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From the Field: The AVC Renaissance Man

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be letting some of our customers take over the blog to talk about how they use their favorite SparkFun tools and products in their projects, businesses and everyday lives. The best part? All the SparkFun items on their wishlist will be on sale today only!

Jesse Brockmann is a senior software engineer with over 20 years of experience. Jesse works for a large corporation designing real-time simulation software. He is a long time maker, and he first purchased a gyro and other components from SparkFun in 2006 to build a rover.

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I’ve used many micros for my projects through the years, from a PIC Micro using an Olimex development board from SparkFun, basic stamps, PICAXE, Arduino Uno and Mega, Maple Mini and Mbed. All of these left me wanting more, and then I encountered the Teensy. I designed several projects using the Teensy and I was hooked! My first Teensy was a 3.0. Since then I used the 3.1, 3.2 and 3.5. The majority of my new projects use the Teensy 3.5. The speed of 120mhz and 256kb of RAM, 5V compatibility, and the ability to communicate and program via USB with onboard microSD are amazing. The price is also very reasonable.

Jesse’s wishlist (on sale today only!):

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The above is a project I created for a solar water pump control project. It will be exposed to the elements and needs to be very robust. This the first prototype.

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If anyone is serious about electronics, eventually you will want to invest in tools beyond a soldering iron. At some point, through-hole components won’t be enough. So, how do you solder SMD components? My current choice is to use a Hot-Air Rework Station – 303D. You can tin the pads with a conventional soldering iron, or use solder paste. Then place the component using tweezers, hold the component and heat the solder until it melts. I’ve also used the rework station to remove components when they need to be replaced, or to touch up solder joints that looked questionable. You can read more at the tutorial from SparkFun. The breakout board above for the Decawave DWM1000 was designed by Wayne Holder and assembled for me by a friend using the Hot-Air Rework Station.

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This board was created by my friend Alex Baer. It intercepts the tachometer and speedometer signals from a Corvette for a large project to add a push-button start to his Corvette.

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I’ve tried many different sensors on my rovers over the last seven years, but it’s very difficult to find a sensor without flaws. The LiDAR Lite is an amazing sensor, with long distance sensing at a high sample rate. Being I2C-based, it is easy to interface with, and you can have multiple sensors on the same I2C network. I designed the above scanning LiDAR Lite setup years ago, but decided it was too complex. Instead I suggest using a servo to scan back and forth for a reasonable setup for detecting obstacles.

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The above image is of Ted Meyers’s rover Daisy Rover. He is using a LiDAR Lite attached to a servo, and two TFMinis for side coverage. The servo has been modified to provide position feedback, and a protective visor was added to block direct sun from the sensor. You can read all about the LiDAR Lite at this tutorial.

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In addition to these products, there are several I frequently use. The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is an amazing board that I use when I need a more complex controller for projects. I’m also very pleased with the serial version of the TFMini LiDAR, and the new TFMini Qwiic version should simplify use in a project.

I’ve used SparkFun products for 12+ years, and I’m sure I’ll make many more projects that use SparkFun products.

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Friday Product Post: Let’s Do the Qwiic Twist!

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This week we have five new and unique products! Without further delay, let’s jump in and take a closer look:

Twist and Shout!


SparkFun Qwiic Twist - RGB Rotary Encoder Breakout

 


SparkFun Qwiic Twist – RGB Rotary Encoder Breakout

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The SparkFun Qwiic Twist is a digital RGB rotary encoder breakout that is also able to connect to our Qwiic Connect System.

 

 

The SparkFun Qwiic Twist is a digital RGB rotary encoder breakout that is also able to connect to our Qwiic Connect System. The Twist takes care of all the various interrupts, switches and PWM’ing of LEDs, and presents all those features over an easy-to-use I2C interface. The Qwiic Twist was designed to get rid of the large mass of wires needed to implement an RGB encoder in a breadboard, enabling you to stop messing around with interrupt debugging and get back to your project! Utilizing our handy Qwiic system, no soldering is required to connect it to the rest of your system. However, we still have broken out 0.1″-spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.


SparkFun Serial Basic Breakout - CH340C and USB-C

 


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Reflexology Career Training and Course Options

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Enrolling in an accredited school or college to obtain an education in reflexology can help you to pursue the career you dream of. There are many reflexology career training and course options to choose from as far as specialized areas of study and you can choose to receive a certificate or degree. Professional reflexologists are trained to provide a form of natural healing by applying pressure to specific points on the feet and hands to help relieve stress and illness. You can start the path to an exciting career in this field by learning about the opportunities available to you and enrolling today.

