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Salvaging components- Finding Treasure in Old Electronics !

If you're an electronics hobbyist, you probably like to open up old electronics appliances  before discarding them. Apart from seeing how the manufacturer designed the circuit, its worth salvaging a few useful components for future projects that may require those components!

Why should you salvage components?- Needless to say you're saving money by doing so. Certain components like Film and Tantalum capacitors (rather specific values of them) are hard to find in local electronics stores. Your best bet is to find them in CFL light bulbs.

Charlieplexing: Controlling 6 LEDs with 3 Pins

If you've heard of Arduino, you've heard of LED cubes. Apart from the appealing looks of the LED cubes, a very simple technique has been put to use in order to control a huge number of LEDs using limited pins on the Arduino.

Charlieplexing is the simple technique we are talking of in this article that helps you control a considerable number of LEDs using negligible number of pins.  It was first proposed in early 1995 by Charlie Allen at Maxim Integrated Products for driving a multiplexed display.

6 'Not So Common' Ways of Making Circuits

Pursuing hobby electronics not only requires  prototyping skills but also requires you to be resourceful and adaptive most of the time.
While PCBs and breadboards are convenient for quick prototyping, there are many other ways to prototype circuits which are used by people round the globe. This article covers a few of those not so well known ways of prototyping.

1.The Real Breadboard-

The plastic breadboard has travelled a long way before becoming the most convenient way of prototyping. If you're a hardcore maker, and you have all the time in the world, it might be worth trying out a real breadboard. 
Definitely, it would be a torture to Hammer on an IC on such a board, but if you're using simple components, it might be worth the try. Watch Collin Cunningham's video on it here- The Real Breadboard

2. StripBoards-
StripBoards are among the evergreen favourites of makers.A Stripboard is   characterised by a regular grid of holes, with wide parallel strips of copper cladding runnin…

5 Effective Online Tools that will Spice up your Arduino Projects!

Arduino has made electronics projects easier than ever. The question now is- Can we make the process of building projects faster and more enjoyable? Let's have a look at some of the interesting softwares/online tools developed for the Maker Community to make tinkering more effective and documenting projects easier!

1. TinkerCad

TinkerCAD's recently created circuit simulator allows you to arrange your Arduino/Attiny circuits in an easy 'drag and drop' environment and test them virtually without having to make them. This can be really helpful, for testing projects that use components which you are yet to buy. And after all, who doesn't like tinkering?

Try out Tinkercad-Circuits here!

But that's not what Tinkercad is famous for. It offers an amazingly easy to use 3D design tool for Makers, once again in a simple 'Drag and Drop' interface! You can directly download the CAD file, once you're done designing. If you've ever thought of making your own uniqu…