These recent breakthroughs in electrical component technology are likely to have a significant impact on the electronics industry – and on people’s everyday lives. If your product has any advanced features such as video, WiFi, cellular or GPS (to name just a few), then at this stage, your prototype will likely be a combination of custom-designed electronics and electronic modules. Open Source Electronics is devoted to support development, hacking and playing with electronics: we share exciting open projects and create amazing products! I wish I’d had luck, but I honestly don’t even know where the nearest AM broadcast is coming from… living in Atlanta, I’ve just assumed I’d pick up something! Lecturer John Saxton explained that Electronics these days is not like it used to be, and now ventures into futuristic areas: We’ve just been using software to program microcomputers—mini-computers on a chip. The surprise announcement that SoftBank was to buy ARM sent ripples through the electronics industry as companies tried to determine the long-term consequences of the deal.
And now I’ve received word that author Charles Platt is planning on releasing an update titled Make: More Electronics in early 2014. Eric Yu of Royole models the company’s foldable Smart Mobile Theater system during CES Unveile in Las Vegas, Nevada January 4, 2016. Open Source Electronics is not just a container of ideas: it is also a web site lead by a team of engineers and geeks who will take part in the discussions and give support.
By comparing the basic elements from these two sciences – the electron in electronics vs the photon, soliton and plasmon in photonics; electrical cables vs optical fibers and plasmonic wave guides; electrical circuits vs optical circuits; electrical transistors vs optical transistors and plasmonsters; electrical generators vs pulsed lasers and spasers – we remark that photonics has built up, step by step, all the tools already available in electronics.
With this blog, my goal wasn’t to rewrite the book – I just wanted to fill in the gaps (BIG gaps) in my own understanding of electronics and maybe help a few others who might come after me to gather components, catch errors, and basically see someone else doing it first.
I played with electronics kits from a very early age, and as a teenager spent countless hours soldering and desoldering stuff (mostly the latter even, there was a great little store that sold random circuit boards for cheap that I had a lot of fun taking apart and trying to figure out what the different components were).