Member Since: March 13, 2008

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  • Sadly, we viewers can never be satisfied…

    Might I offer the observation that, despite the new acoustic treatments, there is still quite a lot of short-period echo in the audio stream. :( Since the panels aren’t doing it, have you considered using more beards?

    While your front-of-camera talent is totally doing his part (rockin' beard, Rob!), perhaps your behind-the-camera staff needs to step up, too. Come on…show some teamwork here, people.

    “But…” you (Mr Sparkfun) might say “…my videographers are women”. Well, that need not be a hurdle, because these sound-absorbing beards need not be real beards. Fake beards are are well-known to have very similar acoustic absorption properties as real beards*.

    [*this claim has not at all been scientifically confirmed. Readers, seize this opportunity…the modeling and measurement of the acoustic properties of beards would be a perfect PhD thesis]

    So, for next week’s video, I implore you, please, go strap on a bushy fake beard and do your part for Sparkfun acoustics! Love. Sparkfun. Beards.

  • The prominence given to the sound-absorption panels is cracking me up. I’m also greatly appreciative of their existence. Thanks for responding to viewer (I mean “listener”) comments!

  • Guys, you gotta put some acoustic damping in your video studio space. I know that you’re working in a brand new building, and acoustic treatments are less important than workbenches, lights, stuff…but the echo/reverb is getting to be pretty distracting.

  • I loved Nick Poole’s product video where he used the MindWave and an Arduino to bend a spoon. What a great idea for demo! I’ve always been a bit skeptical about the “concentration” and “focus” measures that are reported by many consumer-oriented EEG systems, but Nick’s trick of counting backwards by 3 seemed like a technique that I could test experimentally. So, I fired up my prototype EEG system and explored the EEG signature of concentration. If you’re interested you can check it out here

    So, thanks to Nick (and the rest of the Sparkfun team) for this great product video. It was pretty inspiring!

  • Gah! No plans to make any more?!?! Sad!

    This was a cool unit. I bought one a couple years ago and have used it in several projects. I finally wrote up a description of one of my projects (a MIDI Clock to Trigger converter, see: and came back to this page so that I put a link from my page to Sparkfun’s product. That’s when i see that you don’t make it any more.

    Say it ain’t so! Make a comeback Sparkfun MIDI Shield!

  • My vote is to stop using the low-level background music in these new product posts. I find it very distracting while I’m watching the video. Maybe others like it, but that’s my 2 cents…

  • I do a bit of EEG hacking as well (and I know Conor). Definitely looking forward to seeing what you make, Sophi!

  • Gah! Why no mounting holes?!?!

  • And I’d love one on connectors…especially in-line connectors for wiring harnesses so that you can take your own things apart and put them back together again. How does this crimping thing work? How does one choose what type of connector to use? All that good stuff. I love making my electronics projects, but I hate servicing them…all because I use no connectors. Help educate me!

  • This is a great idea. I added my pledge. I’m hoping that they add a DAC component (MCP4822 or MCP4922). For audio products (or CV synthesizer control) a DAC is way better than PWM. If they add a DAC, this will be really useful to the musical instrument / synth DIY crowd (like myself!).

No public wish lists :(