Nick Poole

Member Since: March 1, 2011

Country: United States

Nick sets out to learn everything about "mouse bite" breakaway tabs!

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There's a free, online conference happening this weekend where you can learn all about the current state of open-source ASIC design tools.

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The great thing about open source software is that when you want a new feature, you can just add it!

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It's Pride Month and I've interviewed a few of our customers to find out what — if anything — being gay has to do with being a maker.

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Detectives came knocking again, and this time they brought a new toy!

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When SparkFun got a shipment of 1:8 scan rate panels, it fell on me to make them work with the wrong library.

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I just finished writing the first of several EAGLE web utilities, let me introduce you to Buzzard Label Maker!

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They say, "play stupid games, win stupid prizes," but the joke's on them: I love stupid prizes.

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I decided to convert an old inspection light into a rechargeable mobile blacklight, and played with some other types of UV light while I was at it!

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The first two of our Google Calendar-integrated Raspberry Pi meeting room signs are installed by their respective rooms. So how is it working out?

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Print a parts tray with removable dividers for the new SIK case!

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Using a Raspberry Pi and the Google Calendar API to avoid Meeting Room Mayhem.

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Check out a quick wrap-up of our office costume contest!

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Find out what it was like building the Skimmer Scanner app and distributing it through the Google Play store.

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Adding some cyberpunk dystopia style to a costume shop parasol

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Let's look at those tried and true IoT projects that just keep on coming back (with good reason!)

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Here are some tips and tricks for building with the Spectacle platform!

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The good, the bad and the $700 IoT cold-press juice machine.

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Celebrate the 4th, Jedi style, with a "spectacular" lightsaber build!

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In this next-to-last installment of the Digital Pantry project, we do some enclosure fabrication and build our own vacuum molding table!

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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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RP2040 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

January 21, 2021

Want to take a stab at advancing your programming skills? Check out the Thing Plus - RP2040, with the first microcontroller from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This guide will get you started working with the RP2040 and programming in MicroPython and C/C++.

Industrial Fiber Optics Hookup Guide

January 20, 2021

Learn how to get started with our fiber optics breakout boards

LoRaWAN with ProRF and The Things Network

July 3, 2018

Learn how to make a LoRaWAN node for your next long range IoT project and connect it to the internet with The Things Network!

Atto84 Hookup Guide

June 26, 2018

A bare minimum Arduino compatible breakout using a ATtiny84 for integration into your small projects!

Rotary Dial Kit Assembly Guide

June 22, 2018

Put together your Rotary Dial Kit and light it up with our Arduino example code!

Nuclear Battery Assembly Guide

June 8, 2018

How to put together your BYOT (Bring Your Own Tritium) Nuclear Battery Kit!

Wireless Motor Driver Shield Hookup Guide

August 17, 2017

Get started with the SparkFun Wireless Motor Driver Shield!

Reading and Writing Serial EEPROMs

August 11, 2017

EEPROM is a great way to add extra memory to your microcontroller project. Wait 'til you see how easy it is to use!

Getting Started with the GeoFence

August 1, 2017

How to get started using the GeoFence GPS Boundary Widget and GeoFence Software.

Addressable LED Strip Hookup Guide

November 23, 2016

Add blinking lights to any holiday decoration with our Holiday Lights Kit using WS2812-based addressable LEDs!

Red Box Robot Hookup Guide

November 23, 2016

Turn an iconic SparkFun red box into an obstacle-avoiding robot.

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.

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.
  • Nice catch, I hopped in and clarified some of the language

  • Do you mean is there a pin somewhere that toggles during a smoke or CO event? I didn't look for one at the time, I wasn't even able to get a shell over the USB interface so I didn't hack on it very much.

  • Nice catch, fixed!

  • Sorry about the delay, the github repo and docs are up now!

  • Thanks!

    That's an interesting point about the Qwiic connectors. I, too, am annoyed by SMD connectors because they have that problem. The SMD-only Micro-B was the worst offender I can remember. Micro-via stitching is a great idea. I've used it on my own boards in the past (I think I even mentioned it in my 2020 Supercon presentation on PCB construction techniques!)

    Have you had problems with the Qwiic connectors coming off? I haven't run into it yet, but I can see how it would happen. If it's a genuine problem, I can start a conversation on our side about adding vias and anchor pads to the connector footprint.

    Thanks for the feedback, as always

  • Hey! Long time, no see! Nate's been keeping me busy with R&D and I haven't really had any occasion to write a post. I'm still lurking, though. Maybe I'll have more things to post here soon from SparkX!

  • Sorry about that, the repo was still set to private. It should work now.

  • Hey! If you're having trouble with the CH340C pulling on the serial lines, you can clip the legs.

    However I never experienced problems in testing. As long as you're not trying to drive the CH340 at the same time, it shouldn't interrupt the serial operation. If you think about it, the same was true of all early USB Arduino boards when using the hardware UART.

  • Excellent re-use of the beating heart in a jar project enclosure. I was hoping someone would give that little cabinet a second life. I spent literally dozens of minutes crafting that!

  • This turned out fantastic. I might just make one!

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino (old)

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Tool Kit - Intermediate (Old)

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Tool Kit - Deluxe (Old)

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Tool Kit - Deluxe

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Tool Kit - Intermediate

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DEV-10915 and DEV-11113 are your microcontrollers. WRL-10532...

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino

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ProtoShield Kit

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McMurdo RC

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

Button Kit

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

HUB-ee Buggy

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

AVC Sales Booth

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

Space-Age Science Fun

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


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

Captain America Shield

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Elastolite parts from the glowing Captain America shield build.

Chameleon Box

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Everything you need to build the Chameleon Phreak...

Claw Machine

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WiFi Poofer

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Parts for the Thing-powered propane...