Infrared Control Freak 360 – ROBOTmaker

It’s a 360 degree multifunctional programmable sensor that has a bundle of cool features for sensing for your Maker, Robot and Kinetic art type projects.

Infrared Control Freak 360 - ROBOTmaker

The sensors is also packed with two ambient light sensors (for light tracking experiments or line following) and IR remote control functionality so it can can read and transmit Sony SIRC IR control signals.

Infrared Control Freak 360 –  ROBOTmaker

The sensor is designed to fit onto micro sized robots (50mm x 50mm) where 360 degrees of proximity sensing, ambient light sensing and basic inter-robot communication is required, such as robot swarms, robot research, robot gaming and robot sumo competitions.

GM Arts – Music Guitar Science

This site is offered in the hope that readers will better understand electric guitar technology, leading to creative use of your musical tools. Of course, only practice will improve your musical vocabulary and articulation….

GM Arts – Music Guitar Science

“Hello World! I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and my interests are electric guitar, playing live music, writing MIDI sequences, programming in Visual Basic, dabbling in electronics, with a casual interest in popular science. I have some years of experience in these fields, and use these Web pages to share my knowledge freely. ..”

GM Arts - Music Guitar Science

 

Electric Guitar

Most musical instruments and their amplification systems, such as those used for public address (PA), recording and hi-fi are designed to reproduce sound as accurately as possible. Electric guitar and its amplification is completely different: every item in the guitar signal chain is designed to modify the raw guitar signal in some way.

  • Guitar Amplifiers – valves vs transistors, some overdrive circuit ideas.
  • Guitar Pickups – get the most out of them alone and in combination,
  • MIDI Music – A guide on MIDI messages, circuit for a PC-MIDI interface.

Related Resources –

  • Pickup Winder Web Page
  • Overdrive schematics – partial designs
  • Pickup wiring and switching ideas

Learn on Gadget Hacks and Making Things

A Typical Hardware Hobby Enthusiast is a Hacker when he starts learning, it is sometimes given the name of reverse engineering in another context. The Hardware Hobby Freelance hacker is better off, he is doing it for Learning and Education. Students should be given new and challenging projects in well equipped labs, to augment their skills and make them productive in their jobs from day one.

Hobby Projects – Insulation tester, LED Circuits, Meters.

Hobby DIY Electronics and Making Things at delabs

We all learn by breaking up things, to see how it works, then Fix things around Home etc. Later Create and Innovate perhaps, thats the way to go. To Invent something someday.

Circuit Diagrams Archives Reference

Here are some people doing just that, inspire you to create useful things for your Home. We should never become over dependent on others for everything, this will erode our knowledge base, skills and freedom.

Silicon Chip – Electronics Hobby DIY Magazine, Projects to Build and Kits too.

Nuts and Volts – Aimed at the electronics hobbyist, with articles covering amateur radio, cellular. communications.

HacknMod.com – Led Projects, Arduino, DIY & Hobby Circuitry, Free Energy Ideas.

Hackaday – Breaking Gadgets, Gizmos and Equipment to learn how it works.

PJRC – Electronic Projects with Components

PJRC Electronic Embedded Systems Projects with parts  Paul and Robin’s Home offers free technical design data and detailed instructions for building them. Useful for Education. .

PJRC – Embedded Electronic Projects

The Teensy is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system, in a very small footprint, capable of implementing many types of projects. All programming is done via the USB port.

Teensy USB Development Board

Version 3.6 features a 32 bit 180 MHz ARM Cortex-M4 processor with floating point unit. All digital and analog pins are 3.3 volts. Do not apply more than 3.3V to any signal pin.

Teensy USB Development Board

8051 Tools,  8051 Development Circuit Board, PAULMON2 Monitor Program, AS31 Assembler & SDCC C Compiler, Code Library.

8051 Resources And Projects

delabs Notes –

What better way to learn the uC, than by Building your own Musical Instrument or Music Player. More Motivation than you can ask for.

Elliott Sound Products – The Audio Pages

There is a very wide range of power amplifiers, preamps, guitar/ bass amplifiers, studio equipment, effects, and other projects to build, including loudspeakers, subwoofers, and many others

Elliott Sound Products – The Audio Pages

Elliott Sound Products - The Audio Pages

  • Projects – Complete listing of ESP’s free project and design articles
  • Articles – Informative articles about audio, building projects, and electronics in general
  • Buy PCBs for ESP Projects – boards supplied have very comprehensive documentation.

ESP Resource of Rod Elliott –  The above pages has many useful ideas and practical tips – delabs

It is by Hobby and DIY – Do it Yourself, Education Starts even without books. Then you need to read to enhance your abilities to Design your own.

In order to compensate or enhance your education, you need to work at a small shop as an apprentice even as a student, not for the sake of project work alone. An Evening job at a factory or a home mini workshop-lab is very essential for obtaining the skills – Solderman 1702

Sparkle Labs Electronics DIY Kits

Sparkle Labs brings their expertise in design, branding, usability, and education to create hi-tech, hi-touch products and environments.

Sparkle Labs Electronics DIY Kits

Like the old Radio Shack spring circuits but updated with modern teaching styles. The growing DIY movement is empowering people to take control of their products and environment.

Sparkle Labs Electronics DIY Kits

Discover Electronics Kit contains everything you need to learn the basics of electronics and make your own projects. It contains the most common electronics components as well as a prototyping breadboard for you to get started right away. Easy full color diagrams teach you how to bring your own ideas to life.

Electronics Work Culture and Discipline

Systematic and Meticulous work has its own Rewards. An Engineers Notebook or a Hobby Experiments Log Book can go a long way in making a Cauliflower out of every Cabbage. (The credits of the Vegetable Analogy goes to Mark Twain)

1. Keep Work Place Clean.

Clean Tables and shelves every day before closing office, Put Cut leads and Solder shots in a separate cup to be accumulated and disposed later as these are toxic. In this cup other irritants like staple pins can be added and these can be clubbed in a month and disposed off as one metallic bulk for recycling. Never bring coffee or food to work area, Keep a waste paper basket on your side.

2. Work carefully to avoid injury

When cutting leads hold the lead in the hand and cut or it will fly all over the place. A piece like that may land on another equipment and cause shorts or it may go right into your eyes and cause blindness. Lead and Iso propyl alcohol and other Chemicals may be dangerous for health if handled carelessly. Do not use fingers, and teeth as tools it is bound to cause a injury to repent a lifetime. Be extra careful with 230V AC and more so with 440V 1 tr 2mA thru your heart and a weak streak of luck may be the last experience you ever had. Do not press your Luck too hard.

Electronics Work Culture and Discipline

3. Protect Desk or table surface.

If you are cutting something let it not leave marks on table, even adhesive stains should not deface table, use a asbestos, Bakelite, fiberglass, hardboard surface which can be disposed once in a way. Before working put two layers of news paper on the table this prevents table from getting spoilt while soldering and newspapers being hygroscopic (water absorbent) they provide a natural antistatic surface to protect CMOS Ics and are nonconductors for any Live PCB kept on the paper.

4. Use tools and equipment’s in a gentle manner.

When you use weller Iron use it as a heat transfer tool never use it for prying or crimping leads or just pressing use pliers or other tools for that.

5. Document what you do and vice versa.

Have a register in which you can make records of what you did to solve a problem or what you learnt while making an equipment this information is valuable for the company to develop production methods and also useful to your team to solve a similar problem. Share abilities and skills with fellow employees but don’t share your company’s technology and database with any other company. When you leave a company use only the abilities and skills in that broad area to evolve as a professional.

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