The creator of the CircuitLab simulation software, now used in electronics courses at MIT, CMU, and other top universities, has just released the first few chapters of a new book. It’s called “Ultimate Electronics: Practical Circuit Design and Analysis,” and it’s available free online. It’s interactive because every schematic in the book can be clicked to open it, and many have a simulation that can be run and changed right in the browser. Take a look at: https://www.circuitlab.com/textbook/
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San Francisco, CA (July 7, 2017)—School’s out for summer, but learning doesn’t have to stop at the classroom door. For parents and educators looking to keep their students exploring, tinkering, and creating, No Starch Press offers the latest addition to its lineup of STEM books.
The Arduino Inventor’s Guide (No Starch Press, $29.95, 336 pp., June 2017) is a project-packed introduction to building and coding with the Arduino microcontroller. With each hands-on project, total beginners learn useful electronics and coding skills while building an interactive gadget.
This is No Starch Press’s second installment in its introductory-level educational series for aspiring makers. The series is a collaboration with SparkFun Electronics, the popular electronics parts retailer dedicated to making the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. Authors Brian Huang and Derek Runberg of SparkFun’s Department of Education use their teaching experience to make learning about electronics an adventure.
“We wanted to share the magic that happens when you build something interactive with electronics,” says Huang. “The goal is to teach real, valuable hardware skills, one project at a time,” adds Runberg.
New Arduino Book Teaches Electronics Skills One Project at a Time – [Link]
Julien Happich @ eedesignnewseurope.com presents a new book for makers from element14:
The element14 community provides support and inspiration through a combination of articles, design challenges, roadtests and the power of close to half a million global members with their combined experienced and knowledge. This tips book brings together hints and tips from the element14 community team, top members and friends from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, BeagleBoard.org and The Ben Heck Show to provide inspiration for makers looking to get started, or for inspiration with a project.
‘Tips Book for Makers’: a free download at element14 – [Link]
Are you an experienced maker who are looking for more advanced Arduino skills to get?
Warren Andrews, an experienced engineer and journalist, wrote a new book that walks makers through building 10 outside-the-box projects, helping them advance their engineering and electronics know-how. With this book, makers will delve more deeply into hardware design, electronics, and programming.
The “Arduino Playground: Geeky Projects for the Curious Maker” book is published by the Geek book publisher, No Starch Press. Projects inside the book provide a way to build new things that vary between practical and fun.
Content of the book
The book has 11 chapters, the first one is a warm up, it contains a quick guide to get the Arduino ready, prepare the IDE and try some sketches, making DIY PCBs, and using SOICs. Each chapter of the other 10 chapters is a project chapter that starts with listing the required tools, components, and software, followed by detailed instructions of the build containing all sketches and board templates. There are also author’s design notes, which are sure to provide inspiration for your own inventions.
- Chapter 0: Setting Up and Useful Skills
- Chapter 1: The Reaction-Time Machine
A reaction-time game that leverages the Arduino’s real-time capabilities
- Chapter 2: An Automated Agitator for PCB Etching
A tool for etching your own printed circuit boards
- Chapter 3: The Regulated Power Supply
A regulated, variable-voltage power supply
- Chapter 4: A Watch Winder
A kinetic wristwatch winder decked out with LEDs
- Chapter 5: The Garage Sentry Parking Assistant
A garage parking assistant that blinks when your vehicle is perfectly parked
- Chapter 6: The Battery Saver
A battery saver that prevents accidental discharge
- Chapter 7: A Custom pH Meter
- A practical and colorful pH meter
- Chapter 8: Two Ballistic Chronographs
A ballistic chronograph that can measure the muzzle velocity of BB, Airsoft, and pellet guns
- Chapter 9: The Square-Wave Generator
A square-wave generator
- Chapter 10: The Chromatic Thermometer
A thermometer that tells the temperature using a sequence of colored LEDs
“Arduino Playground is not for the faint of heart. Unless the faint of heart person plans to build a pacemaker with Arduino!” —ScienceBlogs
“This is a book designed for Arduino enthusiasts who’ve mastered the basics, conquered the soldering iron, and programmed a robot or two. Warren Andrews shows you how to keep your hardware hands busy.” —I Programmer
The book is available for $30 on No Starch Press and Amazon. You can view the detailed table of contents and the index, and also you can download Chapter 4: A Watch Winder, and the sketches, templates, and PCB files used in this book.