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February 29, 2012
JAVA & .NET INTEROPERABILITY LEADER JNBRIDGE ANNOUNCES FIRST LAB — SSH ADAPTER THAT INTEGRATES BIZTALK SERVER WITH CROSS-PLATFORM CLOUDS
Company provides specific use case scenarios and source code to show developers how they can connect technologies that have been otherwise difficult, if not impossible, to join
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 29, 2012 — JNBridge, (www.jnbridge.com), a leading provider of interoperability tools that connect the Java and .NET Frameworks both on the ground and in the cloud, today announced the introduction of JNBridge Labs, a series of newly developed interoperability kits designed to help developers address new ways of connecting disparate technologies both on the ground and in the cloud. The labs will be distributed freely, announced on the company’s blog (http://www.jnbridge.com/jn/blog/), with pointers to documentation and links to source code.
The first lab offered is a new adapter for BizTalk Server that uses SSH (Secure Shell) to enable BizTalk Servers to manipulate remote files securely. For example, Microsoft provides a file adapter Software Development Kit (SDK) for the BizTalk Server, but it does not support secure communications. This new SSH Adapter enables secure manipulation, which is particularly important when files are sitting in the cloud and being accessed over the public Internet. SSH is a network protocol for secure network services between networked computers that it connects via a secure channel over an insecure network. It can be used for many applications across many platforms, including UNIX/Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple’s Mac OS X.
“We expect developers will find these labs useful in addressing problems they encounter in their regular work,” explained Wayne Citrin, CTO of JNBridge. “It also provides a way for developers to interact and share best practices and experiences with one another by testing out new ways of overcoming the significant challenges they face related to interoperability.”
With JNBridge’s SSH Adapter for BizTalk Server, users can securely control files on Linux machines from BizTalk Server, for example, Amazon EC2 cloud files. “While this lab uses SSH in the context of BizTalk Server, it’s important to note that the ability to access and manipulate files securely over a network using SSH is equally compelling from general .NET applications, not just from BizTalk Server, so a similar strategy will allow users to use best-of-breed Java SSH libraries from any .NET application,” Citrin added.
JNBridge’s interoperability adapters and software have received numerous accolades over the company’s past 10 years, including being cited as a Gartner Cool Vendor, Reader’s Choice Award from Visual Studio Magazine, and Best of Tech-Ed 2009.
JNBridge expects to offer several more labs throughout the course of the year. The SSH Lab is available now and can be downloaded at (www.jnbridge.com/labs).
JNBridge connects Java and .NET Framework-based components and applications together with tools and adapters that are fast, simple to use and remove the complexities of cross-platform interoperability, both in the cloud and on the ground. JNBridge is a privately-held company based in Boulder, Colorado. Celebrating 10 years, JNBridge counts 25 percent of the Fortune 100 as its customers. The company has more than 490 unique customers in 40 countries that use its award-winning solutions in a wide variety of applications in financial services, insurance, media, manufacturing and other industries. Please visit (www.jnbridge.com) for more information.
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February 20, 2012
SparkFun will also help lead a beginner hacking session for attendees that want to repurpose various technologies
WHO: Pete Dokter
Director of Engineering
Pete Dokter is the Director of Engineering at SparkFun Electronics, a position he has held since 2005. Prior to joining SparkFun, Pete was a technician at HID Corporation.
Education Outreach Coordinator
Lindsay Craig is an education outreach coordinator at SparkFun Electronics, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to joining SparkFun, Lindsay was an after school teacher at Creekside Elementary and a Site Leader at OpenWorld Learning.
Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. The company helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects. SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 130 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
WHAT: “SparkFun Studio: ProtoSnap and Repurposed Electronics”
The ProtoSnap is an Arduino-compatible development platform aimed at teaching the basics of Arduino programming as efficiently as possible. It requires zero assembly, wiring or soldering, so people can jump right into programming the ProtoSnap to control LEDs, buzzers, light sensors and more. There’s even a small prototyping space so attendees can add their own parts!
