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Member Since: November 28, 2016

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Sparking the Fun

A treatise on LEGOs, robotics and why SparkFun is awesome.

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Hacking your LEGO kits with motors and micro:bits!

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Let's talk about Fritzing and its uses, pitfalls and potential replacements.

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An edge-lit nightlight to protect the littles while they sleep.

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It's like clap-on, clap-off, but nerdier.

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I needed a positionable desk lamp and I had a bin full of heads on my desk. Add in Halloween, and I can now see what I'm soldering!

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A ridiculously simple project with lights and unicorns.

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Here at SparkFun, we love our dogs. When we searched deep in our dog-loving hearts, we found one true question: What if they could talk?

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Kids love Minecraft and things that glow in the dark - here's a fun project to get your littles involved with electronics!

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SparkFun Edge Hookup Guide

September 26, 2019

Get to know your Edge board, including both the hardware features for you to utilize as well as how to get talking to it.

Hookup Guide for the Qwiic Motor Driver

September 19, 2019

Drive things "qwiic"-ly with the SparkFun Qwiic Motor Driver!

Hookup Guide for the SparkFun Artemis Thing Plus

September 19, 2019

Get started with our SparkFun Artemis Thing Plus - our popular Thing Plus footprint with the powerful Artemis module for ultimate functionality.

Hookup Guide for the SparkFun RedBoard Artemis

August 28, 2019

Get started with the RedBoard Artemis - all the functionality of the SparkFun Artemis module wrapped in the familiar Uno footprint

Hookup Guide for the SparkFun RedBoard Artemis ATP

August 28, 2019

Get started with the RedBoard Artemis ATP - all the functionality of the SparkFun Artemis module wrapped in the Mega Arduino Footprint

XBee3 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

August 22, 2019

Get started with SparkFun's XBee3 Thing Plus - both the u.FL as well as the PCB antenna versions.

Hookup Guide for the BlackBoard Artemis ATP

July 15, 2019

Get started with the BlackBoard Artemis ATP - all the functionality of the SparkFun Artemis module wrapped in the Mega Arduino Footprint

SparkFun 9DoF IMU (ICM-20948) Breakout Hookup Guide

June 27, 2019

How to use the SparkFun 9DoF ICM-20948 breakout board for your motion sensing projects. This breakout is ideal for wearable sensors and IoT applications.

Hookup Guide for the BlackBoard Artemis Nano

June 24, 2019

Get started with the powerful BlackBoard Artemis Nano

Hookup Guide for the BlackBoard Artemis

June 24, 2019

Get started with the BlackBoard Artemis - all the functionality of the SparkFun Artemis module wrapped in the familiar Uno footprint

Artemis Development with Arduino

June 20, 2019

Get our powerful Artemis based boards (Artemis Nano, BlackBoard Artemis, and BlackBoard Artemis ATP) blinking in less than 5 minutes using the SparkFun Artemis Arduino Core!

Designing with the SparkFun Artemis

June 20, 2019

Let's chat about layout and design considerations when using the Artemis module.

LiPo Charger Plus Hookup Guide

May 30, 2019

This tutorial shows you how to hook up and use the SparkFun LiPo Charger Plus board.

ARM Programming

May 23, 2019

How to program SAMD21 or SAMD51 boards (or other ARM processors).

TFT LCD Breakout 1.8in 128x160 Hookup Guide

April 11, 2019

This TFT LCD Breakout is a versatile, colorful, and easy way to experiment with graphics or create a user interface for your project.

Transparent Graphical OLED Breakout Hookup Guide

March 7, 2019

The future is here! Our Qwiic Transparent Graphical OLED Breakout allows you to display custom images on a transparent screen using either I2C or SPI connections.

ESP32 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

March 7, 2019

Hookup guide for the ESP32 Thing Plus using the ESP32 WROOM's WiFi/Bluetooth system-on-chip in Arduino.

AST-CAN485 I/O Shield (24V) Hookup Guide

February 14, 2019

The AST-CAN485 I/O Shield is an Arduino shield that will allow the user to interface the AST-CAN485 Dev Board with 24V inputs and outputs, which expands its usefulness into industrial systems.

Qwiic OpenLog Hookup Guide

February 7, 2019

The updated Qwiic version of the OpenLog Hookup Guide

Processor Interrupts with Arduino

December 11, 2018

What is an interrupt? In a nutshell, there is a method by which a processor can execute its normal program while continuously monitoring for some kind of event, or interrupt. There are two types of interrupts: hardware and software interrupts. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will focus on hardware interrupts.

micro:bit Educator Lab Pack Experiment Guide

May 8, 2018

A quickstart guide for the micro:bit educator lab pack.

How to Use a Hot Air Rework Station

April 10, 2018

Hot-air stations or heat guns are very useful tools and are essential for any electronics workbench. When working with or building printed circuit boards, there is a lot of room for errors to be made. Have no fear though, there are ways to remedy this with a hot air rework station!
  • I think it might have just been a timing issue - thanks for keeping on top of things!

  • That is SUCH a great idea. We usually do angel gifts around the holidays - they have the Technics and Mindstorm sets now that we could donate. New tradition! For myself, I've used the Technics to hack Lego sets but I'm finding that unless a set is designed to have those parts, I need something more compact. Hence the use of SparkFun's hobby motors and LEDs and such.

    Sometime back I saw Lego bricks that had connectivity built in, but I'm not sure if those were knockoffs or actual Legos. It'd be fun to play with those though...

  • Hi!

    The bootloader has been a tricky subject, and since this feedback section is for explicit issues in the tutorial documentation, can I recommend that you try posting a topic in our forums?

    There's a link in the banner at the top of the troubleshooting section. Thisis the best way to get hold of our technical support team - they can get more information and will do their best to assist you.

    Thank you!

  • I have been trying to reproduce this problem, but I get displays straight out of the gate with each of the examples. Since this feedback section is for explicit issues in the tutorial documentation, can I recommend that you try posting a topic in our forums? You can use the link in the banner above the comment section and our technical support team can get more information and will do their best to assist you. Thank you!

  • Agreed.

  • Yeah, I was pretty excited that I didn't have to dig in and re-write my motor code. SO COOL.

  • There are a few ways, actually. I tried a couple of 3d prints, but ended up buying a third party dc-motor-to-lego-axle-adapter. Next time I'm actually going to try hacking the hobby motor itself via this instructable.

    I'm also lobbying SparkFun to carry more lego adapters because... legos.

  • So true!

  • If you end up swinging by with the kids again, have the front desk give me a shout - I'll bring Wall-E down and they can drive him around. :D

  • OMG - this made me full on laugh - I saw that too! I should've chosen a different image but with the blizzard and shutdown happening I had bigger fish to fry. It's an image from our SIK kit projects, which I think may be getting a revision at some point soon. I will definitely point that out to them! Thank you for the feedback, I'm glad I'm not the only totally OCD person out there. :D

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