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Mister Chris

Member Since: December 20, 2008

Country: United States



I've got to figure out how to write these things. ::thinking:: I love to learn.


Entrepreneur, Artist, Technician, Inventor, Constant Learner

Spoken Languages

Spoken? Just English... for now. I can understand a smidgen of Spanish

Programming Languages

Currently learning C, Css, and HTML




Alumni - California State University Northridge


High Speed Imaging, Photography, Digital Image Retouching & Restoration, Sports Medicine, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Superheroes... I look forward to adding to this later.


Tinkering, Making things better, Halo 3, Inking, Coloring, Researching, Music (Listening, writing and playing), Woodwork, Track and Field, Soccer, Learning, Crochet, Comics, Personal Electronics, Power/Strength Training, Reading, How Super Powers work:)


Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Photoshop User Magazine, Makezine,

  • Awesome project Nathan! Is there any chance of someone making a thorough guide for this or the custom Lidar board being made available for purchase?

  • I got 99 problems but a Kiss ain't one... chip me. Or:) I got 99 problems but a Chip ain't one... Kiss me.

  • Hey Robert, do you mind sharing where you sourced the pulse sensor from?

  • I'm in southern California and would sign up in a hot second for a teleclass. I look forward to visiting Sparkfun, but an option like that would be wonderful.

  • Hey Nate, this is an awesome walk through. Can you recommend clear example code/wiring diagrams for a beginner (that would be me) to get the Musical Instrument Shield up and running?
    The Friday Product Post from April 8th 2011 was an great example of the direction I'd like to go. But there seem to be a few more steps when programing with this shield when compared to the simple projects I've created with just my duemilanove.
    I'm jumping in using the example code on the product page as well as parsing the code you have shared from this cool project:) Any additional help is very much appreciated.

  • Outstanding idea!! The flow and audio of the tutorial are great. The visuals are demonstrative, clear, and concise. I think this is a solid video style to build on.
    I know there has to be a balance between information and simplicity for these tutorials, but I tend to lean towards "the more info the better":) That said, I'd suggest slipping in a little more info when appropriate (like anode and cathode for the LED in addition to the info on polarized) so beginners like myself can learn proper terminology. If there are other skills required to complete the project (i.e. soldering, hacking simon board), you could include links to other tutorials you think do a great job of demonstrating those skills (should you choose not to make a tutorial yourself).
    Will the video tutorials be limited to kits, or will individual components get the same treatment? (fingers crossed:)
    A few tutorials I'd love to see... (combined with Arduino platform)
    Xbee + XBee Explorer Regulated
    ID-12 RFID (with breakout board)
    Force Sensors
    Flex Sensors

  • Can you name the song/artist that plays when the trackballer lights up? It was also at the end of the pogo bed video:) Very groovy.

  • The datasheet list a read range of up to 25cm using an external antenna, but I haven't been able to locate one on Sparkfun. (I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for to be honest, so I'm off to search a series of tubes:) Does Sparkfun sell an external antenna compatible with the ID-1?

  • YES. The toggle switch/safety cover is now my preferred method of On and Off. Well, the toggle or the giant red button:)

  • This is why I love Sparkfun:) I have searched high and low for this type of complete workshop, and thanks to you folks at Sparkfun it finally exist. Living in southern California has its perks, but being so far away from Boulder and your classes definitely ticks a box in the "against" column. I'm not yet able to fly out to Colorado every monday:) but Sparkfun Summer School is definitely going on my Attend in the Future List.
    I'm not sure in teleconferencing is a viable option for what you have set up, but is there a possibility of recording audio/video of the classes and packaging/selling the workshop as a media product? (Download, physical media, iTunesU, etc.)

No public wish lists :(