Participants in the SparkFun Studio at TEI will learn how to couple real life sensors on the ProtoSnap with Processing sketches. These Processing sketches are user generated and can be anything from a game to a data logging tool, limited only by the programming capabilities and imagination of the user. Participants will also learn how to send data back out to an external output from the Processing sketch, thus completing the connection from real world to computer and back again.
Afterwards, SparkFun will help lead a beginner hacking session where participants are provided with some simple examples of how to repurpose various technologies. In addition, SparkFun will help participants hack their own technologies, which they are invited to bring to the session.
The 2012 International Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) Conference addresses design challenges, theories, experiences, systems and new developments, with specific emphasis on all the physical aspects of human interaction with computing technology. Studios at TEI are participatory events that offer novel and practical experiences to conference attendees with an emphasis on making, building, creating and hacking.
WHERE: TEI 2012 (http://tei-conf.org/12/Main/Home)
Feb. 19 – 22, 2012
Human Media Lab – Queen’s University
99 University Avenue
WHEN: SparkFun Studio – Tuesday, February 21 from 12:15 pm – 6:30 pm ET
CONTACT: For more information on SparkFun Electronics, or to set up an interview with Pete and Lindsay, please contact Jeremy Douglas at (303) 581-7760, ext.16 or email@example.com.
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February 17, 2012
BRET DIANICH OF FREEWAVE TECHNOLOGIES TO PRESENT AT THE COLORADO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Business development executive to dispel myths regarding spread spectrum technology and its advantages in the water/wastewater industry
WHO: Bret Dianich
Business Development Executive, Water/Wastewater and Renewable Energy
FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
Bret Dianich joined FreeWave Technologies as a business developer in 2010 and is responsible for servicing the water/wastewater and renewable energy markets. Applications include SCADA telemetry for lift stations, chlorination and filtration systems, solar panel tracking and wind turbine condition monitoring.
Founded in 1993, FreeWave Technologies is a world leader in the innovative design/manufacture of license-free spread spectrum, licensed band radios and wireless data solutions that are trusted for mission critical applications around the world (www.freewave.com).
WHAT: “Southern Utah Water SCADA Project and Dispelling Myths regarding 900MHz Spread Spectrum Technology”
Each year, the water/wastewater industry deploys an increasing number of spread spectrum communication solutions. Previously, the use of wireless telemetry in water/wastewater SCADA systems was almost exclusively in the licensed radio realm. However, the scarcity of available licensed channels as well as its improved technology has made the spread spectrum radio an increasingly popular choice. With the install base of spread spectrum devices rapidly increasing, there have been a number of urban legends, superstitions and myths that have circulated. With the introduction and advancement of any new technology, misconceptions and misunderstandings will always surface. Spread spectrum, like any technology, can be an extremely valuable tool when used in the correct environment and with correct network deployment.
This presentation will explore these “myths” and provide a better understanding of how to use spread spectrum technology in water/wastewater applications and also show where an operator can expect to succeed with spread spectrum communication solutions. In addition, Steele will provide a real-life, case study example of this technology by exploring the Southern Utah Water SCADA Project.
WHERE: Colorado Rural Water Association Annual Conference (CRWA)
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2886 S. Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO
WHEN: Advanced Training Track
Thursday, Feb. 16
1 p.m. MST
CONTACT: For more information on FreeWave, or to set up an interview with Mr. Dianich, please contact Christin Jeffers at Catapult PR-IR (303) 581- 7760, ext. 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15, 2012
CRAIG HELD OF FREEWAVE TECHNOLOGIES TO PRESENT AT THE MIDDLE EAST CORROSION CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
General Manager of International markets to present on the increased efficiency and cost savings offered by battery powered remote monitoring for pipe-to-soil measurements
WHO: Craig Held
General Manager, International
FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
Craig Held is general manager of FreeWave Technologies’ international operations and also serves as cathodic protection product manager.
Founded in 1993, FreeWave Technologies is a world leader in the innovative design/manufacture of license-free spread spectrum, licensed band radios and wireless data solutions that are trusted for mission critical applications around the world (www.freewave.com).
