Emcee Grady

Member Since: November 13, 2008

Country: United States



When I trip (which is rare), I rebound with force equal to that with which I fell.


Supreme Protector of the Written Word Designer of Leather Evening Wear


SparkFun Electronics

Spoken Languages

English Basic Spanish Advanced Elven


My associates have asked not to be named.


University of Notre Dame Mrs. Feliz’s 1st Grade Honor Section


I am an expert in all trades, jack of none.


Elegant paper-miche arrangements, prizzly hunting, salmon tracking




I write a good chunk of the homepage posts on SparkFun, so there’s that.

New Tutorials To Get Your Learn On!

If you haven’t been over to our education site in a while - well, you’re missing out! Our Department of Education has been hard at work on new workshops, resources and more. We’ve also revamped our entire tutorial system to make it more user friendly and easier to find the topic…

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Engineering Roundtable - Interactive Hanging LED Array

In today’s episode of “Engineering Roundtable,” SparkFun Creative Technologist Nick Poole is here with his Interactive Hanging Lightbulb Array. This project started as the brainchild of Nick and our videographer Gregg and grew into an impressive art installation that is housed in…

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April Caption Contest Winner

Last week, we posted our monthly caption contest and you responded with great aplomb. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and today we have just that. So without further ado, here is this month’s winner: You’ll notice, our new model is black, with a yellow border. Congrats…

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Join Us at USASEF in D.C.

In just a few weeks, we’ll be heading east to attend the United States Science & Engineering Festival (a.k.a. USASEF). USASEF is the largest STEM education event in the country and we are very excited. This is a reminder that we are hosting a few events that are free to anyone attending…

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Reminder: SparkFun Live - Temperature Sensing Lunchbox

Don’t forget - today starting at 3 p.m. MT, we are airing the latest episode of “SparkFun Live!” In today’s episode, Evan will build his temperature sensing lunchbox. Here is the preview video for more info on his build: If you didn’t get your parts, don’t worry -…

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April Caption Contest

It’s time again for your monthly caption contest! The rules are simple: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13. Captions submitted any other…

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Join Us at Mini Maker Faire Denver

Denver’s first-ever Maker Faire will take place on May 3rd & 4th, 2014 at the National Western Complex - and SparkFun will be there! We’ll be teaching beginning soldering at our world famous-ish soldering booth - we hope you can join us! Our soldering booth in action. As a friend of…

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April Fool's Prank Contest Winners!

It’s April Fool’s Day! Today we’re not going to try to convince you Pete built a time machine or sell you a magic blue smoke refilling kit. Rather, today is the day we announce the winners of the SparkFun April Fool’s Day Prank Contest! If you missed the announcement - here…

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Happy Arduino Day!

EDIT: 3/30/2014 Midnight - Arduino Day is over! If you placed a backorder on March 29th then don’t worry about settling your balance right away. We’ll get in touch with you when payment is due! Also, if you contacted Customer Service before the Arduino Day sale ended please be patient and…

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McGuckin and SparkFun Workshop This Weekend!

This coming Saturday, SparkFun and local business McGuckin Hardware are teaming up to offer Boulder-area residents a crash-course in beginner soldering. Join us on Saturday, March 29th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at McGuckin Hardware at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. in sunny Boulder, Colorado. We’ll be working…

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SparkFun April Fool's Prank Contest

We love a good prank. The build up, the suspense - the final moments…it’s just so much fun. Today we want to invite you to participate in the SparkFun April Fool’s Prank Contest. Watch the video for more details: Did you watch? No? Ok, well here are the rules or those who prefer…

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March Caption Contest Winner

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You may notice a few changes around the SparkFun site - we encourage you to poke around! Now, no more time wasting - let’s talk caption contest! Flash mob practice at Sparkfun - “Ok, one more time. Pivot… Step… Jazz hand!” Congratulations to…

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Building an Auduino Step Sequencer

I know what you’re thinking - “You spelled ‘Arduino’ wrong!” But no so fast! What you see below is the Auduino Step Sequencer - an Arduino-based synthesizer that’ll have you up and dubstepping in no time! This project comes to you via SparkFun Creative…

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Your March Caption Contest

Think you’ve got what it takes? Follow these simple rules for your shot at glory! Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13. Captions…

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RedBot Class!

The SparkFun RedBot is our entry-level robotics kit designed to teach the basics of two motor robotics and sensor integration. It’s a great kit for someone who is looking to get started with robotics! Today we would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming RedBot Class taking place on…

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Check out the LIDAR-Lite Distance Sensor

When you’re building a robot, quadcopter or other project and object avoidance or distance sensing is imperative to your success, finding the right sensor can be a bit tricky. Today, we want to share a brilliant new sensor from the folks over at Pulsed Light - the LIDAR-Lite. The LIDAR-Lite is…

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February Caption Contest

It’s time again for your monthly caption contest! The rules are simple: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13. Captions submitted any other…

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ElectriCute - Elastolite Tattoo

