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
How to use a relay to reverse a motor
Excellent discussion of electric motors
Excellent discussion of magnetism in motors
Huge list of sensors
Robot store sells very large range of sensors
Parent website of above handbook is full of useful information
Virtual exhibit of amazing mechanical art. In particular don’t miss the
How to build a barking dog automata, with good attention to tuning
Technical Information for Mobile Electronics Installers
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.
Learn Arduino with Lady Ada. Really wonderful tutorials.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
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
Regular meetings and mailing list.
Hacker space that welcomes drop-ins. Lots of informal classes in a wide
range of subjects. Regular meetings, active mailing list, very helpful
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
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.
Entertaining selection, decent prices
Kit of wood parts for projects in Automata book
Lady Ada is very prolific, her projects are always extremely well documented, and many are very simple and particularly suited to beginners.