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Becoming a professional reflexologist can be done by finding an accredited training program that meets your individual needs and goals. Becoming a professional in this field can be done by selecting a level of training and completing all required coursework. You can choose to train at the certificate or associate degree level which can take approximately six months to one year. Once you have made the decision to enroll in an accredited program and obtain a higher education, you can complete the required coursework and hands on training. This will help you to enter into the employment you desire and become a reflexologist.

With an accredited higher education you can pursue a career in reflexology. Once you have completed the required training at the certificate or associate degree level you can seek employment. Opportunities for entering the workforce in this field can include working in places like:

Spas
Clinics
Salons
Hospitals
Private Practices
Chiropractic Offices

…and many other facilities. By entering into employment in any of these areas you will be able to have a successful career. In order to pursue a career as a reflexologist you must first choose the level of training and complete the coursework that is provided.

Coursework will help you to receive the knowledge that will be needed to provide an alternative form of therapy to your clients. Hands on training also provides education in massage therapy, chart reading, foot mapping, meridians, and many other topics related to this field. Accredited reflexology schools and colleges can also provide the opportunity for you to study acupuncture, ethics, techniques, anatomy, biology, and much more. With knowledge and skills in these areas you will be ready to enter into the workforce and seek the employment you desire. Start by learning more about the training options available to you and enroll in a program today.

Accredited reflexology school programs can provide you with the bets career training available. There are different agencies that can fully accredited qualifying schools that offer the quality education that is needed for a successful career in this field. The American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (ACARET) can provide full accreditation to programs that meet the requirements. You can prepare for training by researching programs and learn more by requesting additional information. Start the path to an exciting future career by enrolling in an accredited school or college today.

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict precise methods, courses and/or focuses related to ANY ONE specific school(s) that may or may not be advertised at PETAP.org.

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Renata McGee is a staff writer for PETAP.org. Locate Accredited Reflexology Schools as well as Opportunities to Study Reflexology Online at PETAP.org, your Partners in Education and Tuition Assistance Programs.

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Options for Acupuncture Training and Careers

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Enrollment in an accredited acupuncture school will help you to gain the educational preparation that is needed for employment. Options for acupuncture training and careers include various levels of education and specialized studies. Training facilities will provide the skills and knowledge that you will need to pursue a successful career. You will need to decide on the path that you wish to follow in order to reach your individual goals. This can include the level of educational training as well as a specialized are of study. Begin by learning more about the opportunities available to you.

In order to prepare for a professional career in acupuncture, you will need to find an accredited school or college that provides the training you desire. Training to become a professional will require that you select the training program that is right for you. This will help you to obtain knowledge and skills in the areas that will prepare you for entrance into a professional career. Study programs are attainable at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Accredited programs offer training in specialized areas such as:

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Electro-Acupuncture
Auricular Acupuncture

The level of degree and specific area of training that is chosen will determine the length of time that will be dedicated to training and coursework. The completion of a higher education program will help prepare you for a stimulating career.

There are a number of career opportunities available once you have completed training and obtained a degree in acupuncture. Accredited schools and colleges offer the educational preparation that is needed for you to seek out a professional career. You can look forward to becoming an:

Acupuncturist
Massage Therapist
Natural Healer
Chiropractor

or other related professional. Making the decision to obtain a higher education in this field will help you by providing the coursework and training that you will need to learn how to insert needles into the skin to promote healing. You will learn various techniques by enrolling in a program and pursuing a career.

The coursework that is provided to you will cover a number of topics that are relative to the career you wish to enter. You can expect to attend courses in Chinese medicine, anatomy, safety, patterns of disease, five elements, and much more. With an accredited training program you might also be able to learn holistic health, herbal medicine, point location, clinical practice, ethics, and more. You can begin by finding a program that meets your needs and enrolling today.

Accredited acupuncture schools provide the best quality education and career preparation that is available to you. The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is approved to award accreditation the training and degree programs that meet all standards and offer the best possible education. You can begin the process by researching programs to find the one that is right for you. By finding a program and enrolling you can be on the path to an exciting future.

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict precise methods, courses and/or focuses related to ANY ONE specific school(s) that may or may not be advertised on HolisticJunction.com.

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David H. Woods is a staff writer for HolisticJunction.com. Locate and request information from Acupuncture Schools and Colleges, as well as other Colleges and Universities offering Training in Acupuncture at http://www.HolisticJunction.com, your positive pathway to discovery!

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