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It's almost time, the Workbench Challenge ends on October 31st. So, if you've been meaning to enter, but just haven't gotten around to it, this be the time. Get the details below and enter! It's simple and fun and you could win!

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Are You An Innovator?
There is no one correct path to becoming an innovator. However, I've found experimenting with electronics, robotics, and microprocessors invaluable in developing the requisite skills, regardless of the areas in which innovation is eventually applied.

Sirius Metronome
The Sirius Metronome for the Serious Musician

One of the most important tools any musician needs is a metronome. The circuit described here sports a number of impressive features that even more expensive commercial units can't provide.

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Struggling through the C language of Arduino? Need easier and faster code development?


CGMicroBoard lets you control shields without being mired down in understanding C.
Final entry date October 31st!

Here are some of the most asked questions about the Workbench Challenge!

Is it hard?  No
Will there be prizes?  Yes
If I win, will I be famous?  Yes   (wait, define famous... then No)
What are my odds of winning?  Good  (Odds go down significantly if you don't enter)
What if I don't have a workbench?  That sucks for you, but you can still enter Part 1.
Does it cost money to enter?  No
What exactly is the Workbench Challenge? Glad you asked. Get The Details
Op-Amp Cookbook
Op-amp principles and basic circuit configurations.

A conventional op-amp (operational amplifier) can be simply described as a high-gain direct-coupled amplifier 'block' that has a single output terminal, but has both inverting and non-inverting input terminals, thus enabling the device to function as either an inverting, non-inverting, or differential amplifier.

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Logic Gates
Small Logic Gates - The building blocks of versatile digital circuits -  Part 1

All logic circuits are based on two elementary propositions: AND and OR. Throw in an inverter gate (NOT), and you can solve any logic equation. Use these basic building blocks to get you out of a parts jam, whether it be for a new project or as a replacement device.

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Smiley's Workshop 22 - Busy as a BeAVR
C Programming * Hardware * Projects
Let's take a look at the BeAVR (Breadboard enabled AVR), an open source design concept for AVR hardware and software.

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Help A Brother (or Sister) Out?
Why not stop by our Tech Forum and lend your expertise to help solve someone else's tech problem, or maybe lend your problem to help someone else exercise their expertise? Either way, it's a Win Win!

Super Capacitor Comparison
Controller Quandary
Is It Magic?
Geocache Container With Flashing Light
Transistor As An STDT Switch
Hacking Electronics 
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
Hacking Electronics - An illustrated guide for makers and hobbyists

If you're looking to build your library with educational books that teach by doing, then this one's a no-brainer! Not that having no brains is any kind of pre-qualification for owning the book, just that reading it is only half the experience, doing the stuff is where the real fun begins... Just sayin!

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  • Safely solder, join wires, and connect switches
  • Identify components and read schematic diagrams
  • Understand the how and why of electronics theory
  • Work with transistors, LEDs, and laser diode modules
  • Power your devices with A/C supplies, batteries, or solar panels
  • Get up and running on Arduino boards and pre-made modules
  • Use sensors to detect everything from noxious gas to acceleration
  • Build and modify audio amps, microphones, and transmitters
  • Fix gadgets and scavenge useful parts from dead equipment
Last Call
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