Member Since: August 25, 2011

Country: United States


I am the Technical Designer at SparkFun and Tech Support alumnus. :) I am also the Study Group Evangelist for Women Who Code Denver/Boulder. Follow me on Twitter: @hello_techie

Favorite things

  • Helping people with their projects

  • Electronics (luckily I work here)

  • LEDs

  • Kombucha (mmmm Synergy)

  • Octocat

  • Killer Robots

  • Friendly Robots

  • Okay all Robots…

  • Staring at code

  • Making bulleted lists

Gathering ideas from developers and hackers, and sharing a few of our own!

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Fun robots and learning tools for kids!

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RedBot Sensor - Wheel Encoder

December 25, 2014

The RedBot Wheel Encoder allows you to track the number of revolutions each wheel has made. Learn how to assemble and work with the RedBot Wheel Encoder.

SIK Experiment Guide for Arduino - V3.2

October 23, 2014

The SparkFun Inventor's Guide is your map for navigating the waters of beginning embedded electronics. This guide contains all the information you will need to explore the 16 circuits of the SparkFun Inventor's Kit, 16 circuits of the SparkFun Arduino Kit, 8 circuits of the RedBoard Starter Kit.

Galileo Experiment Guide

September 19, 2014

Learn how to work with the Galileo with this Awesome experiment guide! Follow 16 experiments to become a Galileo all-star.

RedBot Assembly Guide Rev 02

September 2, 2014

Assembly Guide for the RedBot Kit. This tutorial includes extra parts to follow to go along with the RedBot Inventor's Kit tutorial.

Make Your Own Fritzing Parts

March 18, 2014

Learn how to create your own Fritzing part so you can make amazing looking wiring diagrams, learn about schematics and PCB design, and get your design fabbed into a real PCB with Fritzing's PCB manufacturing service.

Heating Pad Hand Warmer Blanket

January 21, 2013

DIY Project Idea: Create a custom hand warmer blanket using heating pads
  • Great job Jesse! This is really awesome!

  • Hi! That was mine project. :) As Member 602208 pointed out it was ping pongs, which are fairly light compared to tennis balls. However, you could build a shooter with tennis balls. You are going to want to use motors with high RPMs. I doubled up with the Precision Disc Wheels on each side to shoot the ball. I also used two Aluminum Channels to control the direction of the ping pongs, because they were so light and I was super short on time. I would not recommend my build of the shooter, since we had less then 60mins to build and test our projects and I would do it differently. (It was based on a random challenge between co-workers) I would add ball bearings and more support on the bottom structure. Totally, doable though and would be a fun project for your dog!!

  • Project Euler was recommended to me awhile back. Thanks for bringing it up, because I kept forgetting to check it out. Thanks! :D

  • Great ideas! I wanted to ask why not a Github repo? I think having this list somewhere that is easy to find on this site would be great idea. A lot of the list would link to Github, but there is a lot of articles that won’t either. It would be nice to put on a Github, so others can add to that list easily or share links to their favorite resources. This is a great idea and have been thinking of ways to do this where it can be easily found. Having the list on Github makes it easier for community involvement. Really like to hear your thoughts on Github before I start on this list of resources. Thank you!!

  • Thank you for your feedback! I totally agree on all points!

    I will be doing 3 Intel Edison videos the next couple weeks, (will be shown in Feb) that doesn’t use the Arduino IDE. I really want to expand our content on single board computers, boards that isn’t an Arduino board, and other programming languages. Personally, Arduino is not my first choice due to the type of projects I like to do. My background is also web & mobile development. At SFE, our documentation is really Arduino heavy. (Mainly due to high amount of request for supporting Arduino more. Also, there are a lot of makers who just need something easier to work with and working on projects that an Arduino can handle perfect fine. We are branching out to different boards/chips, but also keeping Arduino near. I know EDU is seeing a lot of interested in Edison and Galileo. We hear you and definitely agree!

    Drag and drop programming are great for a starting point for some. They are not the right environment always when starting out and really depends on different situations/learning styles. Seen it work really well for visual learners when they are taught what each block is doing in the code and seeing the code while they are dropping the blocks. Building up their confidence and interest. I don’t recommend only using drag and drop, for everyone, or advanced projects. Thanks again and I will make sure to document like crazy! :D

  • Wonderful article Michelle! I recommend anyone to check out The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology article. It has some really great stories of amazing ladies in the science & tech field. Some of the ladies aren’t as well known to a lot of people. :)

  • So no one gets confused by this comment - The Mac did have homebrew. :) Please see comments below for more information. Thanks!

  • Hi Alx! Sorry for responding late here! Just came back from vacation, so very sorry for any inconvenience. Doesn’t appear to be compatible with Mac OSX. I recommend Linux or Windows. You can also use VirtualBox or VMware. The OSX isn’t properly detecting the dfu device. When you manually enter dfu mode (to do this hit any key while booting, which stops the boot. That allows you to enter into dfu mode) and attempted to flash the image it still fails. Which, at this point is a rabbit hole on what is wrong. I have ensured I have the latest brew packages. (Have dfu-util 0.8, which is perfectly fine) Shawn - can you update the tutorial to reflect Mac users to use VirtualBox for now, since there is a lot of reasons why this is happening and Ubilinux recommends Linux or Windows for the loading debian on the Edison? Thanks!

  • To make it super clear that the assembly guide documentation has the DAGU Wheel Encoder, we just added a note on the product page. The old RedBot Assembly guide used the RedBot Encoder, but there is a couple different hardware. :)

  • Top Gear! Nick Poole would be Jeremy Clarkson. Casey would be Captain Slow himself, James May. (Since, he totally took longer then 60 mins) I could be Richard, due to my, um shortness. Now we just need the Stig…