Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius

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The do-it-yourself hobbyist market, particularly in the area of electronics, is hotter than ever. This books gives the “evil genius” loads of projects to delve into, from an ultrasonic microphone, to a body heat detector, and all the way to a Star Wars Light Saber. This book makes creating these devices fun, inexpensive, and easy.

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The do-it-yourself hobbyist market, particularly in the area of electronics, is hotter than ever. This books gives the “evil genius” loads of projects to delve into, from an ultrasonic microphone, to a body heat detector, and all the way to a Star Wars Light Saber. This book makes creating these devices fun, inexpensive, and easy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071426091
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Series: Evil Genius Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Iannini runs Information Unlimited, a firm dedicated to the experimenter and technology enthusiast. Founded in 1974, the company holds many patents, ranging from weapons advances to children's toys. Mr. Iannini's 1983 Build Your Own Laser, Phaser, Ion Ray Gun & Other Working Space-Age Projects, now out of print, remains a popular source for electronics hobbyists.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Special Notes xiii
Introduction xv
Part 11
Chapter 1 Antigravity Project 1
Theory of Operation 1
Construction Steps 3
Board Assembly Steps 4
Testing Steps 9
Notes 15
Tethering Setup 15
Lifter Troubleshooting Guide 17
Problem 1 The Lifter Is Not Moving, and I Don't Hear a Hissing Noise 17
Problem 2 The Lifter Is Not Moving, and the High-Voltage Supply Seems Completely Dead 17
Problem 3 The Lifter Is Not Moving, and I Do Hear a Hissing Noise 17
Problem 4 The Lifter Is Moving a Little but Is Not Taking Off 18
Problem 5 The Lifter Is Moving but Has a Lot of Electrical Arcing 18
Problem 6 The Lifter Is Lifting Off, but When Arcing Occurs It Suddenly Drops or Loses Height 18
Problem 7 The Lifter Is Lifting off and "Bouncing" the Tether, but Thrust Is Not Stable 18
Problem 8 Arcing Is Occurring Between the Ground Wire and the HV Wire 19
Problem 9 The Lifter Lifts Off and Immediately Shorts the HV and Ground Wires 19
Problem 10 The Lifter Lifts Off and Immediately Pulls to One Side 19
Problem 11 The Corona Wire Flutters During Liftoff and Causes Thrust Problems 19
Problem 12 The Foil Skirt Flutters During Liftoff and Causes Thrust Problems 20
Problem 13 The Lifter Hisses but Just Will Not Lift Off 20
Author's Note: General Troubleshooting Guidelines 20
Chapter 2 Low-Power Electrokinetic Gun 23
Basic Theory 23
First and Preferred Method 23
Second Method 24
Circuit Description 24
Board Assembly Steps 24
Fabrication 25
Electrical Pretest 27
Obtaining More Velocity (Under No Condition Point or Shoot Toward a Person) 28
Chapter 3 High-Energy Pulser 31
System Description 32
Circuit Theory of Operation 32
Special Note 33
Construction Steps 33
Final Assembly 36
Electrical Pretest 37
Main Test 38
Helpful Mathematical Relationships with This Equipment 38
Chapter 4 Mass Accelerator 41
Theory of Operation 41
Setup and Operation of the Mass Accelerator 41
Chapter 5 Plasma Thermal Gun 47
Theory of Operation 47
Assembly Steps of the Thermal Gun 47
Special Notes 50
Chapter 6 Wire-Exploding Project 55
Theory of Operation 55
Setup and Operation 55
Special Notes 57
Chapter 7 Magnetic Can Crushing 61
Setup and Operation 61
Special Notes 63
Part 265
Chapter 8 Handheld Burning CO[subscript 2] Gas Laser 65
Basic Description 66
Theory of Operation 66
Circuit Operation 66
Assembly Steps 69
Laser Head Construction 73
Testing Your Laser 74
Special Notes 80
Optional Focusing Lens 80
Battery Operation 80
Cleaning Output Optics 80
Purging the Cooling System 81
Operating Time 81
Increasing Power Output 81
General-Purpose Test Fixture for Line-Powered Circuits 81
Chapter 9 Handheld Burning Diode Laser Ray Gun 85
Applications 85
Basic Theory 86
Circuit Theory 86
Assembly Steps 86
Circuit Pretest 88
Safety 92
General Handling 92
Static Electrical Damages (ESD) 92
Excessive Forward Voltage 92
Excessive Forward Current 92
Reverse Currents 93
High Temperature 93
Chapter 10 Long-Range Optical Laser Project 97
Chapter 11 Handheld, Ultrabright Green Laser 99
Applications 99
Circuit Description 100
Assembly Steps 100
Electrical Pretest 102
Collimation and Final Assembly 102
Chapter 12 Laser Property-Protection Fence 105
Special Note 106
Circuit Description 106
Construction Steps for the Receiver and Controller 106
Construction Steps for the Laser Beam Generator 109
Chapter 13 Laser Window Bounce Listening Device 113
Special Note 113
Basic Theory 114
Project Description 114
Project Construction 115
Laser Transmitter 115
Circuit 117
Construction of the Electronics Assembly Board 118