WHAT: “Applications and Innovations for Battery Powered Remote Operating”
Today, when it comes to cathodic protection remote monitoring, automation is making its way as a leading solution. A relative new comer to automated remote monitoring is the use of licensed and spread spectrum wireless data radios that collect mission-critical data. Battery-powered remote monitoring is a new solution that is available for pipe-to-soil measurement. Unlike a traditional wireless system, this automated remote monitoring system option can be submersed and installed underground. This allows operators to more effectively protect their assets in extremely difficult environments. Battery-powered remote monitoring eliminates the need for manual measurements and provides real-time data from the field directly to the user’s fingertips to the point where it’s feasible to eliminate most, if not all, pipe-to-soil manual monitoring.
This presentation will discuss remote monitoring options that are available and affordable in a secure proprietary network with no connection fees. In addition, it will provide a real-world case study example of how technologies, like this are being deployed at a major international airport to improve its automated monitoring.
WHERE: Middle East Corrosion Conference and Exhibition (MECCE) 2012
Gulf International Convention Center-Gulf Hotel
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
WHEN: Applications and Innovations for Battery Powered Remote Operating
Tuesday, Feb. 14
11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. AST
CONTACT: For more information on FreeWave, or to set up an interview with Mr. Held, please contact Christin Jeffers at Catapult PR-IR (303) 581-7760, ext. 19 or email@example.com
February 14, 2012
COLLABNET OFFERS NEW PMI CERTIFIED TRAINING – AGILITY BEYOND SCRUM: PREPARING FOR THE PMI AGILE CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER EXAM
CollabNet works with the Project Management Institute to help project managers prepare for the new Agile Certified Practitioner Exam
BRISBANE, Calif., Feb. 14, 2012, CollabNet® (www.collab.net), the global leader for enterprise cloud development and Agile ALM products and services, today announced “Agility Beyond Scrum: Preparing for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Exam,” a new one-day, PMI-certified workshop that provides a complete overview of Agile principles and prepares candidates for the Project Management Institute ACP exam. The new offering, available in conjunction with CollabNet’s Certified ScrumMaster courses, provides software professionals the opportunity to work toward Scrum Alliance and PMI certification together and from a single source.
“As a global leader in Agile and Scrum training, we are committed to and support both Scrum Alliance and Project Management Institute certifications,” said Tony Farinaro, senior vice president of worldwide services for CollabNet. “Having quality certification programs ensures that Agile-based practices continue to mature and provide value to organizations that are developing and deploying software using more iterative and collaborative methods.”
With a growing number of organizations applying Agile techniques in the management of successful projects, the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading project management member association, recently introduced its new ACP certification. For project practitioners working in organizations that are using Agile techniques, the ACP certification validates an applicable knowledge base of Agile principles and concepts. This certification complements PMI’s existing Agile offerings, such as the Agile Community of Practice, SeminarsWorld and eSeminarsWorld courses, and Agile area of focus sessions at PMI Global Congresses.
CollabNet is both a PMI Registered Education Provider and Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider. It is the world leader in Certified Scrum Training, conducting more than 200 courses a year and certifying more than 3,000 ScrumMasters annually.
Once trained, organizations often have the need to scale their individual workgroup methods to a set of consistent and codified Agile management processes and software development practices to the global level. To meet this need, CollabNet also offers private Agile transformation consulting and coaching services to organizations looking to accelerate the enterprise adoption of Agile practices. All of its courses and services are developed and delivered by industry experts that possess years of hands-on experience within a range of software development organizations. At scale, CollabNet’s leaders have helped organizations literally cut development cycles in half, provide IT savings into the tens of millions of dollars, while also enhancing organizational quality and culture.
The new workshop can be taken as a standalone one-day workshop or as a three-day workshop when combined with a two-day Certified ScrumMaster course. For complete information about Agility Beyond Scrum: Preparing for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Exam, and all of the training and consulting courses offered by CollabNet, please visit (http://www.danube.com/training?extref=cbn).
CollabNet is the recognized leader in enterprise cloud development and Agile ALM, with more than 7,000 global customers that range from single workgroups to large enterprises. Its deep open source roots include the creation of Subversion, the industry leading version control system with millions of users. CollabNet helps enterprise customers build and deploy better software through its focus on collaboration, enterprise Agile methods and cloud development and computing. Many CollabNet customers improve productivity by as much as 70 percent, while reducing costs by 80 percent. Its solutions include TeamForge®, the industry-leading Agile ALM platform for distributed development, ScrumWorks® Pro for Agile project management, Subversion Edge for managed source code management, Codesion™ for cloud-based development and deployment, and a range of Agile-based training, consulting and transformation services. For more information, please visit (www.collab.net).
