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Shawn Hymel

Member Since: August 12, 2013

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Have you been curious about trying Python on a microcontroller? The ESP32 is a great way to start!

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Our newest (sorta-Python-related) tutorial shows you a few ways to run a script whenever a Raspberry Pi boots up.

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In the latest Python tutorial series, we look at loading MicroPython onto six different microcontroller development boards.

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We've updated our popular "Raspberry Pi SPI and I2C Tutorial" with some Python examples.

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If you're looking to make your own dashboard or slick graphical interface, Python can help you out with the Tkinter package.

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Whether you are teaching a class or want to create a dashboard to plot sensor data, the matplotlib Python package has you covered! We introduce a new guide that walks you through the basics of using matplotlib.

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A new guide shows you how to enable remote desktop on your Raspberry Pi.

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A quick look at the default IDEs that come with the Raspbian for developing Python applications.

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In this tutorial, we show you how to design a project enclosure with Tinkercad and then make it on a 3D printer.

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By default, the Raspberry Pi is used like a computer, where you need a keyboard, mouse and monitor. Here are some other ways to configure it.

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A review of an extremely useful device to help you with soldering.

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We wanted to get you started on a high tech prank that's sure to annoy your friends and coworkers. We combine an Arduino Pro Micro with a USB Male connector to create a hardware mouse jiggler.

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Let's continue digging deeper into Arduino to see what's really going on with registers.

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Let's continue with the crystal anniversary theme by looking at liquid crystals!

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We reached out to some longtime customers and fans of SparkFun to see what they were working on 10-15 years ago.

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In order to use more advanced features or optimize our code for space and speed, we need to understand how to work with registers directly in microcontrollers.

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Let's recap a fun DIY build from last month and examine how those infamous Imperial hover bikes were made for "Return of the Jedi."

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We've compiled a list of all the Arduino-compatible boards that SparkFun sells. Choose wisely.

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Let's take the SparkFun Inventor's Kit to the next level with some more projects!

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With all the information needed to construct a combat bot, let's actually build one!

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It's the end of summer, so let's see what people made before school started!

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We bring back Jamie to give us some design tips when creating a 3D-printed plastic ant bot.

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We get a combat bot veteran to talk about the different weapon types for fighting robots.

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We can use digital magnetic field detectors as a compass to give our robot an absolute heading.

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Let's gaze upward and look at how some of those nifty satellites can give us position data.

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It's Monday, and that means it's time for Adventures in Science! This week, we dive into the mysterious world of rotary encoders.

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Let's take a look at how LIDAR works and how we can use it in robots.

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Let's look back at June and see some of the cool things people made.

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Let's compile some Getting Started lessons for the micro:bit.

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Time for the ever-popular loops discussion! We look at the three basic loops you can use in Arduino.

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Let's take a look at three current and upcoming technologies that try to expand internet coverage to places where WiFi can't reach.

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Building on our last Arduino programming episode, we look at creating compound conditional statements using logic operators.

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I'll show you how to use Yahoo's free Weather API.

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We're back to exploring programming basics, and this week: if/else statements!

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Five of my favorite slick DIY projects that somehow relate to IoT

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Someone has been stealing my sandwiches. We'll use the two-way radio communication on the micro:bit to catch the thief.

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For Part 3 of the "Getting started with micro:bit" series, we read temperature from a built-in sensor and rotate a servo.

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For part 2 of Getting Started with micro:bit, we create a virtual Magic 8 Ball.

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The BBC micro:bit is being released in the United States! I'll show you how to get started with it using Microsoft's MakeCode block editor.

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The tech news world has been buzzing with the recent congressional vote to overturn FCC privacy rules that were passed last year. We look at how ISPs can access and use data from your IoT devices.

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I create a Yagi antenna out of Popsicle sticks and paperclips and use it to measure connection strength (RSSI) to WiFi access points.

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How to use the various math operators and compound assignment operators in C/C++.

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MicroPython Programming Tutorial: Getting Started with the ESP32 Thing

September 26, 2018

MicroPython is an implementation and subset of the Python 3 programming language that can be used on microcontrollers. This guide will walk you through writing MicroPython programs for the ESP32 Thing development board.

How to Run a Raspberry Pi Program on Startup

September 18, 2018

In this tutorial, we look at various methods for running a script or program automatically whenever your Raspberry Pi (or other Linux computer) boots up.

How to Load MicroPython on a Microcontroller Board

September 4, 2018

This tutorial will show you how to load the MicroPython interpreter onto a variety of development boards.

Python GUI Guide: Introduction to Tkinter

August 13, 2018

Tkinter is the standard graphical user interface package that comes with Python. This tutorial will show you how to create basic windowed applications as well as complete full-screen dashboard examples complete with live graph updates from matplotlib.

Graph Sensor Data with Python and Matplotlib

July 23, 2018

Use matplotlib to create a real-time plot of temperature data collected from a TMP102 sensor connected to a Raspberry Pi.

How to Use Remote Desktop on the Raspberry Pi with VNC

July 9, 2018

Use RealVNC to connect to your Raspberry Pi to control the graphical desktop remotely across the network.

Python Programming Tutorial: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi

June 27, 2018

This guide will show you how to write programs on your Raspberry Pi using Python to control hardware.

LIDAR-Lite v3 Hookup Guide

May 16, 2018

A tutorial for connecting the Garmin LIDAR-Lite v3 or the LIDAR-Lite v3HP to an Arduino to measure distance.

Getting Started with 3D Printing Using Tinkercad

April 30, 2018

Tinkercad is a great, easy-to-use online modeling software that can have you 3D printing quickly. This tutorial will walk you through designing a simple project enclosure.

