Haywired: Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined

Overview

Unless you live in a haunted house, the eyes on your paintings probably don’t follow you around. However, with a couple of motion sensors, two motors, a few transistors, resistors, diodes, and wires you can convert a Van Gogh print into a macabre masterpiece with a mind of its own. Haywired proves that science can inspire odd contraptions. Create a Mona Lisa that smiles even wider when you approach it. Learn how to build and record a talking alarm, or craft your own talking greeting card. Construct a no-battery ...

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Overview

Unless you live in a haunted house, the eyes on your paintings probably don’t follow you around. However, with a couple of motion sensors, two motors, a few transistors, resistors, diodes, and wires you can convert a Van Gogh print into a macabre masterpiece with a mind of its own. Haywired proves that science can inspire odd contraptions. Create a Mona Lisa that smiles even wider when you approach it. Learn how to build and record a talking alarm, or craft your own talking greeting card. Construct a no-battery electric car toy that uses a super capacitor, or a flashlight that can be charged in minutes, then shine for 24 hours. Written for budding electronics hobbyists, author Mike Rigsby offers helpful hints on soldering, wire wrapping, and multimeter use. Each project is described in step-by-step detail with photographs and circuit diagrams. Includes Web sites listing suppliers and part numbers.

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"The comprehensive book comes with a list of tools and parts, as well as step-by-step photo instructions on how to build everything. So, basically, there's little chance to mess it up."  —Nylon For Guys online

"Features . . . so-nerdy-they're-cool devices."  —Nylon Guys Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527791
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Rigsby is a professional electrical engineer and the author of Amazing Rubber Band Cars. He has contributed to Byte, Circuit Cellar, Modern ElectronicsRobotics Age, and other magazines.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

A Few Thoughts on Safety xiii

1 Moving Eyeball Picture 1

2 Electrical Basics 43

3 Multimeter 45

4 Talking Room Alarm 51

5 Wire Wrapping 59

6 Talking Greeting Card 63

7 Soldering 81

8 Smiling Picture Frame 83

9 Flashlight Without Batteries 105

10 Transistor Switch 119

11 No-Battery Electric Car 123

12 Motors 141

13 First-Answer Box 143

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