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February 13, 2012
Catapult enters sixth year promoting the benefits of Agile practices,
the Alliance and the industry’s leading annual conference
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 13, 2012 – Catapult PR-IR, (http://www.catapultpr-ir.com), a strategic public relations firm specializing in b-to-b high-tech markets, today announced it will continue its six-year relationship with Agile Alliance to promote the organization’s contributions to the Agile community and the Agile2012 conference scheduled for Aug. 13 – 17 in Dallas, TX (http://agile2012.agilealliance.org/). Catapult will provide year-round media, industry analyst and social media support to Agile Alliance to help promote the benefits and advancements of Agile-based software development methods.
“Agile Alliance and the annual Agile Conference continues to play an important role in the advancement of Agile methods,” said Phil Brock, managing director for Agile Alliance. “Catapult has played a significant role in the success of our conferences by coordinating media and analyst participation that helps promote both the event and contributions of industry leaders within the Agile community.”
Agile2012 is the leading international conference on Agile methods in software development, bringing together many disciplines in the fields of information systems and software development to foster the exchange of fresh ideas and best practices. Through its deep industry experience within the Agile market and its long-standing relationships with key industry influencers, Catapult has helped position the Agile Conferences as the industry’s premiere Agile event.
“Working with Agile Alliance for the past six years has been very satisfying as the industry matures and the Alliance continues to expand its role in the success of the industry,” said Christie Denniston, senior director of client accounts for Catapult. “The annual Agile Conference is the major event for the Agile community and we look forward to another great turnout at Agile2012 in Dallas.”
In its 11th year, Agile2012 provides independent software vendors, software consultants and in-house corporate development teams with the knowledge and shared experiences that lead to successful Agile programs. Agile2012 connects attendees with the foremost leaders in the Agile domain, enriching the collective body of knowledge and influencing the line of thought in the field. It encourages debate and fosters innovative ideas based on real-world implementations for executives, managers, software development practitioners and researchers from labs and academia. For more information please visit: (http://agile2012.agilealliance.org/).
About Agile Alliance
Agile Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the concepts of Agile software development, as outlined in the (http://www.agilemanifesto.org/). With nearly 6,000 members located around the globe, the Agile Alliance is driven by the principles of Agile methodologies and the value delivered to developers, organizations and end users. The Agile Alliance organizes the annual Agile Conference, the industry’s leading event that attracts practitioners, academia, business and vendor-partner community members from around the globe. The Agile2012 conference (http://agile2012.agilealliance.org/) is scheduled for August 13-17 in Dallas, Texas. For more information about the organization, visit (http://www.agilealliance.org/).
About Catapult PR-IR
Catapult PR-IR provides strategic public relations and investor relations services exclusively for technology companies. Catapult helps its clients establish new market positions that are shared by only an elite few within their industry. The firm has won numerous awards, including PRSA’s Gold Pick Award, Holmes Report’s “Best Agency to Work For” award and the Boulder County Business Report’s Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Companies Award. Catapult’s client roster includes: Agile Alliance, CollabNet, FreeWave Technologies, Gorilla Logic, Inovonics, JNBridge, SparkFun and Tasktop Technologies. For more information on Catapult, call 303-581-7760 or visit the company’s website at (http://www.catapultpr-ir.com).
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Key Industry Group Joins Popular Industry Forum
Loveland, CO – February 13, 2012 – Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (3DCIC – www.3dcic.com), today announced the 3D PDF Consortium will hold its first annual meeting in conjunction with the 3DCIC on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 23, 2012. The 3DCIC is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability in product design, development and manufacturing. The 3D PDF Consortium also is sponsoring the popular industry forum.
“3DCIC is a natural fit for our annual meeting,” says David Opsahl, the Consortium executive director. “The Congress focuses on end user experiences across any industry, and how users are meeting their objectives by leveraging product data assets in ways that generate real return on investment. This is very appealing to our members. They gain valuable insights on innovative ways their manufacturing colleagues are addressing some of the same challenges they themselves face.”
