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SparkFun launches robotic parts & "Robotics 101" video series

Actobotics Logo - page

December 20, 2013: SparkFun launches the Actobotics robotic components online.

The first video shows Robert from SparkFun introducing the product line and talking about the various items.

I have a new walker in progress. A part 2, if you will, of Sintra-sticks. This time, I am using smaller components, more servos, and hoping for more luck on … Read more

Sparkfun FTDI Basic fix

Like another user on the forum, I had problems with my FTDI cable and I couldn't program my Arduino at all. It used to work flawlessly, but suddenly it stopped working all together. It's recognised by the computer and by the Arduino IDE, but whenever I try to upload a sketch it displays the "not in sync" message. However, it works if I plug the FTDI cable into the computer, then click upload, and at the very moment when the IDE displays the sketch's memory info I plug the cable to the Arduino.

Hope this helps 

Navigate around, controlled by wireless tilt/accelerometer enabled controller
Using a
I've been building things like this for a while, and actually, LMR was one of the first places that introduced me to hobby robotics. I had already been building … Read more
Hi guys! I know I've been super inactive lately, but I finally created another robot project to share with the world. My other projects I've been doing in the … Read more

12 DOF hexapod kit now sold by SparkFun

The 12 DOF hexapod kit from DAGU is one of the simplest hexapod kits ever! You can buy it from SparkFun here: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11497

Quick and easy to assemble, the body only consist of 12 leg segments, 12 foam rubber feet, 12 servos and a base plate with a hole pattern that allows controllers and sensors to be easily mounted.

Spider controller

The DAGU Red back Spider controller is an Arduino Mega (1280) compatible controller that is especially designed for driving a large number of servos. All 70 I/O pins are terminated in servo compatible 3pin male headers as well as the standard female header and the power supply is a switchmode power supply delivering 5V @ 3A from an input voltage of 7V - 32V.

Sparkfun Variable Temp Soldering Station ~ Review

Well my Sparkfun Soldering Station finally arrived in the mail today, and oh boy I was so excited, I nearly squeeled with glee I grunted in anticipation. Put on your safety goggles, and take it for a spin with me!

 

S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N. Potato cannon mounted on 6WD robot

Ok, to begin with it is just a normal SparkFun "new product post" but check out the last few minutes of the video. They mounted a potato cannon on a 6WD Wild Thumper chassis!

Who thought robots and potatoes could be so much fun?

SparkFun: According to Pete

I found this series of videos by Pete from SparkFun.

 

Measures the alcohol in your breath and marks the highest for a competition with your friends
Hi, this is my breathalyzer project. It's just something fun that I have been wanting to make for a while now. It uses an atmega328, alcohol gas sensor from … Read more
All my projects & progress are available at marginallyclever.com. About This is version 1 of my hexapod robot project.  Version 2 is now in development. Read more

SparkFun goes bonkers - no even more bonkerers than usual

Sparkfun is having a new contest: "Antimov".

The robot that violates two out of three Laws of Robotics in the most spectacular and creative and funny and effective way wins $300.

Navigates by sonar and carries a multimeter around
Using a
This little guy exists as a courtesy. He makes his binary way to the nooks and crannies of the house in case someone there might need to measure a resistor or … Read more

Problem with SparkFun PicAxe USB programmer cable

Ok, got to the point where it's time to start coding and I got power to everything that needed it and started installing the drivers needed for the Picaxe programmer cable. Well to no avail. If anybody has an idea a walkthrough it would be appreciated.

 

Mech 

FREE!

Just saw this posted, scheduled for January 7th. Hope I can get some toys here :

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/news.php?id=305

 

SparkFun vs SPARC. Trademark infringement or rabid lawyers?

Everyones favourite supplier of robot goodies receives a cease and desist letter from SPARC over trademark infringement. Read the whole thing here.

SPARC really have no idea do they? If you have ever ordered goods from SparkFun before and wouldn`t like to see them forced to change their name by a big company send a quick email to sparcinfo@sparc.org saying what you think of this. Don`t forget, be polite, we are all adults.

I remembered that I was sweating for weeks about what should I have for a power supply circuit. However, I came accross this and all of my worries vanished. … Read more
Price: $0.1 USD
When leaving soldering iron burns on something is not enough, use these stickers to leave (or cover up) your mark. Stickers come with postcard backing so you can … Read more

Questions about Sparkfun shipping

Hello, i'd like to buy some stuff from sparkfun.. The question is: do they ship to Italy? I searched the site but they don't tell which countries are supported and which not. Also, what shipping method should i use? There's a cheap $20 or such but i guess it's only for US (right?) or a quite expensive (about $60) fedex shipping.

Also, how does the prices get converted to euro? Are there some extra costs?