A while back I wrote a blog series for Atmel on how to build a microcontroller board.
I also created a version for my blog, and it became very popular.
The idea was to show what it takes to build a microcontroller board from scratch. [Read more…]
Now you can get free printed circuit boards for your project.
A printed circuit board, or a PCB, is a board specifically designed for your project. And it makes it much easier to create projects that need a lot of connections.
To make a PCB you first need to create the schematics for your circuit. Then draw the connections you need in a PCB design software such as Eagle, KiCAD or Fritzing.
This drawing is then sent to a PCB manufacturer that will produce the final board for you. Then all you have to do is to solder the parts onto your board.
Here’s my advice:
If you want a job in electronics, show them that you love electronics.
I’ve previously gotten a job as a Python programming teacher without knowing Python. And I’m convinced it was because I showed them that I loved programming (which I do).
This is possible because of an update in the Arduino software.
New to Arduino? Check out What Is Arduino?
In the newest version of the Arduino software, there’s a tool that makes it super easy to build a simple oscilloscope!
It’s called Serial Plotter and it works like this:
It listens on a serial port, and it plots every number that it sees.
That means, to create an oscilloscope, all you need to do is to write code that prints out the voltage value from an analog input, and the arduino plotter will take care of the rest.
I only used 7 lines of code to make this work!
Kirchhoffs law of current and voltage are two laws that are really useful when you are working with circuits.
Though they might sound complicated (*), they’re not.
After you’ve learned them, it’s not really something you use – it’s something you KNOW. And it makes looking at and understanding circuit diagrams much easier.
A short circuit is a connection that was not meant to be there. For example, if you accidentally connect the plus to the minus of a battery, you have a short circuit between plus and minus of the battery. Which is not good.
You can use it as a verb as well:
“I accidentally short’ed the battery and it exploded!”
(Yes, some batteries can really explode if you short circuit it.)
This is a very important concept to understand, because it’s used a lot in “electronics language”.
Sometimes I really enjoy diving into electronics books with a freshly brewed coffee by my side. Just immersing into some interesting subject. But it is really important to not get stuck in the books. You need to get your soldering iron out and practice what you learn. Otherwise it’s no use learning it, right?
There are many electronics books available today. And they can differ quite a bit in how they are written. And I love that! People like to learn in different ways. Some like the extremely detailed and heavy theory book, while other like to get practical and learn by doing.
In this article I’m going to cover a few electronics books that will help you learn electronics from scratch or expand on the knowledge that you have already gained.
There are many versions of the symbol for each component in electronics. Below I’ve listed the ones I’m using the most.
You see, I got a drone for Christmas this year.
It was really windy outside that day. However, I was so excited to take it for a spin!
I found a big open space, put my drone down on the ground, and started the take-off.
I only got the drone a couple of meters up into the air before the wind took charge. It blew it further and further away from me until it crashed into a tree and fell onto the ground.
This didn’t stop me though. I started over again.
But the same thing happened. It was impossible to control the drone in the strong wind!
After maybe ten crashes, one of the rotors stopped working!
I hoped it was just a flat battery, but it was not.