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ShawnHymel

Member Since: August 12, 2013

Country: United States

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Role

Engineering Superhero

Programming Languages

C, C++, CUDA, LabVIEW, MATLAB

Universities

  • Virginia Tech (2009-2011)
  • Rose-Hulman (2002-2006)

Expertise

Embedded systems, board layout, firmware, and mad soldering skillz.

Interests

Electronics and gadgets and stuff. Nerd stuff. Outside of that, swing dancing whenever I can.

Websites

shawnhymel.com

We run several SBCs through their paces and compare their performances.

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A call to viewers across the world to join AVC and control one of the robots.

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Let's celebrate Thomas Edison's birthday and talk about our Edison Blocks and some information on how to get started with the Intel Edison.

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I met Reagan at Maker Faire New York, and I ask him some questions about his recent project: an animatronic Jackal helmet from Stargate.

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Guest blog post by Arnoud Buzing of Wolfram Research on using the Edison and SparkFun Blocks to make a pendulum monitor.

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I share my designs for my new electronics workbench and go over some of the design decisions for it. I also cover what makes triangles more stable than squares.

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Overview of the related M2X Learn tutorial, which walks users through the process of connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X service.

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In this three-part video series, I show users how to setup their Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, connect a humidity and temperature sensor, and Tweet the results on a regular basis using Python.

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Designs for a custom, DIY electronics workbench, and some lessons I learned in the process.

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Why do we feel a tingle when we lick a 9V battery?

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How to create a Twitter monitor in Python and flash an LED using a Raspberry Pi.

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Why the voltage rating on capacitors matters and why you should derate them.

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Single Board Computer Benchmarks

July 31, 2015

How to set up different benchmarking programs on single board computers or computing modules and run them. The results for various generations are shown on the subsequent pages.
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SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison - Pi Block

July 28, 2015

Tutorial on setting up and using the Pi Block for Intel Edison.

Lockitron Hardware Hookup Guide

July 14, 2015

How to connect the Lockitron to an Arduino Pro Mini and control it with 2 buttons.

ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor Hookup Guide

July 9, 2015

How to connect and use the SparkFun ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor with an Arduino.

Electric Imp Breakout Hookup Guide

June 25, 2015

An electric imp HUG! Provides an overview of the imp card and breakout. Both hardware and firmware subjects are covered.

Large Digit Driver Hookup Guide

June 25, 2015

Getting started guide for the Large Digit display driver board. This tutorial explains how to solder the module (backpack) onto the back of the large 7-segment LED display and run example code from an Arduino.

Assembly Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis

May 28, 2015

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

Experiment Guide for RedBot with Shadow Chassis

May 28, 2015

This Experiment Guide offers nine experiments to get you started with the SparkFun RedBot. This guide is designed for those familiar with our SparkFun Inventors Kit and want to take their robotics knowledge to the next level.

Sound Page Guide

May 22, 2015

How to use the Lilypad MP3 Player and some Bare Conductive Paint to make a fandom silhouette sound trigger page.

How to Solder - Castellated Mounting Holes

May 12, 2015

Tutorial showing how to solder castellated holes (or castellations). This might come in handy if you need to solder a module or PCB to another PCB. These castellations are becoming popular with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth modules.

BadgerHack

March 12, 2015

This tutorial shows users how to solder their SXSW 2015 SparkFun badges as well as put them to use in other projects.

Loading Debian (Ubilinux) on the Edison

December 5, 2014

How to load a Debian distribution (specifically Ubilinux) onto the Edison.

mbed Starter Kit Experiment Guide

November 27, 2014

This Experiment Guide will get you started with the wonderful world of mbed microcontrollers. Need to find that next step after mastering the Arduino? This a great place to take those skills to the next level.

APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sensor Hookup Guide

November 6, 2014

Getting started guide for the Avago APDS-9960 color, proximity, and gesture sensor.

Using AT&T's M2X With the CC3000

September 2, 2014

A set of tutorials and examples to show how to connect an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X data streams. We show how to post, fetch, and delete data. The final lesson is controlling an LED from an M2X stream.

CC3000 Hookup Guide

April 3, 2014

Getting started guide for the CC3000 shield and breakout board.

Getting Started with the BrickPi

February 20, 2014

How to connect Lego Mindstorms to the Raspberry Pi using the BrickPi.

USB Type A Female Breakout Hookup Guide

February 13, 2014

An above-and-beyond example using the USB Type A Female Breakout board.

AT42QT1010 Capacitive Touch Breakout Hookup Guide

December 12, 2013

Learn how to use the simple AT24QT1010 Capacitive Touch Breakout.

INA169 Breakout Board Hookup Guide

November 20, 2013

How to interface with the INA169 Breakout Board to measure current.

Raspberry Pi Twitter Monitor

November 19, 2013

How to use a Raspberry Pi to monitor Twitter for hashtags and blink an LED.

Getting Started with Edison - Ep. 6

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Getting Started with Edison Part 6: Temperature Sensor video

ZX Gesture and Distance Sensor Hookup Guide

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Extra components needed for the [ZX Sensor Hookup Guide](https:/…

Lockitron Hookup Guide

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Extra components needed for the [Lockitron Hookup Guide](https:/…

Electric Imp Hookup Guide

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Extra materials needed for the [Electric Imp Hookup Guide](https…

IoT Airlock

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Parts used in the Lockitron demo: [https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Sound Page Kit

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Parts needed for the Sound Page Kit.

Large Digit Driver Hookup Guide

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Parts list required for the [Large Digit Driver Hookup Guide](ht…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 8: Temperature Logging

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 8…

TEI '15 Workshop

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List of parts to get you started with logging temperature/humidi…

APDS-9960 Hookup Guide

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List of materials needed for the [APDS-9960 RGB and Gesture Sens…

M2X Tutorial - Temperature Data Logging

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Parts needed for connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T's M2X …

M2X Tutorial - Controlling a Device

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M2X Tutorial - Fetching Data

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mbed Starter Kit - Part 10: Hardware Soundboard

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 1…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 9: PWM Sounds

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 9…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 7: USB Device

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 7…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 6: USB Host and Threading

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 6…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 4: Accelerometer

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 4…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 5: Internet Clock

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 5…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 3: Graphic LCD

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 3…

mbed Starter Kit - Part 2: Buttons and PWM

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The parts listed are required for the [mbed Starter Kit - Part 2…

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 3

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as per m…

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 2

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as per m…

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 1

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as per m…

Party Button

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This is the wishlist for the Party Button that we'll be making o…