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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

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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Helping out our furloughed friends, one kit at a time.

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We Have It In Stock

SparkFun keeps 98% of our products in stock. Checkout some of the competitor's numbers.

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Read about Nathan's testimony on Copyright and Intellectual Property in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Special Sauce

Less like Sriracha and more like business.

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SparkFun is building an 80,000 sq ft building with construction starting in May of 2013. It’s going to be awesome.

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10 Year Anniversary

SparkFun hits a decade. Cheers!

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When a company relies too much on their intellectual property they become intellectually unfit - they suffer from IP Obesity. There have been numerous companies in history that have had long periods of prosperity only to be quickly left behind when technology shifted. Cloners are gunna clone regardless of your business plan.

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OSHWA needs some help. Give us some suggestions.

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SparkFun's five laws of drinking at work, where the beer flows like wine.

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Where do innovators go once they've got an idea?

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We've never seen a subpoena before, have you? Check this out...

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SparkFun is again heading to San Francisco for Maker Faire!

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Why SparkFun will never be able to compete with BMW.

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Take the Open Source Hardware survey and come say hi at our booth in DC.

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Home Heating From Afar

Taking apart the new Nest WiFi thermostat.

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Where SparkFun advertising started - and where it will go in the future.

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In Your Lifetime

What kind of crazy things do you think will be solved within your lifetime? Cars will drive themselves, Moore will retire, and I'll know what you did last summer.

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Rock Bottom Power

How low can we run a microcontroller?

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SparkFun Culture

We talk about culture a lot at SparkFun. Checkout what makes us tick. Dogs, skateboards, loud music, chaos - all in a day's work.

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SparkFun visits various factories and the electronics market in Shenzhen, China.

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Business Hat

SparkFun answers some tough business questions about its past, present, and future.

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SparkFun visits various factories and the electronics market in Shenzhen, China.

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SparkFun visits various factories and the electronics market in Shenzhen, China.

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Made in Earth

Let's run down the origins of the parts we solder to a board. We discover that "Made In ____" is a lot more mixed than we expected.

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Can someone please tell us what we are doing? Trying to explain what SparkFun does in 30 seconds or less.

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Free Day 2011 Recap

Forensics on our 2nd Free Day event. The ups, the downs. The lessons we learned were priceless!

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A preview of what Free Day 2011 is going to look like.

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Ponoko gets 3D printing! One step closer to a real-life replicator.

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SparkFun gets a super fan. How do we deal with the copying of our images and designs without permission? We don't! Instead, we innovate that much faster.

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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 LEDs are Made

May 28, 2014

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

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!

Weather Station Wirelessly Connected to Wunderground

April 11, 2014

Build your own open source, official Wunderground weather station that updates every 10 seconds 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!

Weather Shield Hookup Guide

December 5, 2013

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

MPL3115A2 Pressure Sensor Hookup Guide

December 5, 2013

Getting started with this amazing barometric pressure sensor.

H2OhNo!

November 25, 2013

Learn all about microcontrollers and basic electronics with the H2OhNo! water alarm and development board.

HTU21D Humidity Sensor Hookup Guide

November 20, 2013

The HTU21D humidity sensor is an easy to use, digital, low-cost humidity sensor.

Using OpenSegment

April 1, 2013

How to hook up and use the OpenSegment display.

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 device 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!

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.
  • The type of heating element and manufacturer have probably changed over the past 10 years but yes, that looks very similar to the one we used. If you get a chance to test it, please post back and let us know how it goes!

  • It is indeed a 24V (contacts rated to 28V) relay but after significant testing it’s done the job well. Worked great when our motor controller failed unsafe (100% throttle). That was exciting. Luckily, Alicia was watching and noticed something was wrong so hit the remote kill and I was able to brake to a stop.

    I had a hard time finding a solid, reasonably priced, readily available 48V relay. Please feel free to post other options/solutions.

  • Yes, that should work out of the box.

    As a side note, it’s very easy to change the baud rate on OpenLog: put a microSD card in, power on OpenLog. This will cause OpenLog to create a configuration file. Now insert the SD card into a computer and edit the config.txt file. You will see the baud rate setting in the file. Change it to 57600 or whatever baud rate for the GPS module you’d like to use. Save the file, then re-insert the SD card into OpenLog and you should be good to go without having to change the settings on the GPS module.

  • Primary reason we moved towards the Si7021 was to get the PTFE filter. We found the HTU21D did fine indoors but many of our customers were using them in the field (and Hawaii) and needed the filter to protect the sensor from damage.

  • Not at this time. Part of the power of OpenLog is minuteness.

    Why do you want a full sized SD card? More storage space for cheaper? A 4GB microSD will allow you to log for…

    4,000,000,000 bytes = 32,000,000,000 bits / 9600bps = 3,333,333s = 55,555min = 925 hours = 38.6 days

    38.6 days straight before you really run into capacity problems.

  • We use it to test engineers on grammer.

  • As the person that owns said business website I feel it’s my duty as a human and as a business person to push for positive change. I hear you and greatly appreciate your generally accepting nature but I respectfully disagree that a business should be neutral. One of the values of SparkFun is ‘Protecting Diversity: Respect each other regardless of creed, color, orientation, age, etc. We also push for respect for diversity outside of these walls.’ If we don’t speak up we aren’t true to what makes us what we are.

    “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” -Tom Brokaw

  • Thanks! Looks pretty good. I’ve upvoted this and will include this in the batch to test.

  • I welcome anything that will help people learn but to enter it has to be a functional program. If you can post your mathematical approach you might find friendly folks to help you convert that to code. Honestly, one of the hardest parts for me is this step - I’ve found various academic approaches to the problem only to be bogged down when I tried to wrap my head around converting the formulas to code.

  • ShapeShifter nailed it. Sorry for the confusion. Sensor is mounted (screwed) to the top of the platform, mostly perpendicular to the surface of earth.