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Member Since: October 8, 2008

Country: United States

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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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Technical Support

Organizations

Sparkfun Electronics, Future Fighter Productions

Spoken Languages

English, l33t, 011000100110100101101110011000010111001001111001

Universities

Front Range Community College Red Rocks Fire Academy/ Emergency Medical Services Academy Hard knocks

Expertise

Arduino, Robotics, Xbee, RFID

Interests

Video Games, Music production, circuit bending, slack lining, bouldering

Websites

Tech Desk Tid Bits My personal blog, generally discussing Arduino, with a slight hint of general geekery

http://www.instructables.com/member/thebadfrank/ I have posts on Instructables

Publications

Tech Desk Tid Bits (www.techdesktidbits.com)

My Instructables

All hail Tech Support!

If you've ever had one of your gadgets malfunction, you might already know that SparkFun works hard to provide high quality technical support. What you might not know is that our support team is made up of just five dedicated, talented, and geeky gurus, who handle technical questions for the…

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Makerbot

If you're anything like me, and haven't come out from the workshop in a while, you might want to take note. There is less than a week until Christmas. I know, I was shocked too. I mean are you kidding? This year just flew past. In the past year, SparkFun has attended numerous MakerFaires…

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  • Product COM-11647 | about 3 weeks ago

    Not sure why you are still running into issues. We sent out a freshly programmed and tested unit for your replacement. It passed all tests and programming here. We’ll keep working with you over email to figure this out and get you up and running!

  • Product COM-10799 | about a month ago

    They would not be bright enough for that. Sorry. You might try these, https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12014 The power supply in a thing o matic is easy enough to pull some 12V power lines from

  • Product KIT-10684 | about 3 months ago

    Hi, Considering that relay can push 8 amps, you might have a time when a heat sink is needed. However the heat sink you are looking at is not specifically designed for this relay. It may work fairly well, but when the datasheet mentions the optional accessory heat sink, the one you are looking at is not that specific part. It is simply a universal sink that works in most scenarios. I hope that helps!

  • Product ROB-11162 | last year

    If you are experiencing power issues with your Iracer, it may have a battery that has been drained below the proper level.

    What you need to do is to take 5V (can be pulled from the charger) and apply it to the battery terminals directly in order to jumpstart the LiPo’s protection circuit. After doing this for about 5-10 times with a second delay between each time, I would try charging the i-Racer again. What you are doing is trying to “jump” start the battery again so it can hold a charge. The protection circuit on the board believes that the battery is dead, and jumpstarting it resets the protection circuit. This has been found to fix a number of Iracers power issues.

  • Product PRT-09916 | about a year ago

    They are in fact a right angle connector. Thanks

  • Product LCD-11612 | about a year ago

    Unfortunately, no. It comes with a car adapter a wall adapter and some video cables. It doesn’t include a mini HDMI cable sadly. And it only comes with a standard North Anerican power plug set.

  • Product LCD-11612 | about a year ago

    Interesting idea. I hadn’t thought of that. I will see what I can see.

  • Product LCD-11612 | about a year ago

    I’m not exactly sure how it would handle noisy signal. There is a blue screen that shows up for a few seconds when there is no signal. The screen will then turn itself off until signal is detected.

    As for lag, for what it’s worth, I plugged it into the cable box HDMI and felt it was just as responsive as my 42" Samsung. It’s picture and audio is pretty solid too.

  • Product COM-11272 | about a year ago

    Actually I think the first line would work fine and then depending on the power capability you would see a degrading performance the farther you go down the chain. I have more data hiding in my old emails somewhere. If you want to discuss this more in depth I would be more than happy to start an email thread with you. Just shoot me an email at techsupport@sparkfun.com

  • Product SEN-08630 | about a year ago

    Hi, We will be happy to look into this. However it appears that we don’t have access to that information. We will certainly be happy to share any information that we may find. Just contact us at TechSupport@Sparkfun.com

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