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  • The SparkFun story is at the same time humbling and inspirational. Yesterday, Sunday, I went to the (almost complete) new building, and spent 10 minutes in admiration, peeking in and marveling what Nate has wrought. My "shipping department" is currently a small corner of a tiny shop, but seeing this story and the new building fills me (and I'm sure others too) with the sense that anything is possible. Thanks as always for sharing your story and inspiring us.

  • You can either program it to do a certain light pattern depending on how loud the sound is, or you can program it like a sound-level meter. You'll need to use the smart lightboards because the system uses a single-wire power/data bus to communicates with other components (significantly simplifying the wiring of, say, 40 lights)

  • It only responds to the level of sound. There is no interpretation or specificity of sound.

  • Somewhat: at this stage, we'd always recommend hand washing and air dry:

    Although the electronics seem to be able to handle it, conductive thread corrodes and loses some conductivity with each wash; tumble wash and dry can be harsh on your connections (unless you coat the entire thread with puffy fabric paint.

    An alternative is to sew the electronics unto a removable piece that you can then attach to your garment, and remove as needed. As always, remove the battery first.

  • This is Nwanua from Aniomagic... sorry for the confusion.

    It's (b) a post-2013 Chiclet being sold. The video for the pre-2014 Sparkle is still valid (for now), since from a user's perspective, you take this Chiclet, hook it up, and program it as Dia shows. Of course we'll need a new video.

    Chiclet functions just like (a) a pre-2014 Sparkle, in that you program it the same way, and connect it to the lightboards and sensors with two wires. A bit of history: pre-2014 Sparkle had two modes: it could control regular LEDS through PWM, OR it could communicate with smart LEDs (we call them lightboards) and sensors using a one-wire protocol that provides power and data. This turned out to be rather confusing, so we've made things worse by splitting the functionality up.

    We need to get some new videos up showing the different uses, emphasizing that although Sparkle pre-2014 could be used for lightboards and LEDs, post-2014 Sparkle is only for regular LEDs. Use Chiclet for sensors and lightboards.

  • Congratulations Nate!

    It's really awesome to see SparkFun expand and continue to grow. As always, you've shared a tremendous amount of detail that shows other folks like me just what is possible, if we put our minds to it. All the best, and I look forward to seeing the new place come up!


  • You don't need a special app. We've been flashing code to our e-textiles microcontroller boards for years using javascript. http://www.aniomagic.com/program

    Works in pretty much any modern web browser (so not for old phones, I guess), but still, you write it once, and it runs wherever. Would be a good fit for them if you ask me, since they're doing a lot of server-side stuff.

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