First of all, what exactly is a servo? A servomechanism is technically any automatic device that can correct its own position based on negative feedback. Negative feedback is the process by which electrical signals are fed back in a manner that ultimately reduces further fluctuations. Servo motors can rotate or push components with amazing accuracy using this method.
Choosing the right tool for the job is arguably the most important step in the planning process of any project. While it may not seem like something you really need to plan for, having a good pair of wire strippers at the ready will save you a lot of hassle when the time comes that you actually need them.
If you’re a gamer or even just someone who spends a lot of time on a computer, chances are you have preferences for how your keyboard looks and feels. Everything from the space between keys to the material used can radically change the feel of a keyboard. What happens if you like two different things […]
Before we even get started, be warned: this project is time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and ultimately unnecessary… but boy is it cool! Firstly, it should be noted that this is NOT an emulator. This is a fully-functioning Nintendo Wii circuit board that was cut down and modified to fit into a mint tin. A modder by the […]
Resistors are a necessary part of any electrical system. They provide the ability to limit current and signal flow, among many other uses. There are numerous different types of resistors, all varying in size and power, but we're going to take a closer look at arguably the most common type- axial resistors.
Arduino vs. Raspberry Pi: a battle as old as... a few years. Though it isn't really much of a battle since both interfaces provide vastly different experiences. We're going to take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two and hopefully help you decide which one (or both) is the right fit for your project.
One of the most confusing parts of electronic work is choosing the right wires. If they're too thin, they may not be providing enough power. If they're too thick, they may be taking up precious real estate if you have a densely-packed project. Figuring out the right wires to use also involves a fair amount of math. Let's hope you were paying attention in algebra.
While we are still a long way from rogue artificial intelligence enslaving the human race (at least I hope we are), the necessity for batteries remains largely the same. Batteries power most things in our lives. Phones, watches, cars, tools- all of these things are powered in some part by batteries.
Headphone jack. 3.5 mm. Aux port. It has many names, but serves one very important purpose. It delivers audio from our devices to our ears. If you frequently use your headphones from your computer, as a gamer or editor for example, your audio jack may not always be in the best spot. Maybe it’s at […]
Soldering is probably a lot older than you'd think. It dates back to at least 3,000 B.C. where the Sumer people of Mesopotamia used soldering to assemble their swords. Historically, soldering was used mainly for jewelry, cookware, and stained glass. Today it is widely used in electrical work and electronics.