Make magazine has just put up its $20 and under holiday gift guide, chock full of starter electronics kits like a barebones Arduino and tools for your favorite tinkerer. Or if you're the only one who solders in your circle, pick up a few kits now and give away the finished product.
I've built a number of kits from Make and they're a great way to learn and hone your DIY electronics skills, with super-clear instructions. After the jump, I add my five additions to their list, with an eye toward encouraging the young hijinks-prone Makers-in-training on your list.
If you were anything like I was as a kid, you'll remember fondly the time spent soldering electronics kits. In recent years, I've been busy building things like pink camouflage tanks, and have mostly missed the recent electronic-kit resurgence. That is, until I had the need to broadcast live video images from the cockpit of a recent project to TV screens piled around the arena, and rediscovered an awesome kit source.
Learn how to solder SMD stuff and play a game when you're finished.
By Dave ProchnowPosted 02.07.2008 at 4:37 pm 1 Comment
For those of you who are new to the exciting world of electronics (or, if youre a solder vet looking for some creative fun), SparkFun Electronics has just completed an impressive introductory lesson on how to master surface mount device (SMD) soldering.