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What’s in Your Grab-and-Go?
July 2017
What’s in your “grab-and-go” bag when you get phone calls for help on a friend’s electronic equipment?

Real Electronics
June 2017
I’m no Luddite, but my “real” electronics gadgets and instruments look more appealing.

Biology + Electronics
May 2017
Consider the vast world of electronics as it is applied to biology and biological systems.

My First Time Machine — Well, at Least My First Flux Capacitor
April 2017
With a circuit simulator and a basic knowledge of components and circuit theory, it’s possible to simulate just about any electronic device that can be built.

Translational Reality Part 2: Control the World by Playing Pong
April 2017
See how a classic video game can be adopted for use as a translational reality interface (TRI) to enable the player to monitor and operate a remote device by simply the classic game of Pong.

Keeping It Simple
March 2017
Don’t overcomplicate your purchases.

Translational Reality Interfaces
March 2017
Explore one new way of interacting with embedded systems, smart devices, and the Internet of Things by using a translational reality interface.

The Zombie Apocalypse — Are You Ready?
January 2017
How prepared are you for a disaster — man-made or otherwise?

How do they do that?
February 2012
Reverse engineering is one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors in electronics. I’m talking about replicating the functionality of a device that you’ve seen or read about but that’s too expensive or otherwise unavailable.

Spy Gear
December 2016
Spy technology is a fun vehicle for learning basic electronics

Superfluous Technology: Avoiding the Binge
November 2016
Do you “binge” when it comes to buying electronics for your hobbies?

For Learning, Old School Can be the Best School
December 2015
When I started out in electronics, my “junk box” of rescued parts from TVs, radios, and the like was the source of endless projects and test instruments.

Hand-Wired Electronics
November 2012
There's been an odd movement in the music electronics industry toward hand-wired and point-to-point circuitry. We're talking terminal strips, solder tabs, and discrete components — no circuit boards or chip carriers.

Self-Monitoring Made Easy
October 2016
It’s never been easier or more affordable to self-monitor everything from your heart rate to your body fat composition.

So, Exactly What is Electronics?
September 2016
Given the rapid evolution of the electronics field over the past few years, exactly how do you define electronics today?

Speaker Break-In
November 2009
Is it necessary to break-in speakers for them to reach "full fidelity," or is it just a manufacturers ploy to get customers used to their speakers so they won’t return them?

Make History: Keep a Logbook
August 2016
Notes, sketches, and snapping photos of your circuits/projects can be a time-saving reference, as well as historical documentation for yourself and others.

The Internet of Things
November 2014
Since the birth of the Internet, there has been talk of total connectivity — between people, people and their possessions, and things to things. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a practical reality in many settings.

The Art of Electronics: What Constitutes the Atomic Level?
July 2016
When teaching electronics to others, how do you determine the atomic level?

Wall Light Switches: Relics of the Tungsten Age?
June 2016
Given the increased popularity of multi-function light bulbs, it’s clear that the traditional light-only bulb and the associated 110V circuitry are on their way out.

When Less is More: Designing for Minimum Mass
July 2012
If you’re a typical N&V reader, then sizing a component means defining its value, precision, power handling capacity, operating voltage, physical size, and precision.

Vinyl Flashback
May 2016
There’s a resurgence of interest in vintage vinyl, turntables, and old-school tube amps.

Can’t Get There From Here
June 2014
Children and younger adults often have an easier time picking up microcontrollers, relative to someone with years of experience with analog circuits. This is — in part — because they have no legacy knowledge to get in the way

A MAKER’S DOZEN: Designing Around Failure
April 2014
I just finished a major production run of simulators for training physicians on how to examine the eye. Based on my failure rate, I'd say that a proper maker's dozen is 13.5 units. But, when it comes to DIY, it's not really a "failure rate" but a learning opportunity.

Change the World
July 2015
Take your knowledge of electronics — whatever your level of expertise — and focus it towards solving a meaningful problem. Go ahead, change the world. I dare you!

Indestructibles: The Lure of Tube Audio Equipment
April 2016
My Sony integrated amp with copper chassis and huge toroidal transformers was a tour de force in my audio setup before the power mains took an indirect lightning hit. Because the microcontroller was fried, I couldn’t even get the unit to power up.

How Old is Old Enough?
January 2012
One of the most often asked questions in my inbox is ‘how old is old enough to begin working with electronics?

Designing For Others
April 2011
If you’ve ever designed and built an electronic gizmo for someone else, you know that once the device leaves your sight, anything goes.

Developing Perspectives — When All You Have is a Hammer
March 2016
Sometimes expertise in one area unnecessarily narrows the range of options to be considered when assessing a problem.

Transformations
January 2008
A fundamental application of electronics is transformation — from power supplies that transform AC to DC to microprocessors that transform binary code to text, graphics, and sound.

Designing with Efficiency in Mind
October 2009
It’s difficult to ignore the ‘go green’ mantra that’s sweeping through the media and permeating virtually every industry.

Truth in Specifications?
January 2010
A recent book project of mine revealed manufacturers were either intentionally or unintentionally misleading consumers with product specifications that were confusing, incomplete, or simply false.

