I needed a new hobby, so I decided to buy an Arduino and learn about electronics and microcontrollers. I have experience with software and programing robots, but am a newbie at the electronics. This is my experience.
Bought a seven segment display from a surplus store. Wired it up to a 74hc595 shift register. Right now it’s just a chasing pattern across the segments. I learned how to search for data sheets on random components on this build.
I have a slightly more advanced display for my next build.
Testing out my Arduino Danger Shield with an example program.
Constructed my Arduino Danger Shield. It all works. Looks like my soldering skills are good enough!
Well, the desk I bought for my electronics hobby turns out to be way too small. It turns out compared to making software, making physical things takes a bit more space.
So I have upgraded from my IKEA Fredrik desk to a much larger Galant Desk System. I am definitely a fan of Galant desks, we use several of them at work. I also wanted to make sure this would work while standing. From experimenting at work, the desks at full height plus two 8-inch tall concrete blocks plus a 2-inch riser puts it at the right height. So I head out to home depot for concrete blocks.
Several hours and a lot of sweat and tears later, I have a new desk, and I am super happy with it. However with the larger desk I hade to disassemble the hammock I had set up in the guest room. I don’t have anywhere else to put it, but maybe I’ll figure out a new home for it soon.
It may not be an electronics project, but this desk was most definitely Made by Jim.
Soldered some jumpers to my new 10KΩ potentiometer. Not perfect, but a solid solder. Now to put it to use!
Practicing my soldering on a spare board with wire. Haven’t touched an iron since high school. Need some more practice before I put together my Danger Shield
As an online educator, and someone learning Arduino, I found this fascinating. While childish in theme, the information is presented extremely well, and the explanations are super clear. This show is doing it right.