Headless Raspberry Pi Setup

April 23, 2018

Configure a Raspberry Pi without a keyboard, mouse, or monitor.

Setting up a Raspberry Pi 3 as an Access Point

April 23, 2018

This guide will show you how to configure a Raspberry Pi as an access point and connect it to your local Ethernet network to share Internet to other WiFi devices.

Tech Prank: Hardware Mouse Jiggler

March 12, 2018

Create an innocuous-looking USB stick with an Arduino Pro Micro and a 3D printed case that moves your mouse pointer randomly every few seconds. Sure to anger your coworkers and friends!

AT42QT101X Capacitive Touch Breakout Hookup Guide

January 25, 2018

Learn how to use the simple SparkFun AT42QT1010 and AT42QT1011 capacitive touch breakout boards.

Clap On Lamp

November 28, 2017

Modify a simple desk lamp to respond to a double clap (or other sharp noise) using parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0.

Endless Runner Game

November 28, 2017

We make a simple side-scrolling endless runner game using parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0.

Light-Seeking Robot

November 28, 2017

We use parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0 to create a light-seeking robot that mimics the behavior of single-celled organisms.

Wireless Motor Driver Shield Hookup Guide

August 17, 2017

Get started with the SparkFun Wireless Motor Driver Shield!

ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor SMD Hookup Guide

June 1, 2017

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

micro:bit Breakout Board Hookup Guide

May 11, 2017

How to get started with the micro:bit breakout board.

Roshamglo Project: TV-B-Gone

March 12, 2017

Turn your Roshamglo board into a (nearly) universal TV power button.

Hack Your Roshamglo Badge

March 12, 2017

Learn how to customize and program your Roshamglo badge.

How to Install an ATtiny Bootloader With Virtual USB

February 14, 2017

With this, you will be able to upload Arduino sketches directly to the ATtiny84 over USB without needing to use a programming device (such as another Arduino or FTDI chip).

Importing Custom Images into Eagle

December 5, 2016

How to create custom graphics and import them into Eagle for silk, copper, etc.

Internet of Things Experiment Guide

November 23, 2016

The SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board is a powerful development platform that lets you connect your hardware projects to the Internet. In this guide, we show you how to combine some simple components to remotely log temperature data, send yourself texts and control lights from afar.

Vox Imperium: Stormtrooper Voice Changer

October 25, 2016

Add some flair to your Imperial uniform by changing your voice using a Teensy 3.2 and Prop Shield.

Experiment Guide for the Johnny-Five Inventor's Kit

June 28, 2016

Use the Tessel 2 and the Johnny Five Inventors kit to explore the world of JavaScript enabled hardware through 14 awesome experiments!

ASCII

June 13, 2016

A brief history of how ASCII came to be, how it's useful to computers, and some helpful tables to convert numbers to characters.

Sparcade: Edison as a Web Server for Browser Games

May 19, 2016

Turn the Intel® Edison into an access point that serves a simple browser-based game. High scores from the game are displayed on a character LCD.

Measuring Internal Resistance of Batteries

May 5, 2016

Classroom STEM activity that has students build a battery from a lemon, measure the open and closed circuit voltages, and determine the battery's internal resistance.

What is a Battery?

May 3, 2016

An overview of the inner workings of a battery and how it was invented.

SIK Keyboard Instrument

April 15, 2016

We can use the parts and concepts in the SparkFun Invetor's Kit to make a primitive keyboard instrument.

SparkFun LED Array (8x7) Hookup Guide

March 10, 2016

Getting started with the Charlieplexed 8x7 LED array.

BadgerHack: Gaming Add-On Kit

February 16, 2016

Make a Breakout clone with the BadgerHack Gaming Add-On Kit.

Using an LCD on the Edison

February 8, 2016

How to connect an LCD controlled by an ILI9341 driver to the Intel® Edison.

Interactive Smart Mirror

February 8, 2016

Build a smart mirror that displays weather data using the Intel® Edison.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Edison Experiment Guide

December 17, 2015

Learn how to harness the power of the Intel® Edison using JavaScript to post data to the cloud, control electronics from smartphones, and host web pages that interact with circuits.

Raspberry Pi SPI and I2C Tutorial

October 29, 2015

Learn how to use serial I2C and SPI buses on your Raspberry Pi using the wiringPi I/O library for C/C++ and spidev/smbus for Python.

BadgerHack

September 23, 2015

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

SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison - 9 Degrees of Freedom Block

August 19, 2015

A quick overview of the features of the 9 Degrees of Freedom Block.

SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison - Pi Block

July 28, 2015

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

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.

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 who are familiar with our SparkFun Inventor's Kit and want to take their robotics knowledge to the next level.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plastic Ants Demo

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Parts list for plastic ant combat bot build. The recommended...

Getting Started with Edison - Ep. 7

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Parts used in the Getting Started with Intel Edison episode...

Sound Page Kit

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Parts needed for the Sound Page Kit.

Party Button

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This is the wishlist for the Party Button that we’ll be...

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 2

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as...

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 1

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as...

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi - Ep. 3

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Components needed to get started with the Raspberry Pi, as...

M2X Tutorial - Fetching Data

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Parts needed for connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T’s...

M2X Tutorial - Temperature Data Logging

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Parts needed for connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T’s...

M2X Tutorial - Controlling a Device

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Parts needed for connecting an Arduino and CC3000 to AT&T’s...

Getting Started with Edison - Ep. 6

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Getting Started with Edison Part 6: Temperature Sensor video

TEI '15 Workshop

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List of parts to get you started with logging...

Raspberry Pi 3 Accessories

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Recommended products for the Raspberry Pi 3.

CarHUD

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Make a simple HUD for your car. Reads and displays speed in...

BAC Lager

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Parts used in the BAC Sensor video.