Story and History of Development of Arduino

It was in the year 2005 that the first ever Arduino board was born in the classrooms of the Interactive Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy. Well, if you are not very familiar with the term, an Arduino is an Open Source microcontroller based development board  that has opened the doors of electronics to a number of designers and creative engineers. It was in the Interactive Design Institute that a hardware thesis was contributed for a wiring design by a Colombian student named Hernando Barragan. The title of the thesis was “Arduino–La rivoluzione dell’open hardware” (“Arduino – The Revolution of Open…

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What is Arduino – Introduction to Arduino for Beginners

In this article, we explain the basics surrounding arduino. As the title indicates, this article is for absolute beginners in the world of electronics and for people who are beginning with arduino boards. Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform based on a micro controller. Arduino boards are usually made using Atmel’s Atmega series micro controllers or ARM micro controllers. Arduino is an open source hardware project which means the designs of board (the hardware architecture, CAD files) are available to public with open source license. Anyone can modify the hardware designs and the associated software. What you can do with…

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4 Good Arduino Project Books – Review of 4 Books on Arduino Projects

Arduino has now become a strong platform for creating and developing various open-source hobbyist electronic projects. Its relative ease of use, versatility, and the unbeatable price have all made Arduino into the prototyping board of choice for many home-brew electronic enthusiasts worldwide. In this article, we review 4 of the best arduino project books available till date. We have already listed 4 books to learn the basics of Arduino. If you are looking out for a practical and a little more advanced approach to Arduino we suggest you to read any or all of the books we have reviewed below….

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Resistor Color Code Chart – Understanding Resistance Color Coding

“Color coding” is used in electronics to identify between different components. In the case of resistors, color coding is used to identify a specific resistance value, for example a 100 ohms resistor or a 1 kilo ohms resistor with 5% tolerance. Electronic components like resistors are very small in size and its difficult to print its value directly on to the component surface. Hence a standard was formed in 1920 by then Radio Manufacturers Association (now part of EIA – Electronic Industries Alliance) to identify values and ratings of electronic components by printing color codes on them.  Color coding technique…

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3 Books to Learn Arduino – Review of the Best Arduino Books

In this article, we provide you review of 3 popular books that can provide you good knowledge in Arduino platform. These books give all the basics needed in electronics as well as programming. Simple as well as complicated projects are also provided with detailed explanation and codes so that the reader can get some application level skills as well. These books are ideal for the novice as well as expert in electronics, who would like to begin playing with Arduino. #1 Beginning Arduino – Michael McRoberts Beginning Arduino by Michael McRoberts This is considered one of the best arduino books…

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Online Tool to Calculate Resistor Color Code – The Story Behind Scenes

We have been working on an online application to calculate resistor color codes for the past 2 weeks. If you were subscribed to our Facebook Feed, you might already have tried the tool. We got really good feedback about the tool from people who have tried it. If you have not tried the tool yet, here is the link to access the tool – Resistor Color Code Calculator. Why one more tool ? We know there are many tools out there to calculate resistor color codes. You might be wondering – why one more ? We have given our tool…

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3 Good Books to Learn Power Electronics

Power electronics is the most classified field in electronics where the switching process in power supplies, power converters, inverters, and motor drivers are carried out. A wide application of different electronic components like Diodes, Transistors, MOSFET’s, Thyristors, SCR, GTO, and many more are used. CircuitsToday has provided a lot of valuable contents to get a better idea on the basics of power electronics. But, for engineering students, and other who take this subject for higher studies, it is always better to have a book to guide you through the basics. So, we have compiled a list of 3 books that…

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4 Books to Study Digital Electronics

From laptops to mobiles and cars to kitchen appliances, human efforts have been significantly reduced by the introduction of digital devices. As a student, it is essential for all of us to know the basics of digital electronics. CircuitsToday has provided a list of 4 very good books in this subject. It is being used by universities all around the world for basic reference as well as advanced studies. All these books have been reviewed in detail, and the links to buy these books have also been provided. Buy them now! #1  Digital Electronics : An Introduction To Theory And…

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Line follower robot using 8051 microcontroller

Line follower robot using 8051. Line follower robots were one of the earliest automatic guided robots. They are able to follow a line marked on a contrasting background, usually a black line on a white surface or a white line on a black surface.  Usually the line follower robot works on a closed loop feedback algorithm where the feedback from the line sensor is used by the controller for correcting the path of the robot. The sensors are usually LED/LDR, LED/Photodiode or LED/Phototransistor pairs and the controller is an electronic circuit which executes the desired feedback algorithm. Gear motors are…

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Invention History of Television

Popularly called the “idiot box,” the television has become a vital part of our lives. Can you remember the days when there wasn’t a television set at your home? But, when and how was the television invented? Who was the brain behind this magnificent invention? Well, the history of invention of the television can be contributed to many great minds. In fact, it was not just a single idea that came to the fore, but a combination of inventions by pioneers. At the dawn of television history, there were two distinct paths of technology experimented with by researchers. Early inventors…

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