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PI Scrolling Display
BUILD THE PI SCROLLING DISPLAY
 
This versatile display lets you have your pi and see it, too! With 15 available digits, you can also use it to create your own desktop National Debt clock. (In honor of the upcoming elections.)


Virtual Instruments
VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS IMPROVE ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTATION

If you are a serious experimenter, but don't have a big enough budget for a scope, then see how to get a bench full of test equipment for only a few hundred dollars utilizing virtual instruments.

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Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop #54
C Programming * Hardware * Projects


In this episode, we'll transfer components from the mini breadboard to the prototyping area on the proto shield, to provide a robust prototype to write some software that is useful, but also provides a good basis for more advanced data logging projects. 
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The _Opto_ In Optoelectronics _ Prisms
THE 'OPTO' IN OPTOELECTRONICS - Part 2
 
This second part of our mini-series on optoelectronics continues the 'light-beam manipulators' theme by describing the nature and behavior of optical prisms and lenses.

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Electronics Workshop Companion For Hobbyists
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
 
Electronics Workshop Companion for Hobbyists

Get your home workshop set up to invent, design, build, test, and repair electronic circuits and gadgets.

This book has all the tips you'll need to construct your workbench and stock it with the tools, components, and test equipment you'll need to get going. 
 
Learn techniques, calculations, and formulas for working with different components and ICs. Clear illustrations and interesting do-it-yourself experiments are included throughout.
  • Setting up Shop
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Inductors
  • Transformers
  • Diodes
  • Transistors
  • Integrated Circuits and Digital Basics
  • More Components and Techniques
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