Charles Platt

Charles Platt

Charles Platt is the author of Make: Electronics, an introductory guide for all ages. He is completing a sequel, Make: More Electronics, and is the author of Volume One of the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components. Volumes Two and Three are in preparation.

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Red light won't confuse your circadian rhythm like bright whites do. Sleep easy with this dimmable red LED night light. Read more »


Build a multifunction sound synthesizer using a surprisingly fun audio chip. Read more »

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Build a clever timer circuit that draws no current at all between cycles — zero power! Read more »


Learn to shape sound waves with timer chips to create your own digital sampling system emulator. Read more »


Need to tame a tangled workspace? Drill big holes in your desk and cut your own custom grommets to make those wires all disappear. Read more »


No matter what kind of game you’re playing — whether itʼs Angry Birds, Grand Theft Auto, or an intense session of chess — you want the computer to behave unpredictably. If it always responds the same way in the same situation, that’s no fun at all. This is why almost... Read more »

Jumper Wires

When you’re wiring a circuit on a breadboard, neatness counts. If you use color-coded jumper wires that fit precisely, you can see your circuit clearly and track down errors easily. There are two types of pre-cut jumper wires: the long, flexible ones with little plugs at each end, and the solid... Read more »