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Here's your next installment of cool reads to keep you entertained for the weekend. 

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Modular Designs
 
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.

Wireless Trailer Taillights
Wireless Trailer Taillights

Tired of broken wiring harnesses and bad connections on your trailer lights? Build a set of wireless taillights that you can use on anything you can tow.


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Sphero
Sphero SPRK Edition
For tomorrow's inventors and innovators.
 
There's no rule that says learning shouldn't be fun, or that playing can't be valuable. If there is, we created SPRK Edition to break it. Teach your robot by using visual blocks that represent our C-based language, OVAL. SPRK is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for seasoned programmers.
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555 Timer IC
Using The "555" Timer IC In 'Special' Or Unusual Circuits
 
The '555' timer is a popular bipolar IC that is specifically designed to generate accurate and stable C-R - defined timing periods, for use in various monostable 'one-shot' pulse generator and astable square wave generator applications. The 555 is, however, very versatile, and can be used in a variety of 'special' or unusual applications. 
Smiley's Workshop 26
AVR Memory - Part 4


We've already learned how to store constants in Flash to avoid unnecessarily cluttering SRAM and how to read data from Flash, so now, we're ready to write to Flash using C functions from avrlibc.

Pocket Geiger Unit
Pocket Geiger Counter

Small Geiger-Müller (G-M) tubes make ideal sensors for pocket-sized devices to detect radioactivity. However, even a small G-M tube needs an anode voltage in the 400 to 600 volt region. Here's how to generate that voltage from a 9V battery.

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Practical Electronics For Inventors 
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
 
Practical Electronics For Inventors - 3rd Edition
 
All the electronics know-how you need to become a successful inventor.
 
One of our favorite books for sure. This one is so easy to understand, and covers so much, it's like one of those good books to curl up by the fire with. At over a thousand pages, there just isn't much that you won't find here. While this book may have been written with "inventors" in mind, it's perfect to fill in the knowledge gaps for any hobbyist at any level.

Check It Out!
  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers
  • Diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits
  • Optoelectronics, solar cells, and phototransistors
  • Sensors, GPS modules, and touch screens
  • Op-amps, regulators, and power supplies
  • Digital electronics, LCD displays, and logic gates
  • Microcontrollers and prototyping platforms, including Arduino
  • DC motors, RC servos, and stepper motors
  • Microphones, audio amps, and speakers
  • Modular electronics and prototyping
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