Bookmarks and Links (Severely Edited for the Beginner)

Links to Kinetic and Electronic Sculptures, Gadgets, Miscellaneous Inventions, and Contraptions
Designed to inspire the beginner.
Links to source for parts and tools,
and places to learn more.

There are many pages like this on the internet. Why do we need another one? I will try to keep this one useful for beginners, and not allow it to get too big or too esoteric. Feedback on my success at this goal is appreciated.

Links to those other larger lists will be provided, so as you advance beyond beginner you will have where to go.

HOW TO GUIDES AND TUTORIALS
World’s best soldering tutorial

MOTORS
How to use a relay to reverse a motor

Excellent discussion of electric motors

Excellent discussion of magnetism in motors

SENSORS
Huge list of sensors

Robot store sells very large range of sensors

BATTERIES
A handbook on rechargeable batteries for non-engineers

Parent website of above handbook is full of useful information

AUTOMATA

Great book on making automata out of paper or cardboard
Kit of wood parts for projects in book

Virtual exhibit of amazing mechanical art. In particular don’t miss the
sketchbook

How to build a barking dog automata, with good attention to tuning

ELECTRONICS

http://electronics.wisc-online.com/DCE.asp

http://www.repairfaq.org/REPAIR/F_Repair.html

http://www.the12volt.com/

Technical Information for Mobile Electronics Installers

http://www.ecircuitcenter.com/Circuits/555_Timer1/555_timer1.htm

http://home.cogeco.ca/~rpaisley4/xComp555photo.html

LEDs

http://led.linear1.org/

Clever, simple, and green Joule Thief project boosts voltage from an almost dead 1.5V battery to light a blue or white LED. Great second project for children, after learning basic circuits and how to solder.

ARDUINO
Dailyduino
http://www.mike-mccracken.com/2008/04/22/audio-ping-pong/

http://www.wulfden.org./TheShoppe/freeduino/dorkboard.shtml

Learn Arduino with Lady Ada. Really wonderful tutorials.

ART AND TECHNOLOGY WEBSITES
http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/

http://www.kineticworld.com/

http://tigoe.net/pcomp/index.shtml

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Israel: digitalartlab.org.il

London: http://www.kinetica-museum.org/new_site/
Museum, event space, and mailing list showcasing kinetic, technological and
electronic art. Also hosts many events in the field

CLUBS< MEETINGS,  AND MAILING LISTS TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS AND TO LEARN FROM LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
Dorkbot and Dorkbot San Francisco
An international organization with many local chapters. Hosts regular
presentations of people “doing strange things with electricity”. Very active
and helpful mailing list and community.

San Francisco Microcontrollers Group
Regular meetings and active mailing list for sharing ideas and techniques relating to microcontroller projects in particular, but also for electronics projects in general. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful participants.

San Francisco Electronic Music Meetup
Regular meetings, demonstrations, and sharing of ideas and projects related to electronic music

Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group (BArCMuT)
From their mailings they seem to be very inclusive of all genres and experience levels

ClubArduino
Regular meetings and mailing list.

Noisebridge
Hacker space that welcomes drop-ins. Lots of informal classes in a wide
range of subjects. Regular meetings, active mailing list, very helpful
people

BOOKS
Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M. Mims III
There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings- Kenn Amdahl
Robot Building for Beginners David Cook
Robot Builder’s Bonanza by Gordon McComb

SUPPLIES

Learn electronics with the Basic Electronic Experiments Kit Model PK-101B from Elenco which comes with a 72 page manual which teaches basic electronics and shows 50 project, all of which can be built with the provided 75 components and solderless breadboard

American Science and Surplus
Great source of surplus electronic and scientific devices. Extremely entertaining catalog.

Electronic Goldmine
Entertaining selection, decent prices

AUTOMATA
Kit of wood parts for projects in Automata book

BLOGS
Lady Ada is very prolific, her projects are always extremely well documented, and many are very simple and particularly suited to beginners.

One Response to “Bookmarks and Links (Severely Edited for the Beginner)”

  1. Why this Blog? « Teach Me To Make Says:

    [...] Parts and Materials – a list of items we use, along with comments. Resources for Kinetics and Electronic – a set of links, books, clubs, and other resources. Not sure where to start? Visit some of [...]

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