Member Since: March 1, 2011

Country: United States



I’m Nick.

I look like this:


I’m from the Future.

I’m also the Creative Technologist ‘round these parts, whatever that means…

I get to build things like this:


Here’s a list of more scary devices for which I’m responsible:

  • The Sound Squid - A multi-player drum machine
  • The Kittehz Box - A cat-based camera prank
  • The Dreadmill - The scariest workout ever
  • Mr. Twitchy - Jenga and Electrical Muscle Stimulation… combined.
  • MechanoPong - Electro-mechanical Pong clone
  • The PESTO - A keyboard that plays water-filled glasses
  • ShakeSphere - A babbling ball of poetic nonsense
  • The SCORPION - A potato cannon… on a 6-wheel robot chassis
  • The EPIC - A ballpoint pen-firing assault rifle
  • The Big Ugly Camera - A single pixel, electromechanical, digital camera
  • The Battle Bracer - laser tag gets a sci-fi LARP treatment
  • Radical54 - A Jansen Linkage robot that never quite walked / a coffee table
  • Virtual Curling - The dumbest thing I’ve ever built
  • SFE-80 Model I - A vintage computer that never existed

In my spare time, I do this:


Which isn’t much different from what I do here.

Go check out my blog called Fringeneering

Also, my YouTube channel called FringeneeringLabs

Happy Hacking.

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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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.

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!

Building the HUB-ee Buggy

September 6, 2013

Let's build the HUB-ee Buggy: A simple robot based on the HUB-ee wheel system!

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.
  • Keep in mind also that not everyone is using these for ECG/EKG applications. I use them for GSR as well, which is a 2-lead job… so there’s really no ideal number. The Bitalino board, for instance, uses 5 electrodes at a time.

  • It’s great, isn’t it? That’s the MICROMOT Drill Stand for PROXXON MICROMOT rotary tools.

  • Ask and you shall receive! BOM

  • I love the embossing label makers, I use it whenever I can. I also have a DYMO RHINO industrial label maker that will print shrink-tube. That’s been an awesome addition to the shop.

    I aspire to one day own the old-school dymo embosser for metal tape labels.

  • I drink a lot of coffee and have a nice little collection of mugs. The one pictured was custom printed, it has my name and some info on it and is barcoded accordingly.

    All of my workspace coasters are hard drive platters.

  • To be honest I rarely have a need for scopes or analyzers but when I do, I have the USB versions tucked next to the rework station.

    Describing the process of a project is a great idea! Maybe I’ll pick one that will be easy to document in-situ and make a blog post out of that.

    Those Stanley-Vidmar modular parts drawers are awesome. I looked at something similar for this space but I couldn’t justify the cost. Maybe next time around.

  • Mine definitely looks that way mid-project (actually, that doesn’t look so bad!)

    Some people are clean-as-you-go, and I tried to do that for a while. It definitely has its merits but I found that on tight deadlines, I’m better off letting everything get messy and then cleaning thoroughly between projects.

  • Hey Everybody!

    It’s worth noting that in the case of our 3W LEDs, the FemtoBuck won’t drive them to their full (blinding) brightness out of the box. In default configuration, the FemtoBuck is set up to supply about 1/3 of the power that those LEDs can dissipate. You can, however, swap out the sense resistor to pump up the volume.

    Check out the hookup guide for details!

    Happy Hacking!

  • Yup! I’m simply passing the USB connection through the slip ring. Noise isn’t a problem (at least not in the sense that it would leave video artifacts) because of USB’s (shockingly robust) comm protocol. If data packets fail CRC check, the host won’t ACK and they get re-sent by the sender.

    In short, if you measured the practical transfer speed across the moving slip ring, it would be lower than in an uninterrupted USB cable (due to packets getting lost/corrupted and re-sent) but there’s still more than enough capability left to pass webcam video!

  • Hey man, Aren’t they great??

    We don’t actually sell those, but they’re available from GlobalIndustrial. I’ll do a blog post before too long about the way my new shop is organized. Those parts bins with the red latches are inexpensive Homak Brand Organizers which happen to fit beautifully, side-by-side, in this particular size of Nexelate wire shelving

    This was my (sort-of) thrifty response to Adam Savage’s incredible Sortimo boxes and it’s working out fantastically so far.

    If anyone from GlobalIndustrial is reading, can I get a piece of the action $$$ from these web-referrals? :P


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