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NPoole

Member Since: March 1, 2011

Country: United States

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!

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!

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.
  • That’s a great idea

  • Canned food inventory is a great application for a project like this. Maybe I’ll touch on that in my next update!

  • crazy how nature make dat.

  • I tried this but there wasn’t anything in the shop that was thin and strong enough. I suspect some high-test fishing line might work, but the other issue is tying onto the end of the PVC-coated EL wire, it’s pretty slippery.

    It would probably help if you sprayed some teflon dry lube into the tubing, as well.

  • That’s not a bad idea

  • Hey Arthur, I won’t argue with you since I’m sitting at a restaurant in rural Virginia on vacation. But, for your sake, I did want to respond before I forget.

    The argument you’re making here isn’t novel, no one has overlooked the facts you outlined, it’s just that your conclusion is flawed. And I can’t blame you, I’d much rather believe your story. But I’ve seen discrimination happen one on one, in front of me, several times.

    I know that what you’ve rolled out here seems reasonable, because it’s something that I heard a lot (and, indeed, even believed) before I started spending more time with people who are directly affected. And I can assure you, they’re not deflecting or blaming others for their shortcomings.

    The claim that technology related fields are an actual meritocracy has been so thoroughly trounced that it’s nearly made the word unusable in serious circles. Much like the effect of gamergate on the phrase “ethics in journalism”

    Thank you for reading and participating, no matter how late :)

  • You make a really good point, there are arguments both ways. On one hand, this is easier to replicate because you don’t need to modify the disk image for the Pi, on the other, it’s at least one Arduino more expensive. Ultimately, I decided to do it this way because I assumed that this project would probably be replicated in two parts by two different groups of people: People building speakers and people building RasPi audio nodes. So I tried to keep the two systems as modular as possible.

    Thank you, by the way, I’m very happy with how this one turned out :)

  • Some of them sound pretty comparable to the cheap clock-radio you might find in a hotel room. I think with a little more experimentation, you could probably get one to sound pretty good.

  • yes.

  • I’m currently working on iPhone compatibility, but a big roadblock to that is Apple’s MFi Authentication Coprocessor. Apple requires manufacturer’s of iPhone/iPad/iPod products to register in order to receive authentication hardware required to make things like charging cables work. This is my understanding so far anyway. I’m working on a workaround that uses an MFi certified (or knockoff MFi compatible) cable as a connector to do the authentication.

    Watch the Github repo README for updates!

WiFi Poofer

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Parts for the Thing-powered propane...

LIDAR-Lite-Glasses

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LIDAR-Lite Obstacle Avoidance Glasses Nick Poole @ SparkFun...

Claw Machine

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These are the essential components for the Actobotics Claw...

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.

OptoTheremin

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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...

Danny

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

Tool Kit - Intermediate

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This is the list of items included in the Intermediate Tool...

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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This is the list of items included in the Intermediate Tool...