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Single T

Member Since: October 8, 2008

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I am the Technical Support Manager at Sparkfun Electronics. If you have needed some help with your widget at Sparkfun, you have likely talked to me at one point or the other. I’m a tinkerer by nature. For as long as I can remember I have been taking things apart to see what was inside. I may not have known what made them work. But I knew that I loved all of the wires, and circuit boards, components that went into electronics. I am now beginning to understand what makes these things come to life. My experiments with electronics now range from wireless communication networks, to robotics. Competing in the international robotics competition, Robothon 2009 in Seattle Wa. I prepared two bots. 1 competing in both Line Follower, and Line Follower Obstacle. And the second in Mini Sumo (500Gram Class). The Line Follower robot took second place in the obstacle course. I don’t claim to be an expert of electronics. However, I have come across a fair share of information in my work at Sparkfun. And now I hope to pass this info on to you. Enjoy


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  • Hi, A WS2811 is the name of the driver on it’s own. A WS2812 is the name for a LED with the driver built in. So you are some what correct. However, I do believe this would still fall under a 2812 as it has the LED attached.

  • We have been reconditioning these sensors for a number of years now. All units of this sensor go through the reconditioning process in our custom built humidor. If you find that your sensor readings are off, you may still want to follow this process yourself to recondition the sensor again.

  • http://playground.boxtec.ch/lib/exe/detail.php/wireless/esp8266-pinout_etch_copper_top.png?id=wireless%3Aesp8266

  • Hi, I tested the factory reset just the other day. It works well if you add a button between GPIO4 and VCC. That will allow easy button presses to do the reset command. GPIO is internally pulled low. So we need to have it pulled high on power up to initiate the reset sequence.

    The command goes like this 1) GPIO must be pulled high on power up. (Red LED will blink 2-3 times) 2) GPIO LOW 3) GPIO HIGH 4) GPIO LOW 5) GPIO HIGH (Red LED blinks 3 times)

  • Hi everyone. We didn’t get rid of the Friday New Product Post videos. Robert is on a short vacation and then off to the Robogames to compete. We’ll have more official product post videos in the future. There will also be weeks when you just hear from one of our awesome Creative Technologists about the cool new product of the week.

    One thing is for sure, have no fear, the beard will be back.

  • You can easily replace a DIP package chip if it goes bad. A SMD chip is a lot harder to repair.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about the trouble that you have run into. I want to assure you that we will be happy to help you with this issue. You aren’t stuck with an $80 brick. Please contact us at techsupport@sparkfun.com and we’ll be happy to help. One of our technicians is testing a card now to see if we run into the same issues. This seems out of the ordinary as compared to the expected operation.

  • Hi, If you have not already contacted us directly, please contact techsupport @ sparkfun.com It sounds like you were accidentally shipped a roll of a different product. We’ll be happy to straighten that out for you.

  • http://tronixstuff.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/tutorial-arduino-and-the-msgeq7-spectrum-analyzer/

    Hi, Have you tried the code found in this tutorial? Since you have 2 units that are both acting incorrectly, it is likely a code error. Thanks

  • MAC

    Sorry guys, it’s not compatible with Macs at the time of this posting.

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