Assembly Is Ready for Pretest 118
Special Note 121
Final Enclosure and Optics 121
Fabrication 121
Final Assembly 121
Test-Tone Module Construction 122
Laser Receiver 124
Circuit Theory 124
Construction Steps 125
Unit Is Ready for Pretest 126
Final Assembly 126
Laser Receiver Is Ready for Final Testing 127
System Application, Safety, and Legality 128
Setup Using Direct Reflection 128
Assembly of a Field-Worthy, Integrated System 131
Parts and Fabrication Description 132
Part 3137
Chapter 14 Twelve-Inch-Spark Tesla Coil 137
Use Caution Around Sensitive Electronic Equipment 137
Tesla Coil 137
Brief Theory 138
Introduction to Your Easy-to-Build Tesla Coil 138
Circuit Theory 139
Construction Steps 140
Special Notes 145
Application and Operation 145
Experiments Using Your Coil 150
Chapter 15 Two-Inch-Spark Tesla Coil with Timer 157
Circuit Theory 158
Construction Steps 158
Electrical Pretest 158
Final Assembly 159
Chapter 16 Tesla Plasma and Ion Projects 163
Experiments and Applications Using Plasma 163
Circuit Theory 163
Construction 163
Pretest 166
Mechanical Assembly 166
Test and Function Selection 167
Experiments and Applications Using Plasma 167
Experiments and Applications Using Ions 169
Chapter 17 Solid-State Tesla Coil 175
Circuit Theory 175
Assembly 176
Test Steps 180
Chapter 18 Thirty-Inch-Spark Tesla Lightning Generator 185
Basic Points to Consider Before Building This Project 185
Brief Theory of Operation 186
Circuit Description 187
Description of Major Components 188
LS1 Secondary Coil 188
Output Terminal 188
LP1 Primary Coil 188
Coupling 188
SPKGAP Spark Gap Switch 188
C3 Primary Capacitor 189
CHK1--RF Choke 189
Assembly Steps 189
Testing Steps 191
Special Notes 194
Part 4203
Chapter 19 Traveling-Plasma Jacob's Ladder 203
Origin 203
Basic Description 203
Circuit Descriptions 204
Assembly Steps 204
Testing the Circuit 205
Chapter 20 Amazing Plasma Tornado Generator 209
Theory of Operation 209
Project Description 210
Assembly Instructions 210
Application and Operation 213
Special Note 213
Chapter 21 Plasma Lightsaber 215
Circuit Theory 215
Construction 216
Construction Steps 217
Mechanical Assembly Steps 220
Test Points and Troubleshooting Suggestions 221
Special Notes 222
Batteries 222
Applications 222
Part 5225
Chapter 22 Ion Ray and Charge Gun 225
Circuit Operation 226
Construction Steps 227
Board Assembly Steps 227
Testing Steps 229
Mechanical Assembly 231
Operation and Applications 232
Experiments 234
Negative Ion Information 236
Special Notes 236
Chapter 23 See-in-the-Dark Project 239
General Description 239
Basic Theory 240
Circuit Description 241
Circuit Assembly 241
Circuit Board Testing 242
Fabrication and Mechanical Assembly 243
Special Notes 244
Chapter 24 Fish Stunning and Wormer Project 247
General Description 247
Circuit Description 248
Construction Steps 249
Subassembly Pretest 251
Final Assembly 251
Operation 252
Verification of Operation 254
Chapter 25 Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Generator 257
Basic Description 258
Project Objective 258
Hazards 258
Theory 258
Capacitor 259
Inductor 259
Spark Switch 259
Exploding Wire Disruption Switch (High-Power, High-Frequency Pulse) 262
RFC1 Radio Frequency Choke 262
R1 Resistor 262
Charger 262
Assembly 262
Application 265
Sources 266
Part 6267
Chapter 26 Ultrasonic Microphone 267
Applications 268
Circuit Description 268
Construction Steps 269
Electrical Pretest 271
Special Note: Utilizing a Standing Wave 272
Supplementary Application Note 273
Recording 274
Chapter 27 Phaser Pain Field Gun 277
Circuit Theory 278
Construction Steps 279
Subassembly Pretest 280
Final Assembly 282
Chapter 28 Pain Field Property-Protection Guard 285
Project Description 286
Driver Circuit Description 286
Detection Circuit Description 287
Construction 287
Final Assembly 289
Test Procedure 290
Testing Detector-Sensing Circuit 291
Special Notes 292
Application and Setup 292
A Word of Caution 293
General Information on Ultrasonics 293
Index 297
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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    This book is a Technical Work of Art

    It is almost pointless to say more because I was able to choose this book from among several others when at the Barnes&Noble for an hour or so making my choice. I saw a more technical flat line "this is the way it is" book but I was looking for an interesting book I could give to my grandson when I finish with it. It is refreshing to see an author with a wonderful grasp of what is needed to cause others to consider Electronics as a fun and educational adventure. Thank You Bob

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    I had the pleasure to buy this book and it contains everything i was looking for online with utter disappointment, until this book fell into my hands... now i can finally build those things i have been dreaming to.

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