July 28, 2012
News - Actobotics Stairclimber C…
I like the simplicity of Robert Paradiso’s. It also looks like what I imagine a legless android zombie would look like trying to get up the stairs (possibly to eat your computer’s processor).
Good job everyone!
News - Your March Caption Contes…
about 3 weeks ago
A screen-grab Sparkfun’s from first feature film: Karate-Chopping Nic No-talker versus The Red-Bot from Mars.
Not part of the caption
* Please make a 30+ minute film created by the staff and submit it to some indie film festival - I would watch it at least once*
News - Autonomous Vehicle Compet…
about a month ago
Yeah, Building an enclosure can be cost/time prohibitive. I used to study bat populations and we used “mist nets” (Nixalite , Ecotone) to capture bats. The nets were kind of painful to set up and take down (fold them carefully!), but they were quite effective and a group of people could easily set them up. With some strong poles for support I imagine most aerial vehicles would get tangled up pretty quick in those nets, getting them out is the problem… You could always have extra nets ready to go when a vehicle gets tangled up.
Thanks for taking out the aerial category, it’s so cool, but someone was eventually going to get hurt. I wonder what constraints could be added to make the competition safe? Using rotors for upward lift seems too dangerous, but what if the lift was provided by a balloon and steering was provided with a small rotor.
Alternatively, it could be an indoor competition with something like micro airplanes (think Stevens Aero. You would probably still get hurt if hit by one of these, but hopefully not seriously since they are so small and low power.
Honestly, adding large safety constraints to the aero competition might be the best thing for the unmanned aerial industry since the hobbyists who compete in Sparkfun events are very creative and will likely produce novel safety designs… Perhaps one of the challenges could be running into a large Jello mold and rating the amount of damage done - less damage = more points, lol.
News - New Product Friday: The F…
about 2 months ago
I think this is what really differentiates the two Nic(k)’s and illustrates why it is important to have a saying for each of them. Nick articulates his thoughts through words and often helps us learn something, while Nic’s non-verbal actions are more expressive, non-constrained, and have deeper meanings…
Either of the Nic(k)’s are great additions to the new Friday product posts, but only one has a specific quip associated with him. I’m going to change that.
Oh, classic Nic.
News - Introducing Product Revie…
about 4 months ago
Thank-you! This is something I think your site has been missing for a long time. I mean, how the heck do I decide between 3 or 4 different humidity sensors without downloading the datasheets 1 by 1 and comparing them. Hopefully people can distill down the pluses and minuses of comparable products such that we can make generalized decisions about purchases.
Also, I’m not sure if I see the value of non-verified reviews. Enough people buy directly from sparkfun I would assume that the number of reviews should be sufficient for each product to give customers and idea of the worth of a product (perhaps the actobotics line may be the exception).
After finals I’m going to write reviews like crazy.
News - More Simple Sketches
about 4 months ago
Hehe, you didn’t mess up till the end ( I had to look it up). Hence I’m sure it’s fine for most calculations. Don’t beat yourself up about it too much, life gets better.
News - Your November Caption Con…
about 5 months ago
Without a caption it’s hard to tell if this is a Halloween party or a normal work day at Sparkfun.
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