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Nate

Member Since: August 14, 2006

Country: United States

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Bio

Nathan Seidle grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and transplanted himself to Colorado during college.

Role

Hand in every cookie jar (CEO)

Organizations

SparkFun Electronics

Spoken Languages

English and Datasheet

Programming Languages

C, VB, and evil Makefiles

Universities

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics - class of 2000 (Oklahoma City, OK), University of Colorado - class of 2004 (Boulder, CO).

Interests

Girl Robots - This is going to be the best prom ever. Crew, hiking, boxing, and the occasional snowboard jump.

Websites

www.sparkfun.com

If we've learned one thing at SparkFun it's that geeks love to talk about their projects! We can't wait to share what we've been cooking. Check out the pile of new products, sensors and breakout boards!

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It's not pretty but we've come up with a way to make I2C based libraries even more flexible. Now you can pass a software I2C port into a library!

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We've got the magnetic tile back in stock and the first boards made with Buzzard are in!

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Panelizer and CAMmer: More production tools with EAGLE to avoid silly mistakes.

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We make a lot of panels. Let's automate it!

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A Better Translation

Watch out, we’ve been translating technical English… How to install and edit the SparkFun English file for the Charm High software.

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Getting the Windows software installed

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From design to population in less than a minute!

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Leader Cheaters

How to add a leader to a cut tape using audio splicing tape.

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Unboxing the $2800 desktop pick and place machine.

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To celebrate our "crystal anniversary," here's a collection of the stories, blog posts, products and adventures from 15 years of making crazy things.

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Copyright and Monkeys

What does an image of a flexible display and a monkey have to do with each other?

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We put an escape room on a board.

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Wherein I felt the urge to respond to a recent WIRED article that hits close to home.

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A tour of our humble R&D abode and some of the projects we've been cooking.

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It's the next greatest thing to desktop spectroscopy.

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Want to talk to multiple I2C sensors but have only one address? No problem.

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Air quality has never been easier or more advanced.

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New Connector System

We're pleased to announce our new Qwiic system.

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What's in the box?! Opening a safe with a little intelligence and a little brute force.

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Copying Vail Resorts' UHF RFIDs based lift tickets.

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We use 0603 SMD packages but the electronics world uses much smaller sized components.

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I think you've got enough news feeds as it is

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Product 0

Getting the first product live

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Is your logo causing your silkscreen file to be huge?

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Step 1: Go

Setting up the SparkX lab.

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We use serial communication all the time. But why are we using multiples of 300?

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When writing a library, pass in I2C ports to make the library more useful on different platforms.

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Let's welcome Glenn Samala to his crazy new family.

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With an FEP, an FIR and a DP, we have a winner!

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Looking for information in the noise: a contest to crowdsource a better algorithm for accelerometer data.

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When things become sentient, it's good to be able to remotely kill power.

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It's time to get back to building crazy stuff.

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Spark IO changes their name. SparkFun and Particle partner to change the world.

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The dropping cost of LED bulbs is accelerating. We compare a few brands to see how they are approaching design and lower cost manufacturing.

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We want to update our customers on where we stand with the on-going Arduino saga.

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A simple non-spammy trick to double the speed you upload to your Arduino board.

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Few funding campaigns pull heartstrings while actually doing measurable good. Jerry, impressively, is doing both.

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A few photos and a breakdown of the first White House Maker Faire

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SparkFun gets invited to the White House Maker Faire!

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Fluke responds to our issue with US Customs seizing our shipment of multimeters over a trademark violation.

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SparkFun is forced to incinerate 2,000 multimeters because they are yellow.

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Vibe-O-Matic 3000

November 28, 2017

We attempt to emulate a car seat to ease a baby to sleep.

Beginner's Guide to KiCad

October 12, 2017

An in-depth tutorial covering schematic capture, PCB layout, library editing, and gerber generation using this amazing open source PCB creation tool.

Gas Pump Skimmers

September 6, 2017

Teardown of gas pump skimmers along with how to detect and block them.

Reading and Writing Serial EEPROMs

August 11, 2017

EEPROM is a great way to add extra memory to your microcontroller project. Wait 'til you see how easy it is to use!

Building a Safe Cracking Robot

March 29, 2017

How to crack an unknown safe in under an hour.

Arduino Weather Shield Hookup Guide V12

March 2, 2017

Read humidity, pressure and luminosity quickly and easily. Add wind speed, direction and rain gauge for full weather station capabilities.

RFID Basics

February 23, 2017

An overview of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

Simultaneous RFID Tag Reader Hookup Guide

February 23, 2017

A basic guide to getting started with the RFID Tag Reader breakout and how to read and write multiple RFID tags over multiple feet!

Serial Basic Hookup Guide

February 9, 2017

Get connected quickly with this Serial to USB adapter.

Lessons in Algorithms

December 21, 2016

Learn techniques on how to use Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters and other data-processing tools to turn data into information.

Building an Autonomous Vehicle: The Batmobile

December 6, 2016

Documenting a six-month project to race autonomous Power Wheels at the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) in 2016.

MAX30105 Particle and Pulse Ox Sensor Hookup Guide

December 1, 2016

The SparkFun MAX30105 Particle Sensor is a flexible and powerful sensor enabling sensing of distance, heart rate, particle detection, even the blinking of an eye. Get ready. Set. Shine!

