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SparkFun Wake on Shake

Have you ever wanted your project to just “hibernate” until someone picks it up or moves it? It’s a great strategy for dramatically extending the battery life of a widget that doesn’t need to be active all the time. The Wake-on-Shake board is designed to make it really simple to do just that!  

SparkFun Redbot

The RedBot Kit is a robotic development platform capable of teaching two motor robotics and sensor integration! This kit comes with our new RedBot Mainboard, the Magician Chassis, a handful of sensors, and everything required for assembly.  

SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) is a great way to get started with programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language. The SIK includes everything you need to complete 15 circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more. You don’t need any previous programming or electronics experience to use this kit.   The full-color SIK Guidebook (included) contains step by step instructions of how to connect each circuit with the included parts. Full example code is provided and explained and even includes troubleshooting tips if something goes wrong.  …

SparkFun Mecanum Wheels

Mecanum wheels allow your robot to not only travel forward and backward, but also side to side. Using rollers set on a 45° rotational axis parallel to the main rotational axis of the wheel, it allows sideways movement as well as forward and backward movement!  

SparkFun Core Skills Icons

The Core Skills project should give beginners a good idea when a product might be beyond their current abilities, and give you an idea of what skills you might need to tackle your next project.  

Introducing the MicroView!

For beginners, the MicroView is one of the easiest-to-use Arduino platforms available — it’s perfect for anyone looking for an education in electronics, programming, or Arduino. The integrated display really helps to visualize what the microcontroller is doing (you might say it gives you a view into the microcontroller). The MicroView will even ship with built-in tutorials to help folks get started; and the Geek Ammo team has built a set of cross-platform, interactive tutorials that teach you how to create 11 different circuits.   The MicroView is also great for experienced electronics users. It uses an ATmega328P chip —…

SparkFun Vernier Sensors

Vernier Software and Technology has been a leader in data collection and analysis for educators world-wide. They were amongst the first companies to design and promote the use of computers, sensors, and data collection in K-12 classroom laboratory experiments.  

SparkFun Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Part 1: Introduction

In this 3 part series SparkFun engineer Shawn breaks covers everything you need to know to get started with the Raspberry Pi! In this episode, Shawn shows how to get your Pi up and running, loading the operating system onto the Pi, and how to blink a simple led circuit.   The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash since it was first announced. The credit-card sized computer is capable of many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It can run several flavors of Linux and is being…

SparkFun Getting Started with Raspberry Pi part 2: Wifi and Python and Twitter oh my!

In this 3 part series SparkFun engineer Shawn breaks covers everything you need to know to get started with the Raspberry Pi! In this episode, Shawn shows how to connect your Pi to the internet using wifi, programming with Python, and hooking your Pi to Twitter.   The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash since it was first announced. The credit-card sized computer is capable of many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It can run several flavors of Linux and is being used to teach kids…

SparkFun Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Part 3: Tweeting Weather Station

In this 3 part series SparkFun engineer Shawn breaks covers everything you need to know to get started with the Raspberry Pi! In this episode, Shawn shows how to hook up a temperature and humidity sensor to the Raspberry Pi to create a self tweeting weather station.   The Raspberry Pi has made quite a splash since it was first announced. The credit-card sized computer is capable of many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It can run several flavors of Linux and is being used to teach…

SparkPunk Sound Generator!

The SparkPunk Kit is a sound generator made in the spirit of the Atari Punk Console. Rather than simply recreating the Atari Punk, the SparkPunk is a new design that springs from a similar foundation. It starts with a dual 555 timer IC, then adds a second tone source, sub-octaves and a bandpass filter. With all of the knobs and switches, a lot of tonal variations are possible. As a through-hole kit, the SparkPunk can also be easily extended and modified, expanding the palette of tones even further.  

SparkFun Lulzbot Taz 4 Quick Start

The TAZ 4 3D printer from LulzBot represents the latest evolution in high performance desktop 3D printing technology. This 3D printer provides you with a wide range of features that facilitate more consistent, higher quality prints than ever. The TAZ 4 features tetherless printing through an SD card with a versatile, multi-functional graphic LCD controller and boasts a spacious 11.7in x 10.8in x 9.8in print area with a controllable heat bed that can print large items, or many small items.  

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