In today’s episode of “ElectriCute,” Creative Technologist Nick and Techstyle Specialist Dia build an awesome light-up temporary tattoo made with an Elastolite Panel. If you’re looking to start working with Elastolite - our flexible, waterproof EL material - this is a great…

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SparkFun Live! - Random Pick-up Line Generator

Finding love can be hard. But worry not - SparkFun’s got your back. On February 3rd, 2014 at 3 p.m. MT, we’ll be airing the next episode of “SparkFun Live!” In this edition, SparkFun Engineer Toni will guide you through building a random pick-up line generator that will be…

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Calling All Colorado Makers! Denver Mini Maker Faire

On May 3-4, 2014, Maker Faire is coming to Denver - and we’ll be there! That’s right, Denver is having its first ever Mini Maker Faire and SparkFun Electronics is sponsoring the event. Today we’d like to invite you to join us! This is the official call to arms to all Colorado-area…

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Introducing the SIK Capstone Contest

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (or SIK) is one of our favorite teaching tools. Over the years, we’ve seen some amazing projects built using SIK parts that go beyond the circuits we’ve designed. This contest is aimed specifically at teachers/educators that use the SIK in their…

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Tearing Down the Nest Protect

You probably know Nest Labs - the tech company focused on “reinventing unloved but important home products.” You’ve probably seen them in the news recently as they were just purchased by Google for $3.2 billion USD. Nest is best known for their smart WiFi-enabled thermostat.…

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Your SparkFun January Caption Contest Is Here!

It’s time for the January edition of the SparkFun caption contest! The rules are as follows: Leave your best caption to the photo below in the comments section. The comments section is the only way to enter the contest. We will accept entries from the time this post goes live until January…

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2014 SparkFun Class Listings

It’s the start of a new year, which means a fresh slate of educational offerings here at SparkFun headquarters! Over the past year, the SparkFun educational team has been hard at work refining old classes and creating all kinds of new ones. Today we are excited to announce the official slate…

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Best SparkFun Videos of 2013

Over the past year, we’ve released somewhere in the neighborhood of 145 videos about all kinds of subjects, ranging from robotics to basics electronics theories. Odds are, you didn’t catch them all (maybe you did - in which case, nice work!) - so we’ve created a quick playlist with…

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SparkFun Live - The Party Button - Is Today!

Today is the day for another edition of SparkFun Live! You can find the live video at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time here. In today’s episode SparkFun Engineer Shawn Hymel will guide you through building his “party button.” You can learn more about his project in this preview video: If…

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Reminder: SparkFun Live! - The Party Button

This your final reminder! On Monday, January 6th at 5 p.m. (MT), we will be hosting our second episode of SparkFun Live! In this episode, follow along with SparkFun Engineer Shawn Hymel as he builds a “party button.” If you’d like to build your own, we’ve put together a…

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Innovating in Quality Control

Here at SparkFun, we have long prided ourselves on implementing uncommon solutions to common problems. Our hotplate reflow skillet method is one (in)famous example. Another is our pogo bed test jigs that we use to test every one of our designs. An array of pogo test jigs. Which brings us to…

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ElectriCute - Holiday Edition

Today, we have a special holiday edition of ElectriCute - our e-textiles specific video series starring our own wearables guru Dia Campbell. In today’s episode, Dia, Nick Poole and Baby Jenna create a “Krampus Stocking.” It’s a bit dark, but a pretty cool project. Check it…

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Prepare for Episode 2 of "SparkFun Live"

We received a great response to our last “SparkFun Live” video episode - so we’re doing it again! This time around, SparkFun Engineer Shawn Hymel will guide you through building a party button. What’s a party button, you ask? Check the video: The event will take place at 5…

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Christmas Candy Giveaway - While Supplies Last!

UPDATE: as of 7:30PM MST all 770 free Christmas Candy Pro Minis have been claimed! Thank you for participating and we hope to do more giveaways like this in the future! Welcome folks - it’s time for the Limited Edition Christmas Candy Arduino Pro Mini giveaway! The details are simple - on…

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Limited Edition Christmas Candy Pro Mini

A week from today (that’s December 18th, 2013), we are giving away delicious Christmas candy. Well, our version of Christmas candy (and it might not be delicious - in fact, we don’t recommend eating it). Behold, the Limited Edition Christmas Candy Arduino Pro Mini: The details are pretty…

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According to Pete - Transistor Biasing Configurations Part Deux

In last month’s edition of “According to Pete”, we discussed “transistor biasing configurations.” It’s a bit of, as Pete says, a “wacky” subject to get through in one video, so for your entertainment, we present to you “Transistor Biasing…

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Cyber Monday Is Upon Us!

Sound the trumpets, assemble your bannermen, and ready your keyboards - it’s Cyber Monday at SparkFun Electronics. That means we are offering some excellent deals throughout the day on your favorite electronics bits and pieces. The first deal is the simplest one - at checkout, enter the promo…

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One Week From Today - Cyber Monday

One week from today (December 2, 2013) is Cyber Monday - the day when internet retailers all over the…uh, internet…offer sales/discounts/specials. Well, SparkFun is an internet retailer and we want to join in on the fun! So here is our multi-faceted plan… From 12:00:01 a.m. MT…

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SparkFun 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like many of us here at SparkFun, holiday gift shopping is something you put off until the very last minute. Not this year though - this year, you are motivated and ready to go. But what to buy? Worry not - we’ve got the definitive gift guide for that geek on your list. So…

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Announcing AVC 2014!