Thoughtful Repurposing
November 2011
Teardowns of electronics devices can be an excellent means of learning how to design circuits for the real world, as well as an inexpensive source of parts for your construction projects.

Good Things Come With Small Packages
February 2010
A good friend drops by your place and, knowing that you’re an electronics enthusiast, asks for help with a new handheld gadget that suddenly stopped working.

Modular Designs
February 2008
Instead of working with individual ICs and passive components, cost- and time-conscious engineers design and construct prototypes by working at the system level using function-specific modules.

The Circuit Development Process
March 2008
There’s a deep sense of satisfaction that results from developing, building, testing, and ultimately using a circuit of your own design.

The Art of Diagnosis
April 2009
From Developing Perspectives

Are You An Innovator?
June 2007
There is no one correct path to becoming an innovator. By mastering experimental fundamentals, you’ll be in a better position to innovate.

How Do You Measure Competency?
July 2007
Do you consider yourself a competent electronics enthusiast?

The Golden Age Of Electronics
August 2009
From Developing Perspectives

The End Of The Wristwatch
July 2009
From Developing Perspectives

The microMedic Kit
February 2013
This is a review of the microMedic Contest Kit, designed to support the 2013 microMedic National Contest sponsored by the US Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (http://www.tatrc.org) in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center and Parallax, Inc.

The SparkFun ProtoSnap Pro Mini
December 2011
Editor's review of the SparkFun ProtoSnap Pro Mini

The Digilent Electronics Explorer - Review
November 2011
See if this all-in-one analog circuit design station is for you.

Developing Perspectives
September 2010
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Developing Perspectives
August 2010
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Developing Perspectives
July 2010
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Developing Perspectives
May 2010
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Developing Perspectives
April 2010
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Developing Perspectives
March 2010
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Developing Perspectives
February 2010
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Developing Perspectives
January 2010
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Developing Perspectives
December 2009
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Developing Perspectives
November 2009
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Developing Perspectives
September 2009
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Developing Perspectives
August 2009
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Developing Perspectives
June 2009
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Developing Perspectives
May 2009
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Kit Building
March 2009
My latest kit, a hybrid preamp, makes an affordable, high-quality guitar amplifier that provides real 'tube sound' that even the best all solid-state preamps can only approximate.

Developing Perspectives
February 2009
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Developing Perspectives
January 2008
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Developing Perspectives
February 2008
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Developing Perspectives
March 2008
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Developing Perspectives
April 2008
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Developing Perspectives
May 2008
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Precision Stereo Headphone Amplifier
June 2008
Starting at about $30 in parts for the core amplifier and a weekend of soldering surface-mount components, you can enjoy audiophile sound.

Finding Your Tone
June 2008
Most of the projects described in Nuts & Volts can be built with readily-available, relatively inexpensive components. However, when it comes to tube-based projects, it’s a different matter.

Developing Perspectives
July 2008
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Developing Perspectives
August 2008
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Developing Perspectives
September 2008
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Developing Perspectives
October 2008
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Developing Perspectives
November 2008
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Developing Perspectives
December 2008
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Developing Perspectives
January 2009
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Developing Perspectives
June 2007
With the recent rise in global competition for technology and manufacturing jobs, professional associations, labor organizations, and political groups in the United States have begun to emphasize the need for innovation...

Create Your Own Exergame With The Hydra
June 2007
EXERGAMES, typified by Dance Dance Revolution and the more recent Wii Sports compilation for the Nintendo Wii, encourage whole body movement over mere thumb flexing...

Developing Perspectives
August 2007
As highlighted by several articles in this issue, green innovation — using energy efficient alternatives to fossil fuel and other methods of minimizing the release of carbon in the environment — has bubbled to the surface of our social consciousness. Increased gasoline prices at the pump, US military involvement in the Middle East, and maneuvering of political parties in preparation for the upcoming presidential election, have reinvigorated the green energy product and service industry..

Biologically Inspired Robots
Column: Personal Robotics
August 2007
Developers of biologically inspired robots borrow from systems and methods found in nature with a goal of producing a more efficient, capable, or cost-effective robot than would be possible through traditional means...

Developing Perspectives
September 2007
The projects in this issue of Nuts & Volts address a range of interests, from rocketry instrumentation and weather, to thermal management and instrument calibration standards. Although the relevance of standards is most evident in Doug Malone’s article on building a voltage reference, each of the projects is a tribute to the necessity of standards in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electronic circuitry and instrumentation...

Magnetic Inchworm
Column: Personal Robotics
September 2007
Continue reading to learn how to build a simple robot designed to travel over steel or iron surfaces — a magnetic inchworm — with a few servos, a pair of neodymium magnets, and an R/C system...

Developing Perspectives
October 2007
In this issue of Nuts & Volts, we’re fortunate to feature several excellent articles, including Jeff Mazur’s introduction to digital broadcasting and Paul Kafig’s discussion of thediscrete Fourier transform (DFT). Both topics represent sea changes in the evolution of electronics, but through very different mechanisms...

Developing Perspectives
November 2007
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Developing Perspectives
December 2007
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