The 3D PDF Consortium is a community of companies interested in collaboration of dynamic 3D data through PDF files. Software providers, systems integrators, government agencies, and businesses that provide and consume 3D data solutions look to the 3D PDF Consortium to demonstrate the success of these solutions within the market and promote 3D PDF as a solution to improve business results. The 3D PDF Consortium promotes 3D PDF adoption through demonstrating best practices and generating awareness of the power of 3D-enabled PDF to solve a multitude of communication and collaboration challenges across various industries.
For more information on the 3D PDF Consortium, please visit: (www.3DPDFConsortium.org).
The 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress is dedicated to fostering and improving collaboration and interoperability in product design, development and manufacturing. Now in its ninth year, the annual Congress is the only vendor- and product-neutral event in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. The international event has grown into an essential forum for executives, managers, senior engineers, and IT professionals to network, learn and strategize with thought leaders from automotive, aerospace and many other manufacturing industries, as well as with representatives from government and defense communities.
Visit the website (www.3dcic.com) to find out more about the event, and for free access to presentations and audios from past events.
About Longview Advisors
Longview Advisors Inc. provides consulting services in the business, technology and application of 3D software in product lifecycle management. For more information, please visit: (www.longviewadvisors.com), or the Longview advisors blog: (www.3Dubiquity.com).
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303-581-7760, ext. 18
Wireless company continues growth path and achieves significant milestones in 2011
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 13, 2012 – FreeWave Technologies, (http://www.freewave.com), manufacturer of the most reliable, high-performance spread spectrum and licensed wireless data radios for critical data transmission, today announced it has paid its 34th consecutive round of bonuses to its employees. The company has consistently distributed the semi-annual bonuses since July 1995 based on achieving certain financial goals and overall profitability.
Since its beginning, FreeWave has believed that hiring and retaining top talent is key to its overall success. It has an aggressive benefits program that includes a superior retirement plan, commitment to employees’ personal growth and a work culture that, while demanding, is highly rewarding.
“Our employees are the reason that we can continue to invest in FreeWave’s growth and overall success,” noted Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies. “Because of their contributions, FreeWave continues to receive accolades from industry sources and its customers.”
In line with its continuing success, FreeWave achieved a number of significant accomplishments during the past 12 months, including:
- Receiving industry recognition for several of its products, including Control Engineering Magazine’s Engineer’s Choice Award; Plant Engineering Magazine’s Finalist for Product of the Year Award; TMCNet’s Smart Grid Excellence Award; and, receiving company praise by the Communication Technology Professionals (CTP) Ascent Award.
- Introducing the industry’s first wireless, battery-powered, submersible cathodic protection radio. A game changer in cathodic protection remote monitoring, not only does it help operators work toward regulatory compliance with monitoring, but is a step toward reaching active mitigation.
- Continuing to expand – both in growing its employee base as well as geographically. In 2011, the company increased its staff by 24 percent spurred by growth in key markets.
“At FreeWave, every single employee knows it is his or her job to focus on the customer. Whether that is through the design of our radios to their manufacturing, testing or support, 100-plus percent commitment to customer satisfaction is engrained in our culture,” Sharma said. “By adhering to these high quality standards and rewarding our employees for going above and beyond in serving our customers, we have built a company that has withstood economic, industry and financial challenges where many others have failed. This achievement is a testament to our employees and we are grateful for their hard work and efforts.”
About FreeWave Technologies
Founded in 1993, FreeWave Technologies manufactures the most reliable, high performing, lowest power consumption, spread spectrum and licensed wireless data radios for mission-critical data transmission. Based in Boulder, Colorado, FreeWave designs and manufactures radios that are the leading choice for oil and gas, utility, military and numerous other industrial applications. Organizations that count on radio data communications for operational success – where failure and down-time are not an option – trust FreeWave for custom network design, system engineering and customer support that are unparalleled in the market. For additional information, contact FreeWave directly at 866.399.4930 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the company’s website at www.freewave.com or connect with the company via Twitter: @freewavetech.
