Member Since: June 26, 2009

Country: United States



30yrs of bleeding edge software, now working maker spaces


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Maui Makers, CrashSpace

  • I’d love to see a board that is a mashup of this and the ProtoScrewShield. A Teensy Screw Shield? Stacking gets a bit tall

  • I got my GPIO as part of the StarterPack. I added some header pins to the gpio breakout, attached the edison and … dang it doesnt quite fit on my breadboard. It seems that the distance from the first pins (3.3v/Gnd) and the main board are just a little bit too small. The edison (which is below the GPIO, so I can add other blocks on top) hits the edge of breadboard, so that end is raise up - whole stack is on a slight angle to the breadboard. It appears to make connection but it is not solid… nothing like a flaky connection to give you debugging headaches

  • Palowireless tutorial mentioned in Resources does not seem to exist …
    palowireless Bluetooth Tutorial – Great in-depth look at how Bluetooth works on every layer. If you’re interested in getting an overview of the protocols behind Bluetooth, check this out…. ( goes to the palowireless main page which is now Cyberonic Internet Communications.

  • Since the microUSB connector on this battery board is ONLY used to charge the battery, and the battery connection pads will short to the console block (unless you read the extra page warning… yes I have an RTFM tshirt but dont rtfm)… why not put the battery lines and the charger microUSB on the other end of the board?
    This would allow the battery block to be connected w/o the extra tape step (avoiding shorts that void warrantee, etc.), and to connect a micro usb cable to it w/o conflicting with the console port cable/plug.

  • Awesome! I’ve been very impressed by SparkFun’s educational outreach. Perhaps you (and readers) would be interested in the new open forum (google group) on education in makerspaces:!forum/maker-educational-forum

    Getting the hardware and software is easy part. Getting a program running, whether at a public makerspace, school, library, museum etc requires a lot more effort. There are lots of folks out there learning how to do it. The forum exists to share resources and experiences (positive and negative) and to build the collaborative educational community.

  • I have a stripmaster, those cheaper ones, and the pocket knife (and teeth for emergency strippers)… by far my favorite has been the automatic one akin to the ViseGrip linked by Eliot2 and Ivdata showed the Red version, which (i think) is what I have. Mine are the radio shack version. All cost about $20.

    They work very well on most wires. Some thicker wires (Cat5+) may give issues on the outter insulation, but generally they make quick work of such ganged cables - you dont have to fiddle to get the wire in the right slot, switch cutting heads ‘cause the outter sheath is not in the blade set installed, etc.

    I recently found nicks on some small wires that can induce failure. This may have been do to aggressive/fast noobs using em. or trying to strip too many wires at the same time (it can do that well sometimes)

  • Thanks PickledDog! I just received my strands and was excited to try em at 3v… pphbbtt. just red wtf? put em on my bench supply and slowly ran the voltage up 5.3-6v seems to give em vibrant light. Blue drops out quick below that. With proper power, these will be great for xmas projects and beyond.

  • Can these be used with the ELastoLite INV133 inverter? Being AC i’m guessing there isnt an issue on the panel pins, but the inverter has 4 pins… time to experiment.

  • I am blown away that Maui, Hawaii got not just 1st prize but THREE winners in the top 10. Thank you Sparkfun for all you have (and continue to do) with your friends out in the mid-pacific. I’ll see some of you next week at Maker Con/Faire, and hopefully more of you out here sometime!

  • Looking forward to meeting more fundies! I’ll be at Maker Con and talking Saturday 430-5 live stage at Maker Faire. Didnt get into the edu event on thursday.

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