avatar

Pearce

Member Since: June 26, 2009

Country: United States

Profile

Tech Research for SparkFun. If you're here because I offended you on the according to Pete contest, I apologize, it's my job. Just offering constructive criticism.

If you're here for other reasons, disregard the first bit. I've been with SparkFun since 2008 with a mechanical backround. My interest are mostly mechanical, but shifting more and more to electronics, specifically Arduino and single board computers.

Most of my hobbies are more nerdy than I'm willing to admit in a public forum, but of the ones I am willing to talk about, I enjoy hiking, auto racing, and Woodworking.

This summer I went on a tear setting up connected devices in my house with one goal; simplifying the mundane tasks of owning a house. The whole project has got me automating as much as I can, but also non-connected solutions are springing up as well. In this Enginursday, I build a roof over my new connected outdoor outlet.

Continue reading

With a conference room named "Spaceball I," it's only fitting that it contains a "callable wall." While it's not all the way there, here is the start.

Continue reading

The Magic of MQTT

I enjoy electronics; I enjoy the outdoors; I enjoy lots in life that aren't chores.

Continue reading

With the world accessible in an instant these days, sometimes your local community goes by the wayside when looking for help or common interest.

Continue reading

It's the question I see most in relation to Arduino: "How do I get into it?"

Continue reading

The concept is nothing new and has multiple times been proven to not work. But that's not stopping me as I set out to build a solar-powered fan to circulate warm air out of the car when parked for long periods of time.

Continue reading

There's no right answer whether or not to use modules or sub-assemblies; both options carry risks and rewards. Today I cover those options and what to consider when faced with this decision.

Continue reading

How the project for this Enginursday went from a very involved asset tracking project, to a motorized fly vise which, thanks to a stock error, is now replicating a joke from a TV show.

Continue reading

A few tips and considerations to help you get the most out of a trip to the annual showcase.

Continue reading

Tips for taking your hardware design to market

Continue reading

My dream has always been to create a robotic jack-o'-lantern. Unfortunately life often gets in the way, and I never make it happen in time for Halloween. Today, I start a project I can build onto as I go.

Continue reading

A lot of the questions we field are related to accomplishing something cheaper via DIY. Until recently, chances of succeeding were variable, but things are starting to change.

Continue reading

The market for connectors is enormous. Let's discuss how to find the connector that works for you.

Continue reading

Conformal coatings have always been a big thing in the electronics world, but you rarely see it in the hobbyist/prototyping market. Here's our experience and where it is beneficial to use.

Continue reading

When you're advertised free toolchains or free value-add, you're skeptical. Ninety-five percent of the time, you're correct, but does that mean the tool isn't worth it?

Continue reading

All good things must come to an end, especially the availability of the component or product you need.

Continue reading

It always starts the same; I get an amazing new device or technology dumped in my lap. Then sets in the reality of doing my job.

Continue reading

Everyone is talking IoT these days. We are extremely pumped about IoT, but it might not be obvious why.

Continue reading

What are your "yourself" limits when it comes to DIY? What do you value when in your project and what are you looking to accomplish when you "do it yourself"?

Continue reading

The Internet of Things is a notion of a new age of internet connected devices. It stands to be a great time in technological advancement. You, as our customer, are in a position to get into it from the beginning.

Continue reading

My experience at CES 2015 and my thoughts on attending.

Continue reading

We really want to do a fun and amazing project here in Engineering and want to know your thoughts.

Continue reading

A few us from engineering got to attend the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas earlier this month. Here's some of the stuff we can show.

Continue reading

Some quick and easy last minute ideas to add electronics to your Halloween decorations.

Continue reading

A quick roundup of some of the more useful programs I have found being a tinkerer with a Macintosh Computer.

Continue reading

My experience researching the HexBright; an open source, Arduino programmable flashlight.

Continue reading

How to Sell Your Widget on SparkFun

June 10, 2015

Have an awesome electronic widget that you want to get to market? We can help resell, or maybe even manufacture it! Find out how.

ELastoLite Hookup Guide

November 14, 2013

Everything you need to setup a circuit using ELastoLite super flexible EL Panels from Oryon Technologies.
  • Yea, those are a great option too! Just saw an opportunity for a project.

  • Most ELM327 dongles are used to do standard error code diagnostics as well as gather small bits of information about the car using different standards and protocols. I believe that most ELM327 dongles only read data from one CAN bus as well. Panda can read up to 3 CAN busses and is used more to read (and through other software, log) data and CAN messages on the car. Panda support for OEM software suites, such as Toyota Techstream and Honda's HDS, has been added to allow individuals to read the same kind of diagnostics info that the standard ELM327 dongles provide.

  • Yup, I remember those. They actually discontinued the feature due to it prematurely wearing out the fans.

  • Yup, that was definitely a quick, dirty prototype. Moving forward I'll definitely use something more permanent.

  • Yea, I'm trying for something really temporary, but the thought did cross my mind.

    1. I am incredibly jealous
    2. Up to you, but I'd love to see the differences something like that makes compared to a temporary solution like I've got here. Either way, very cool camper!
  • Very good point that I missed (this was a little rushed) quantities absolutely matter and will factor in.

  • I did notice that later. We must have pretty exception WiFi at the office as it would connect quick and without issue. But you're correct, I forgot to move the jumper on that.

  • I've thought about adding an MP3 Trigger to add a burp track. The motor noise isn't the most desirable and while the trajectory isn't what I was hoping for, it would be great as a burp or barf.

  • Here's the amazon listing I borrowed the photo from.

    The reason I'm so into their connectors is I got to use them when working for an endurance race team. The connector I was using had 8 positions and it was easy to put the pins in the configuration they needed to go. With these connectors, a wire stripper, zip ties, and the crimp tool (probably not cheap) I had put together an entire wire harness for the lights on the spare hood in about a half hour. Those lights ran the rest of the race without problem (~14 hours).