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ROB-24601

Member Since: October 27, 2015

Country: United States

GPS has been getting updates not just 20,000 km overhead, but here on Earth, as well.

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What good is a controller without a gaming console? What good is a a cold drink without snacks? What falls out of my brain when left unsupervised?

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The End of an Era

With news that Maker Media has paused all operations and laid off its entire staff, what does this mean for the maker community?

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Want to learn more about the weather than just whether or not the sun is out? The SparkFun micro:climate kit for micro:bit lets you measure, view and record the weather around you.

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Taking what I've learned about LED color mixing and Python, along with our LumiDrive LED Driver and LuMini LED Ring, I set out to create a light ring for macro photography that surpasses all others.

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Last week, we took a look at using the digital pins on our new LumiDrive LED Driver. This week, we'll play with the analog pins, and see if we can't put something together using both!

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If you're looking to try coding in Python, especially as it translates to the world of physical computing, the SparkFun LumiDrive is a great way to get started.

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Which came first, the function or the form? Regardless of the course your build takes from start to finish, there's no reason it can't be seen as both technology and art.

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With the speed that technology changes and advances, products can't be expected to remain on the market forever. But what happens when a product's retirement interferes with your project?

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Technology is making it easier and faster to do business, share information, and even argue with strangers around the world, but I believe there's more to it than that.

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Chances are, you may never use all 16 million colors available to you with your RGB LEDs. But whatever colors you use, you should know how to smoothly fade from one color to another. And thanks to the wonders of math, now you can!

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As makers, the more avenues of inspiration we have, the broader our library of projects will be. From the obvious to the unusual, inspiration can be drawn from almost anywhere.

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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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Thanks, Othermill!

Great customer service fixed our registration issue.

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  • Great write up, and this sounds like a great way to spend a June day. I will definitely have to catch it next year!

  • TBH, for this demo, I simply used the MakeCode Editor. However, MicroPython is pretty straightforward, and there's great documentation for its use on the micro:bit here [ https://microbit-micropython.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ ].

    To use a second micro:bit as a receiver, I just used the radio command set. In microPython, it would probably mean adding something like this to the board on the micro:climate kit: radio.send("Windspeed is ", weatherbit.windSpeed())

    Then on the receiver, all you need, no matter how many values you send, is new_message = radio.receive() display.scroll("Windspeed is", new_message)

    (Doing this off the top of my head, so it may not be exactly right, but it's close.) Definitely check out the micro:bit MicroPython page, in particular the radio section. That should help!

    Happy Hacking!

  • Rats, I did say byte, didn't I? Sorry, that one's totally on me. It should be Megabit per second. Good catch, thank you!

  • YES!

  • I love a good project that stems from necessity, and yours is a great one! And I completely understand the whole "if we can see a wire and a battery, and heaven forbid, a CIRCUIT BOARD - it MUST be an explosive device!" mentality. I want to bring a fully assembled BigTime Watch to a friend back east, but I know if I try to fly with it, I'll wind up in TSA jail!

  • It is definitely the same for me. My personal project stove has about fifty back burners, and maybe two or three at the front. I also tend to complete a project through proof of concept - hey look, it works! - the then leave it not quite finished as I jump to the next idea.

  • 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.)

Moozie

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A sound detector and servo trigger for Moozie's mouth, and a...

Dance Trace

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This should put you well on the road to your traceable dance...

Monster Project Lab Pack

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This will give you the parts for ten (10) LilyTiny Plush...

Liter Bottle Car

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Leanna, here's the list of parts that I put together. Not...

STEM Camp 8-12 Grade

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Here is a list of parts needed for fifteen fan-driven...

Yack-O-Lantern

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A Halloween build for serving wretched food, or even...

Boy Scout LED Slide Project

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Electronics components for creating a neckerchief slide that...

Secret Magic Boat Doors

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Here's the parts list for Jacqueline and Jaime. If we are...

CableCam

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World Cup-inspired CableCam using a handful of parts and...

Hack Music LA 2017

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List of components for this years Hack Music LA. I've added...

GoCart Warning System

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Here's the list of parts to make the Visual Indicator...

LuMini Ring Light

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Using the LumiDrive LED Driver and a 3" LuMini RGB LED Ring,...

TFmini Stop Light

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Trouble judging how far to pull the car into the garage?...