OpenScale Applications and Hookup Guide

July 22, 2016

OpenScale allows you to have a permanent scale for industrial and biological applications. Learn how to use the OpenScale board to read and configure load cells.

How to Build a Remote Kill Switch

May 31, 2016

Learn how to build a wireless controller to kill power when things go... sentient.

OpenLog Hookup Guide

April 7, 2016

An introduction to working with the OpenLog data logger.

Alphanumeric GPS Wall Clock

January 26, 2015

This is a GPS controlled clock - a clock you truly never have to set! Using GPS and some formulas, we figure out what day of the week and if we are in or out of daylight savings time.

How to Use a Multimeter

January 9, 2015

Learn the basics of using a multimeter to measure continuity, voltage, resistance and current.

How Lithium Polymer Batteries are Made

May 28, 2014

We got the opportunity to tour the Great Power Battery factory. Checkout how LiPos are made!

How Chip-On-Boards are Made

May 28, 2014

COB or chip-on-board is a low cost way of soldering an IC to a PCB. Checkout this tutorial to see how it is done!

How LEDs are Made

May 28, 2014

We take a tour of a LED manufacturer and learn how PTH 5mm LEDs are made for SparkFun.

Weather Station Wirelessly Connected to Wunderground

April 11, 2014

Build your own open-source, official Wunderground weather station that connects over WiFi via an Electric Imp.

ML8511 UV Sensor Hookup Guide

March 13, 2014

Get up and running quickly with this simple to use UV sensor.

HID Control of a Web Page

March 12, 2014

Learn how to move a slider on a webpage and make a motor spin. We connect HTML and HID to read sensors and interface with the physical world.

Wireless Arduino Programming with Electric Imp

February 24, 2014

Reprogram your Arduino from anywhere in the world using the Tomatoless Boots wireless bootloader with the Electric Imp.

Das Blinken Top Hat

January 22, 2014

A top hat decked out with LED strips makes for a heck of a wedding gift.

Reaction Timer

January 16, 2014

Demonstrate mental chronometry with this simple reaction timer!

MPL3115A2 Pressure Sensor Hookup Guide

December 5, 2013

Getting started with the MPL3115A2 Pressure Sensor.

Using OpenSegment

April 1, 2013

How to hook up and use the OpenSegment display shield. The OpenSegment is the big brother to the Serial 7-Segment Display. They run on the same firmware, however the OpenSegment is about twice as big.

Electronics Assembly

March 1, 2013

How SparkFun assembles SMD electronics.

Analog to Digital Conversion

February 7, 2013

The world is analog. Use analog to digital conversion to help digital devices interpret the world.

Battery Technologies

February 6, 2013

The basics behind the batteries used in portable electronic devices: LiPo, NiMH, coin cells, and alkaline.

Installing an Arduino Library

January 11, 2013

How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.

Using GitHub

December 30, 2012

How to use repositories and GitHub for version control.

Designing PCBs: Advanced SMD

December 10, 2012

Advanced Eagle layout for PCBs with SMD devices.

Nest Thermostat Teardown

November 29, 2011

See the inner-workings of the most advanced thermostat to hit the market, the Nest.

Heartbeat Straight Jacket

June 4, 2009

An EL project that displays one person's heartbeat on another person's costume.
  • Glad you got use from it! Thanks for the 3D printable reel - neat design!

  • The URA works with many different RFID modules - some of which have multiple antenna ports. The M6E has only one antenna port so URA can only control one antenna port.

    Please have a look at the antenna section of the tutorial. On the SparkFun shield there are two jumpers to select between the PCB antenna and the U.FL connector for an external antenna. Be sure you have moved the solder jumper to the U.FL pathway in order to use an external antenna.

  • Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the description.

  • C.S. and Gaston - thank you for your stories! I was raised in the eighties and only had a glimmer of what was going on with AIDS and the gay rights movement. It’s incredible to think what that must have been like at IBM. Us folks, now in our mid careers have a lot to be thankful for and to remember. Thank you both for helping nudge society in a better direction.

    And Nick - you’ve done it again! Exemplary writing. You made my hair stand up, such a great post. I and other straight-but-not-narrow folks learn so much from you. Thank you.

  • Thanks! LED technology has gotten pretty wild. We had to throttle the green LEDs with a 10k resistor limiting the current to microamps and it’s still bright. There will some day be a company that manufactures specifically NOT bright LEDs.

  • Nice! Thanks. Fixed now.

  • This is one of those product ideas where you hit your head and say ‘dah! Why didn’t we think of that!’. A great idea. I need to go see what the state of the art is for serial to I2C. I imagine there are ICs out there I just haven’t looked.

    Great idea! Thank you. I’ll see what we can come up with.

  • Be sure your baud rate matches what OpenLog is configured to listen for. 9600bps is OpenLog’s default. Also be sure that the serial is TTL serial, as in coming from a microcontroller or other embedded device, not 12V serial from a computer or industrial device.

  • My guess is that you’ve got the UART switch set to HW. Thus, the USB serial traffic is competing with the serial port on the RFID module corrupting the traffic. Make sure the switch is set to SW when bootloading new code on your Arduino.

  • Absolutely. That’s what the screw terminal and JST footprints are for (J3 and J6 in the schematic). Please re-read the Power Supply Considerations section of the hookup guide. If something doesn’t make sense let me know and I’ll try to improve upon it.