Member Since: June 26, 2009
Country: United States
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.
I enjoy electronics; I enjoy the outdoors; I enjoy lots in life that aren't chores.
With the world accessible in an instant these days, sometimes your local community goes by the wayside when looking for help or common interest.
It's the question I see most in relation to Arduino: "How do I get into it?"
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.
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.
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.
A few tips and considerations to help you get the most out of a trip to the annual showcase.
Tips for taking your hardware design to market
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.
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.
The market for connectors is enormous. Let's discuss how to find the connector that works for you.
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.
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?
All good things must come to an end, especially the availability of the component or product you need.
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.
Everyone is talking IoT these days. We are extremely pumped about IoT, but it might not be obvious why.
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"?
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.
My experience at CES 2015 and my thoughts on attending.
We really want to do a fun and amazing project here in Engineering and want to know your thoughts.
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.
Some quick and easy last minute ideas to add electronics to your Halloween decorations.
A quick roundup of some of the more useful programs I have found being a tinkerer with a Macintosh Computer.
A bill of materials to make a simple 3x5" lamp and inverter...