It’s not all that often that a new piece of hardware comes along that immediately captures the attention of the builder community. The ESP8266 is the newest example of this. It’s only about the size of a nickel, yet contains a powerful 32-bit microcontroller and a Wi-Fi interface, plus you can buy it for around $4.
The most widely used of all optoelectronic devices is the simple LED (light emitting diode). Here is a presentation of a variety of indicator and flasher circuits using LEDs.
I can hardly imagine an electronics enthusiast without some sort of test bench. This can be as simple as a folding table and a couple of hand tools, along with a cheap DMM (Digital MultiMeter). Or, it can be as elaborate as a spare room just loaded with TE and a full complement of tools and accessories to go with it.
Signal generators are devices used to make the signals used in testing and troubleshooting of radio receivers and other circuits, so are of primary interest to almost everyone interested in electronics.
In the US, the DC volt is legally defined by the Josephson array — a super conducting quantum device with a highly repeatable output voltage. Banks of standard cells and temperature-stabilized zener diode references are used by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) to calibrate DC meters for scientific and industrial customers. So how is the AC volt defined?
As an avid hobbyist, I wanted a convenient way to recharge my battery powered projects without having to tie up the USB ports on my computer. Borrowing from the concept of the wireless chargers on the market, I decided to build my own. So if you like the idea of having a wireless replacement for your USB port, open up your surplus parts drawer and let's start the induction process.
Are you exposed? Build this unit to detect and display levels of radiation, plus you can record months of data to keep track of just how toxic areas may be or become.
Build a solar sequencer that enables a single solar panel to charge multiple batteries of different sizes and capacities, keeping them isolated from each other.
As an experimenter, I use wall warts all the time to power circuit boards, microcontroller boards, and even finished projects. However, during the checkout phase of a new circuit, wall warts present a problem. How do you measure their output when they’re plugged into a board or project box?
Watchdog timers are an excellent way to insure that a microcontroller-based system continues to operate unattended if occasional failures occur. These circuits monitor the operation of the microcontroller and its software and restart it if a problem is detected.
Although there are many variations and implementation techniques, video signals are just a way of transferring visual information from one point to another. The information may be from a VCR, DVD player, broadcast channel, cable television, satellite system, the Internet, or one of many other sources.
Set up your own home electronics workshop and invent, design, build, test, and repair electronic circuits and gadgets.
Nothing but circuits. Over 1,000 pages of 'em! All stolen (er... used by permission) from your favorite magazines from the past and present. This thing is like over two inches thick!!
Detailed instructions, helpful diagrams, parts and suppliers lists, and hardware and software tips make building your own equipment even more enjoyable. After all, isn't that what it's all about?