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SparkFun will be closed May 25, 2015 for Memorial Day. Orders placed after 2pm on Friday the 22nd will ship out on Tuesday. Thanks!

AustinSpafford

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  • The upgraded motors worked all too well during the AVC stunt competition. Far too well.

  • Bummer! I’m sorry to hear that it’s going to cost so much, but again glad to hear that SparkFun is such a good company. I have been referring friends and coworkers to you in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. :)

    As for the MicroView, I think I received one of the bogus ones, but in Arduino 1.0.5-r2 I’m seeing a slightly different error than one of those listed above: “avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00”

  • Which chip is your favorite? Vote in the comments below!

  • When done quickly enough you can tin a human without additional tools, but a third hand is recommended for beginners.

  • Awesome teardown!

    Regarding the humidity sensor, my best guess is that they’re using that to try to weed out false-positives caused by cooking. For example, I imagine that if they see abnormal intense humidity (steam) followed by smoke, they’ll give it a short grace period (30 seconds?) to see if it’s something the cook got under control. Hmm, or maybe quite simply they’ll use an elevated smoke-detection threshold if the humidity is much higher than the usual baseline.

  • This item arrived yesterday, and I’m both pleased and very confused because it arrived pre-assembled but bundled with the tools and instructions for assembly.

    Can someone confirm that the kit normally arrives fully assembled? If’s normal, then I definitely recommend updating the description from “…an easy to assemble and use…” to something more like “…a preassembled and easy to modify/use…”. If not, then did I receive a return from another customer, or was it possibly from the product video?

    Thanks! :)

  • Just a bit of feedback for the product page itself: I’m currently frustrated by the photos for this product, as none of them separate the wires or provide clear documentation of what the connectors look like. Given, I’ve already ordered this product and am just trying to make use of the holiday break by assembling other parts of the robot in anticipation of the kit arriving.

    If not for this kit, then at least for ones in the future, it would be extremely useful to always have photos of all the pieces prior to assembly. I notice that the other kits in this product line have such photos, which sadly makes it all the more frustrating that this one does not.

    All that said, I’m still looking forward to this kit arriving, and the hopefully successful construction of a 6-8 channel mood-expressing FPV ground robot will occur in the next few weeks!

    UPDATE: It only just now occurred to me to see if the video might contain more useful shots by accident (especially where the cables are separated rather than in a knot), and indeed it does! I now see that it specifically has four single-pin female headers for powering the two drive motors, two three-pin female headers for the hall effect sensors (only one for each side… unable to detect direction of rotation), and one three-pin female header for the arm servo. I hope that helps someone else out there looking at this product!

    UPDATE: Another comment about the photos is systemic to the website itself: Best I can tell there’s some sort of slideshow logic (at least active in Chrome) that sometimes shifts between the photos when viewing the large versions. This is frustrating both because it hinders my attempts to analyse the photos, but also because I’ve so far failed to figure out how it’s triggered (giving it the feeling of an intermittent bug, rather than a feature). It’s hit me before on a number of product pages, but it’s only now with the related photo-reading problem that the bucket has been tipped. It’s not a huge deal, but I’m hoping that it’s of some help to receive the report/feedback, regardless of whether or not it’s a bug or feature.

  • Indeed, I was about to suggest some shallow bowl-shaped areas!

    Oddly enough, I started thinking about that when seeing the thumbnail for the product, where I initially mistook the silicone sheet sitting on the base to be a wedge-shaped depression to place loose parts in.

  • “Why yes, a Costco opened up near here just recently. Why do you ask?”

  • Out of curiosity, is there any particular reason why this charger uses micro-USB instead of mini-USB?
    Oh, and neat idea!

No public wish lists :(