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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

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

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We've launched a bit bucket for all your data.

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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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It hurts so good! We're getting ready for Free Day 2011. Pocket $100 worth of free stuff! Free Day has a few twists this year. It'll will be upon us on January 13th. We're opening up our doors and letting anyone take $100 worth of free goodies.

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Nathan Seidle tells the story of SparkFun, how we got started and why we do what we do.

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OSHW Definition: We take a crack at saying what it means to make a piece of hardware "open source".

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SparkFun Goes to Copenhagen

Nate and Juan head to Denmark to check out hacker spaces, Malmoe, and Copenhagen Suborbitals

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SparkFun is looking for a director of finance. Have you got the stuff?

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The final installment of the High Altitude Balloon saga!

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You've got to watch this video! Part two of the HAB series contains information on the balloon, enclosure, the cut-down system, as well as information about our still and video camera systems.

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ON Semiconductor lets us know that the fake ATmega328s are actually NCP5318 buck regulators for Intel processors.

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How to launch a helium balloon to 100,000 feet and take a picture of the curvature of the earth. And then lose the whole contraption out in a wheat field somewhere unknown.

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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 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 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 Lithium Polymer Batteries are Made

May 28, 2014

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

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!

MPL3115A2 Pressure Sensor Hookup Guide

December 5, 2013

Getting started with this amazing barometric pressure sensor.

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.

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.

How to Use a Multimeter

December 2, 2012

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

Nest Thermostat Teardown

November 29, 2011

See the inner-workings of the most advanced thermostat to hit the market, the Nest.
  • Fooey. Sorry Bob! But thank you for reporting back when you had a problem. If we hear more reports of problems we’ll consider designing in reverse polarity protection on the next version.

  • Yep. Supports any baudrate from 300bps to 1,000,000bps. I haven’t tested above 115200 because of silly windows limitations but the ATmega can handle it.

  • You are correct - there aren’t any free analog pins. You could hook up a analog multiplexer but it would require a bit of modifying the PCB. There might also be UV sensors with a digital interface available but the ML8511 is just an analog interface. Sorry I don’t have a better solution for you!

  • :O Nice!

  • You can read more about customizing the display on the Github repo.

  • I don’t have a green version handy but the white version pulls 190mA @ 5V with all segments on at full brightness.

  • Hi Phoenix and Mark - sorry for the confusion. Datasheets often (but not always) describe the I2C address in 7-bit form. This means the user must shift the address one bit left and add the read (1) or write (0) bit to the zero bit position to form an 8-bit I2C command. In the case of OpenSegment this would translate to being the read address of 0b.1110.0011 or 0xE3 and the write address of 0b.1110.0010 or 0xE2.

    I’ve added this note to the Getting Started guide and the example code. Sorry for killing a bunch of your time!

  • Hi Cynthia - Thanks for such a genuine critique. I did not intend to come across as demeaning to the original creator. Illumitune continues to be one of the most popular exhibits at the kid’s museum and I had nothing to do with the original idea, I only volunteer to maintain it. I have held onto the original parts and I would be honored to meet the creator/builder from OMSI (where Illumitune was born) and give them proper gratitude but I can’t find any info about them.

    I stand by the original tutorial and the lessons I hope to share with other builders. We’ve seen a wonderful explosion of new people in the field of electronics and interactive art in recent years. But I am saddened when pieces break and they aren’t maintained because of poor planning and documentation up front. This tutorial has helped quite a few people. I hope you get some value from it some day.

  • I built a 13 cell serial battery pack that required 26 of the battery clips. Solder tabs straight to a PCB would have been much easier/cheaper and probably more physically secure.

  • Interesting point. I had originally found the code on the determination of the day of the week page on wikipedia. Tomohiko posted the code I used but it does seem it is based off of Zeller’s formula. Thanks for the correction! I’ve update the code bit of the tutorial.

Imp Based Weather Station

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HID Control of a Webpage Parts

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These are parts you may want for the [HID Tutorial](https://lear…

Imp Arduino Bootloading Wishlist

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Parts to wirelessly reprogram an Arduino over the internet using…