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.

Latest from Charles Platt


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 »

Your basic continuous rotation servomotor.

Learn the secret language of pulse modulation to master the continuous rotation servo Read more »


Normally lurking unseen inside stereo systems, the digital potentiometer needs no adjustment, because it adjusts itself. Its fluctuating resistance can change the color or brightness of a light, the loudness or frequency of a sound, or any other parameters that depend on voltage and current. Read more »

Figure D: Although neon lamps with ornamental electrodes aren’t being made anymore, the old ones last for decades.

Vintage components that add character to your creations. Read more »