These recent breakthroughs in electrical component technology are likely to have a significant impact on the electronics industry – and on people’s everyday lives. 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.
How the eyes of our young students light up as soon as they light a LED, how new development tools (Arduino, Raspberry Pi) allow makers and beginners to be creative (projects about temperature controllers for egg incubator, remote-controlled greenhouse, and self-guided robots), and how adults are willing to learn and share their knowledge because they realise how useful electronics knowledge is. It was also very interesting to observe learning mechanisms around new technologies.
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).
The gadgets in our main Electronic Gadgets category include solar products like solar phone and laptop chargers; LED watches with cool light effects or amusing cryptic ways of displaying the time; laser gadgets such as handheld laser pointers and disco lights; and loads of other small and interesting electronic gizmos.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that if you are advertising health electronics or baby products you may need to make some clear disclaimers about the certification or non-medical status of the products, depending on the location where you are selling.