisiting an earlier post about The Future and getting a little direction.

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SparkFun in 3D

An update on our efforts to provide 3D models of popular SparkFun parts

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What happened to our enthusiasm for "The Future," and how is the Maker Movement bringing it back?

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Find out how and why we're modeling our products in 3D... and how you can help!

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Build your own Vacuum Molding machine and start making plastic parts in your home shop!

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Nick covers for Rob as we wave 'hello' to some new products!

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While the media team is away, Nick and Dave take matters into their own hands for a unique new product post.

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Turn your week around with some revolutionary new products.

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It's time to brighten your day with a glowing line-up of new products.

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ESP8266 Powered Propane Poofer

March 15, 2016

Learn how Nick Poole built a WiFi controlled fire-cannon using the ESP8266 Thing Dev Board!

Making Music with the FreeSoC2

August 14, 2015

Create a synth keyboard with the FreeSoC2 from SparkFun.

Ludus Protoshield Hookup Guide

July 30, 2015

Get started with the SparkFun Ludus Protoshield and Ludus Protoshield Wireless!

FLIR Lepton Hookup Guide

March 26, 2015

See the invisible world of infrared radiation using the FLIR Dev Kit and Raspberry Pi.

Light-Up Father's Day Card

June 9, 2014

Light up your dad's day with this electronic pop-up card!

Teardown: DDC Mobile X900

June 3, 2014

Nate picked up a bricktastic phone in China. Let's take it apart!!!

Interactive Hanging LED Array

April 10, 2014

Learn how we converted 72 lightbulbs into an interactive LED array for our conference room.

Teardown: Misfit Shine Activity Tracker

April 3, 2014

A quick tear down of the popular fitness tracking device, the Misfit Shine.

MYST Linking Book

March 18, 2014

Create your own Linking Book from the classic computer game, MYST

Build an Auduino Step Sequencer

March 6, 2014

Make a Step Sequencer using an Arduino, the Auduino firmware, and a handful of hardware.

Nest Protect Teardown

January 15, 2014

See the inner-workings of the new Nest Protect in this SparkFun Teardown.

Recreating Classic Electronics Kits

January 13, 2014

100-in-1? 500-in-1? It's up to you when you build your own Science Fair style experiment board!

pcDuino Crowdsource Kiosk

January 9, 2014

Getting People to do your job for you (badly) with some chocolate and a pcDuino!

Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

August 12, 2013

Learn the basics about LEDs as well as some more advanced topics to help you calculate requirements for projects containing many LEDs.

The Uncertain 7-Cube

March 8, 2013

The Uncertain 7-Cube is a non-committal, less-than-helpful, but also entirely honest fortune teller. Simply ask it a yes or no question, give it a nudge, and the 7-Cube will dutifully inform you that it doesn’t have all the facts and doesn’t feel comfortable making a guess.
  • Thank you!

    For sure, that’s why I put that parenthetical in the section describing udev. I just put Raspberry Pi in the title for the sake of SEO.

    But you make a great point that this is totally applicable to any Linux system since like 2.6 (I think we’re on 4.1 now?)

  • I agree with you on all points. As for IoT being a rehash of old ideas, I wrote a little bit about that in my blog post titled “The Internet of Things is a Scam!”

    In my head, I refer to IoT Devices as NBEDs, or Non-Browser Endpoint Devices, because I think that concisely defines what we mean by “IoT”

  • I take my Technician Class test tomorrow, wish me luck!

  • There’s always more than one way to skin a cat

  • Thanks for reading! I haven’t played with Electron much, so I can’t comment on it from experience, really. From what I could gather, it does a lot of the same things that nw.js was designed to do. A lot of commercial services seem to prefer Electron for whatever reason. In my case, I went with nw.js because there were binaries for Raspberry Pi which I had already decided was going to be my platform. I wasn’t able to track down Electron support for ARM devices, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

  • As a matter of clarification I’m not Nathan, CEO; I’m Nick, Creative Technologist and occasional comment moderator.

  • Such is the job. Well, luckily it was just a writing deadline and I can always keep working on the project and write another post about it!

  • This is excellent, dude

  • Yes, these were intended to be ratios of Daily Requirements but I didn’t get around to looking up those numbers before I had to write it up. Although, you make an interesting point that perhaps it should be double. I also wanted to implement a color change depending on which position the dials are in but, again, I ran out of time. Perhaps in the next post.

    By default, on overflow, the arc just keeps following a circular path eventually joining itself. I believe there are data-* attributes that can be used to set a different behavior. Here’s the demo page for the library that I used, it’s really flexible and will do a lot more than what I have it doing here.

  • Oh, That’s really interesting. I’ve never seen a thing like that before but I can definitely imagine how it would be useful… Thanks for the tip!

WiFi Poofer

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Claw Machine

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Chameleon Box

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Everything you need to build the Chameleon Phreak...

Captain America Shield

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Elastolite parts from the glowing Captain America shield build.


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Here’s the wishlist for the OptoTheremin Noise Box that...

Space-Age Science Fun

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A wishlist for the tutorial “Recreating Classic Electronics...

AVC Sales Booth

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Most of these are items that I think people may need day-of...

HUB-ee Buggy

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Everything I used in the HUB-ee Buggy robot build for the...

Button Kit

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This is the parts list for the Retail Button Kit (RTL-11439)

McMurdo RC

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Bare Minimum for Remote Control. You’ll need some wire and...

ProtoShield Kit

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This Wishlist contains all of the parts that are included in...

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino

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This wishlist contains all the items that you need to build...


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Tool Kit - Intermediate

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Tool Kit - Deluxe

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This is the list of items included in the Deluxe Tool Kit...

Tool Kit - Deluxe (Old)

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This is the list of items included in the Deluxe Tool Kit...

Tool Kit - Intermediate (Old)

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