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It's time to bounce that old tennis ball out of your garage, and up your game with this simple project that lets you know exactly where to stop when pulling in to your garage.

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Let's face it, as much as we love Arduino, there are some things it just can't do. To branch out, let's take a look at a little bit of Python.

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is made for makers. Whether your thing is an over-the-top, automated yard display, an amazing cosplay costume, or a beautifully carved pumpkin with an RGB LED light show emanating from it, this holiday lets us build things not because they're practical or necessary, but because they are fun!

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With just a handful of parts and a couple of hours of work, you can easily repulse all of your co-workers at this year's office Halloween party!

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What type of proximity sensor is best suited to your next project? We've put together a Proximity Sensor Comparison Guide to help you choose the right tool for the job!

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This week, we take a look at the amazing new Xbox Adaptive Controller, and throw together a ridiculous project that barely scratches the surface of its capabilities.

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Hello, World!

Meet SparkFun's newest creative technologist!

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How about some drone-style footage, indoors and without a drone? With a 3D printer and a few simple components, it might be easier than it sounds!

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Great customer service fixed our registration issue.

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  • Glad you like it! The plan is to continue to take our components, and build them into practical projects like this. Hopefully it can inspire people to come up with ideas of what they can create next, once they’ve mastered the basics.

  • Thank you for that, and it absolutely doesn’t feel like an attack at all. With most projects I do, even once it’s up and running, I always feel like improvements could be made to my code. (That’s especially true when pushing to meet a deadline, as is the case with every one of my posts.) If I recall, I think I kept stopLimit as a variable in case I had time to add a stopLImit Up and stopLimit Down button as inputs to more easily adjust that distance for the user. But if the user is a maker who’s going to be putting it all together themselves, they could just as easily change the #define STOP_LIMIT number within their own code. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Absolutely! If I had ten more minutes before this was due, that would have been the first addition I would have made to the code.

  • Thanks! And I’m not that young - pretty sure the first time I went to Disney World, it was still in black & white…

    The Hall of Presidents only had eleven guys in it…

    Some of the features in Tommorowland included the television, and airplanes…

    (Okay, I’m done now.)

  • Hmmm. I just reloaded the code, and it seems to work fine for me. I would say check your wiring, and make sure that you’ve copied all of the code. If you’re still having trouble, you can always reach out to support@sparkfun.com. If you’re getting an error message in Arduino, let the support team know what that message is, that will help them to help you.

  • It’s more common to just say


    Yes, thank you! As I was finishing up the code for this project at about 2:45am on the first day of my vacation, I knew there was a more succinct way to code it, but could not for the life of me remember it. I had considered randomizing, too, but again, at 2:45am, I was willing to let that go!

  • Um… yes!

  • For those of us slightly past the age of having a locker, this might also be useful in the cookie jar!

  • I was still in the sling when I started this build, knowing that I could still pin the upright between my arm and my body. But then my surgeon cleared me to lose the sling, and I felt it would be disingenuous of me to use is in the video. So no, the injury was not a result of this ridiculous build. Although I was mildly concerned about shooting myself across the room and re-injuring it!

  • Good eye, that’s exactly what I based this monstrosity on. I considered building a housing for the base and a button in the corner to really recreate the original look, but as so often happens, my deadline superseded my grandiose plans.

    We haven’t tried it with Linux yet, but if we do, you can bet we’ll post something about it!

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