If you’ve been immersed in your latest DIY project for the last couple weeks, you may have not noticed that the weather is officially starting to change and winter is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a winter project, now is the perfect time to start working on your vehicle…

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October Caption Contest

You probably thought we forgot! As October draws to a close and November looms large, it’s time for this month’s caption contest. The rules are as follows: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate.…

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Fritzler Farms Haunted Hotel

Last week, a small contingent of SparkFunions headed out to Fritzler Farms in LaSalle, Colorado. Since 2000, Fritzler Farms has been in the business of Halloween entertainment, with a haunted hotel, an awesome corn maze and a handful of other Halloween-ish activities (like the zombie hunt where you…

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According to Pete - PCB Layout Part II

In the last edition of “According to Pete,” our Director of Engineering Pete Dokter talked about his favorite tips and tricks for PCB design and layout. Many of you chimed in with your own helpful comments - if you haven’t checked out that post, it’s worth a read. In…

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NoCo Maker Faire - Your Final Reminder

This is our last reminder that this Saturday, October 5th, is the Northern Colorado Mini Maker Faire in Loveland, Colo.! SparkFun will be in attendance reppin' the DIY community - and we want you to join us! We are going to be running our (in)famous soldering workshops, teaching folks the basic…

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September Caption Contest Winner

Last week, we ran our monthly caption contest - and as promised, today we are announcing the winner. Here it is, in all its glory: He was told that he would stand out more if he surrounded himself with birdbrains. In a way, it was true. Congrats to our big winner, Sparkfun customer James Matthew. An…

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NoCo Mini Maker Faire Reminder

Next Saturday, October 5th, is the Northern Colorado (NoCo) Mini Maker Faire in Loveland, CO. If you have never been to a Maker Faire, it’s a great opportunity to see tons of cool projects, meet a bunch of interesting people, and have an all-around great time. The faire takes place at the…

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September Caption Contest

We’ve only got a week left in September (seriously!?) which means it’s time for a caption contest! The rules are the same as always, but here’s a refresher: Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem…

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Donation Day - Support Flood Relief Efforts

As you more than likely know, Colorado was hit hard by some intense flooding about a week and a half ago. The final toll is still being calculated, but several lives were lost and many, many millions of dollars in damage occurred. Around 2,000 homes were either completely lost or severely damaged…

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The Tethered Quad Tutorial

A few months back, Director of Education Lindsay Levkoff came up with the idea for SparkFun to create a “hacker-in-residence” program. We’d invite one (or two) of the amazingly smart and motivated people we’ve met over the years to spend a week or two at SparkFun building…

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According to Pete - PCB Layout Tips and Tricks

Over the years, we at SparkFun have laid out hundreds - nay, thousands - of PCB designs. Over time, we have come up with many tips and tricks that help make our lives a bit easier. Some of them you may already know, but some may be new - so today, we wanted to share them with you in this episode of…

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Geek Profile - Mike Grusin and SPACE!

A couple weeks ago, SparkFun decided to participate in YouTube’s Geek Week by creating some video profiles of SparkFun employees and their non-DIY-electronics-based interests. It turns out, some of the folks here at SparkFun have really fascinating hobbies! We got a lot of positive feedback on…

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Engineering Roundtable - The SpoolMaster 9000 with Paul

Over the last several years, E-textiles as a niche of DIY electronics has really expanded. As such, we offer a number of seweable electronics kits and products, many of which include a spool of conductive thread. Our kitters discovered that manually spooling the thread from large spools onto the…

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Your August Caption Contest

August is almost at the halfway point, marking the near-end of summer. With many schools here in Colorado already (or soon to be) back in session, we figured you might need a little pick-me-up to get over those end of summer blues. So here you have it, your August caption contest! First, the rules:…

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Hackers In Residence - The Tethered Quad

September 18th, 2013

Our first-ever "Hackers in Residence" Tara Tiger Brown and Sean Bonner created a quadcopter that stays tethered to the ground. Here's how they did it!
Name Pieces Total
Kits Kit
The prize for the January caption contest.
6 239.7
4 24.5
Thank You Display
11 204.45
Hacker On The Go
This is the kit for the electronics enthusiast on-the-go…
11 239
Maker Faire
11 517.45
Broke It? Fix It!
9 99.55
AVC 2012
5 409.75
6 133.7
West Coast Tour
7 1264.7
LED Testing Tweezers
Want to build your own tweezers to check your LEDs? This…
6 33.8
Onyx Ashanti's Beat Jazz System
7 134.65
Ultimate E-Textiles
3 78.85
BREAKFAST Lets Their Geek Shine
7 363.65
Makerspace Tools
The perfect tools for your new Makerspace.
9 303.55
6 65.8
2 89.9