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Learning electronics with the aid of the Internet

February 2, 2011

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You have to learn electronics by building circuits.  However, it can be very intimidating to get started and once you have some familiarity you may need further guidance, especially in the art of circuit design.  Last week I watched three excellent tutorial videos which show there are some who are putting excellent material on the Web to help others further their learning of electronics.  Here are the three.

First video covers some basic, but necessary understanding of multimeters and their use.  Essential knowledge for beginners.  This is by Colin Cunningham of and part of his ongoing electronics  video posts at Make magazine’s website.

The next one steps it up quite a lot in detail but it is Dave Jones of the EEVblog showing how a component can be selected  by a designer for a circuit, in this case for a DC-DC booster.  It a long video, but shows how to use online catalogues, conduct parametric searches as well as the essential examination of component datasheets.  Well worth watching carefully.

FInally, what looks like a new video podcast series from component supplier Element 14 and Jeri Ellsworth.  In this video Jeri designs a circuit for some music playing installation art, that is triggered by motion detected by a PIR.  This is a great tutorial video and I look forward to seeing more of these. The link to the video is here.

The latest good news seems to be that today it was announced that Jeri is joining Element14’s “Ask an Expert” panel.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2011 6:26 am

    Good morning Alan, these are great videos I have seen Jeri’s and Dave’s stuff before but Colin’s video is new…he seems like he could be a real character. I have found watching a video brings home learning in a much faster and easier way for me. I find myself always tripping over to Youtube and checking out what is available in video to help out my learning of something.

    • va3stl permalink*
      February 3, 2011 7:39 am

      Thanks for the comment Mike.

      Yes, Colin has a style to his presentations which I enjoy. He has quite a few videos with Make and some great tutorials including showing some basic components and their purpose. Great stuff for newcomers to electronics and it appears there are quite a few, including artists. Electronics seems to be going through a bit of a renaissance, with the help of Make and Hackaday.

      With great digital cameras with video capabilities, software for editing and website like Youtube and Vimeo it is giving people a real chance to produce great quality informative videos on subjects they are really enthusiastic about. I think it is the enthusiasm that comes through and makes it different to what is produced on TV.

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