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February 9, 2012
BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 09, 2012 — Catapult PR-IR, (http://www.catapultpr-ir.com), a leader in strategic public and investor relations for technology companies, today announced it has promoted Jeremy Douglas to account coordinator. Douglas, who joined Catapult in June 2010, previously served as public relations assistant for the firm. Since joining Catapult, Douglas has expanded his role and responsibilities from research and administrative duties to now media relations, writing and client relations.“Catapult always is on the look-out for results-driven employees to join its team and Jeremy has proven that he fits that mold,” said Guy Murrel, co-founder and principal. “He quickly grasped our clients’ technologies and was able to make an immediate and long-lasting impact in adding value to their goals and objectives. He is a valued member of our team.”
Douglas works on a variety of accounts at Catapult, including long-standing client, FreeWave Technologies, Inovonics and SparkFun Electronics. His attention to detail and relationship-driven attitude has assisted him in accelerating clients’ results.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work in an environment where I can make a difference,” Douglas said. “It is rewarding to be part of a team where results and achieving overall client satisfaction are always top of mind. I look forward to many more challenging and exciting opportunities to always continue to help our clients meet their goals.”
About Catapult PR-IR
Catapult PR-IR is ranked as Colorado’s top PR firm focused exclusively on technology by O’Dwyer’s 2011 PR Firm Rankings (http://www.odwyerpr.com). It helps its clients establish and maintain market-leading positions that are shared by only an elite few within their industry. The firm has won numerous awards, including PRSA’s Gold Pick Award, Holmes Report’s “Best Agency to Work For” award and the Boulder County Business Report’s Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Companies Award. Catapult’s client roster includes the Agile Alliance, FreeWave Technologies, Gorilla Logic, Hach, JNBridge, Sparkfun, Tasktop Technologies and ThoughtWorks. For more information on Catapult, call 303-581-7760 or visit the company’s website at http://www.catapultpr-ir.com.
February 8, 2012
Class Helps Attendees Learn How to Make Electronics-filled Stuffed Animals – just in time for Valentine’s Day
BOULDER, Colo. Feb. 8, 2012 — – On February 11, 2012, Boulder-based SparkFun Electronics (www.sparkfun.com), provider of parts, knowledge and passion for electronics creation, will host its first ever Plushbot Class. The class centers around the Plushbot design, which incorporates electronics into stuffed animals to create interactive toys – also making it a great do-it-yourself (DIY) Valentine’s Day present. The class will be taught Yingdan Huang, creator of the Plushbot.
The Plushbot Class represents one of the newest additions to SparkFun’s line of educational curriculum and signifies the growing interest in e-textiles projects across the world. Hosted by the SparkFun Education Department, this class is suitable for electronics enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
During the class, attendees will create a pattern, learn how to lay out circuits and print the pattern. Students will then sew together their project using both conductive and non-conductive thread. Finally, they will program the project so the outputs correspond to the input of the sensors. Some troubleshooting of sewn circuits will be necessary and covered before the end of class.
“We’re very excited about the Plushbot Class. It represents just one item in our continued goal of expanding our educational programs,” said SparkFun Director of Marketing AnnDrea Boe. “The Plushbot Class joins a host of other new classes we hope will help encourage innovation in the DIY electronics field.”
The Plushbot Class will take place on February 11, 2012 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at SparkFun’s headquarters and there are no prerequisites for participation. The class is currently sold out, but SparkFun is happy to provide the tools, information and support for anyone who is interested in making a plushbot of their own.
To view a picture of a plushbot and for more information, please visit: (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11070)
For a list of upcoming classes being offered at SparkFun, please visit: http://www.sparkfun.com/categories/154
About SparkFun Electronics
Founded in 2003, SparkFun shares its passion by providing parts, knowledge, and innovation for those looking to explore the world of embedded electronics. It helps anyone discover their inner inventor and enables individuals to create their own electronics projects.
SparkFun currently offers more than 1,800 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units and Bluetooth modules. The company employs 130 people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
Find SparkFun on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/SparkFun), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SparkFun), Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/SparkFun), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/SparkFun), Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com/SparkFun), and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/106084846822083498483/posts)