Member Since: November 16, 2009

Country: United States







bore me.

Spoken Languages

are useful.

Programming Languages

are really hard!


are preferably random.


require money and good grades.


is for people other than me.


distract me.


are really cool, I hear.


are a thing of the past, unless you are a University.

  • News - Testifying in Front of th… | about 9 months ago

    Thats really great, Nate! Congrats on this. Copyrights, patents, open source, IP, etc. has been on my mind a lot lately. To me, its still a scary thought to open-source your best stuff!

  • News - New Product Friday: Ready… | about 10 months ago

    Rob, Can you advise me on what I should do about some performance issues with my output shaft?

  • Product PRT-11496 | about a year ago

    So, 2 months later after being charged in my window, this thing does not work. The battery is now completely dead. I am trying to charge it up thru USB now, but I got it to charge thru solar.

  • Product COM-11554 | about a year ago

    These are great! Can you provide any real data on how long they remain bright for after being “charged” up? I can imagine some sparkfun module hooked up to measure the illumination and graphing it out as it fades. Perhaps show a secondary graph of an EL panel being dimmed for comparison? Cool nonetheless. Who found this product?

  • News - Conductive Fiber and the … | about a year ago

    Great tutorial on removing my shorts off my banana!

  • News - Engineering Roundtable - … | about a year ago

    Loved it! Straight forward talking. No strange outbursts or facial gestures. Cool haircut. No backwards baseball cap. Keep it up!

  • News - Engineering Roundtable wi… | about a year ago

    Thanks Nick! This really helped me understand the programming term, “state machine” that I have seen mentioned in dozens of blog posts. Also, thank you for explaining why I always see counters in programs that don’t seem to do anything - they take the place of delays, that actually don’t do anything!

  • News - New Product Friday: Your … | about 2 years ago

    Robert, how in the heck did you go from Psychology to Electronics Expert? Please share.

  • Product PRT-11496 | about 2 years ago

    Just received mine. Question: How do you turn it off? Does it power off automatically after a time? Thanks.

  • Product WIG-11085 | about 2 years ago

    I did not like the alligator clips. They are too flimsy. I bought some from Radioshack that work much better. Not sure what kind of pencil lead the Makey guys were using, but standard No.2 lead does not conduct enough. I have not tried the Arduino mode. I should do that because it would be nice have normally-closed switching for some games. The other thing to figure out is the ground lead- its cumbersome to have to hold it while playing a game. Its not intuitive for my 4yo, even for me.

No public wish lists :(