BELMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A comprehensive study of electronics hobbyists released today found that over 68% of hobbyists believe electronics as a hobby is essential to fueling the American economy. Over 1700 electronics hobbyists participated in the study, the Great American Electronics Hobbyist Census, conducted by electronic component distributor, Jameco Electronics.
In 2014, electronic component shipments in the United States grew to 4.9% according to the Commerce Department—well ahead of the growth of the overall economy. Participants cited component availability and affordability as a driving factor behind future growth in the hobby.
“By all measures, the electronics hobby is booming,” said Greg Harris, Jameco Vice President of Marketing. “Our study found an underlying passion for electronics that builds the kinds of skills that make the American economy strong.” Serious electronics enthusiasts expect growth of the hobby to continue. More than half of the study respondents state they plan to increase the amount of electronics projects they complete over the next five years.
Jameco Electronics Hobbyist Study: Electronics Skills Are Critical to Fueling American Economy – [Link]
The term mechatronics engineering was coined in Japan during the 1970s, used to describe working in robotics. It has since developed as a practise encompassing electrical, mechanical, electronic and control engineering. Mechatronics combines these areas of the industry to allow the development, design and application of smart devices in an integrated, cross-disciplinary manner.
Today there is a huge industry demand for those who can work in interdisciplinary engineering environments. A career in mechatronics can lead a number of challenging roles especially in fields such as vehicle testing and manufacturing, building space, defence and industrial systems and the marketing and sales of engineering products. There is ample opportunity to work both in the UK and overseas and the field offers excellent benefits to those who work within it. Read the rest of this entry »
by Ben Coxworth @ gizmag.com:
Someday soon, your milk carton may be able to tell you that the milk has spoiled, or your bandage may indicate that it needs changing. These and other things could be made possible by a new technique developed at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, which allows disposable electronics to be printed on a variety of surfaces, using an existing T-shirt printer.
Disposable electronic circuits produced with a T-shirt printer – [Link]
[San Francisco, CA] – Amidst the countless universities and schools raising tuition rates and cost of education, one man is stepping outside the norm and providing classes on electrical engineering completely free of charge: No ads; no memberships; just free education.
Christopher Peurifoy, a Masters of Electrical Engineering graduate from California State University: Chico and creator of the electronics website pyroelectro.com, wants to share his wealth of knowledge with anyone with an Internet connection and the desire to learn. The only obstacle in his way is the cost of funding such an undertaking. Read the rest of this entry »
Book #1 : Starting with the electronics hobby – Free to download
Other 4 ebooks are available to purchase. John @ www.theelectronicsbook.com writes:
This book will teach you all the basic rules of the electric circuits world. It will guide you step by step with pictures and examples. More than 80 pages of theoretical and practical information.
This book includes the following subjects: Electric current, voltage, Resistance, Water-electronics analogy, Ohm’s law, Waveforms, What is a multi-meter?, Using multi-meter, Component’s part number, Symbols of components , Searching methods for components, datasheets, Resistance color code, Circuits with resistors , Experiment: Resistance measurement and many more basic rules of the electronic circuit.
No previous knowledge is required. Starting from the basics and moving on to practical electronics. Many examples and experiments on every electronic component. Full of pictures for better understanding.
Free ebook – Starting with the electronics hobby – [Link]
Ahh, the electronics workbench – shrine to the electron, the diode, the transistor, the soldering pencil and flux pen.
You can learn a lot about someone by looking at their workspace. Note the way that they store components (in pullout drawers or plastic organizers?), hang test leads (on hooks or wire racks, or on a nail?), and keep spools of wire at the ready for repairs and new projects.
A look at someone’e electronics workbench gives you a small glimpse into what is usually a fairly personal space – a space where visions become reality and electronics projects are brought to life.
While there are quite a few electronics workbenches on flickr, I determined after a quick search that there had been no attempt to bring all of these glimpses into a hobbyist or engineer’s soul together into one place.
It’s open to everyone, so if you’ve got photos of your own bench, add it to the group!
Electronics Workbench – [Link]
Aktakom offers essential laboratory package complete with oscilloscope, signal generator, power supply and 6 in 1 digital multimeter.
Miami Fl., October 11, 2011, 2011 – T&M Atlantic, distributor of the test and measurement equipment today announced a package deal that combines all the basic equipment necessary for assembling a new electronics laboratory. The laboratory package includes: Aktakom ADS-2061M (60MHz; 500MS/s; 2ch) Digital Storage Oscilloscope, Aktakom AWG-4105 (5MHz; 125 MS/s; Wave length: 16 K pts.; 2ch) Function / Arbitrary Waveform Generator, Aktakom APS-3205 ( 30V:5A; 2ch) Power Supply and Aktakom AMM-1062 6 in 1 Professional Digital Multimeter with Environment Measurements (Light Meter, Sound Meter, Humidity Meter, Temperature Meter & Non-contact AC voltage detector). This laboratory package is not just functional and economical it is also portable and with optional VGA output for an oscilloscope could be used for presentations, demonstrations and brainstorm sessions.
First introduced at the NCSL International Show in Washington DC, ADS Oscilloscopes and AWG Generators attracted interest from many leading laboratories including: MIT, John Hopkins University, UMASS, UPENN and UCA Berkley.
More information is available at www.tmatlantic.com
Introductory Prices start from $999.00 Plus Free Shipping and Free Oscilloscope Carry Bag
Aktakom electronics laboratory under $1000 – [Link]
Electronics design engineers across the globe are burdened with lengthy and disparate design processes – from concept to pre-production – all-while balancing the need to bring products to market faster. In short, the ability to save hundreds of hours in the design process is critical to advancing designs.
As part of an ongoing effort to better understand the needs of design engineers, element14 today unveiled findings from a global study conducted by TFI looking at the critical challenges throughout the design process. The study revealed several pain points – increasing time pressures, incomplete/inaccurate information from relevant sources, and difficulty comparing options. Additional findings include:
- Over 70% of design engineers rely heavily on online forums, blogs and engineering communities
- Engineers spend about 50% of their research time online
- A majority of respondents cited the earlier stages of design as the most challenging (consuming an average of 41% of design time)
“Design with Efficiency: Toward a Streamlined Process for Electronics-Industry Design Engineers” – [Link]
Tony R. Kuphaldt writes:
We live in a world where the accumulation of knowledge is exponential over time, and where the ability to continuously learn and make sound judgments is essential to survival. Formal education ought to play an important role in preparing individuals to succeed in this environment, but many traditional modes of education actually discourage development of independent thinking skills necessary for success.
The most important thing any educator can impart to a student, in any context, is the ability to teach themselves. When teachers dispense knowledge to students in the traditional lecture format — where students passively watch and listen — they deny students deep interaction with the subject matter. Furthermore, instructor-centered pedagogy assumes and reinforces the debilitating notion that education can only happen in the presence of a superior: You (the student) need me (the teacher) in order to learn.
Socratic Electronics – [Link]
We’ve all got them. Computers, mobiel phones, LCD screens and other electronic gadgets. Their great to us while we use them, but what happens to them when they become obsolete? Well, they go into a process called Urban Mining.
When electronics become obsolete – [Link]