Learning Microcontrollers and Robotics in the DroneBot Workshop

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Learning Microcontrollers and Robotics in the DroneBot Workshop

I’ve been on the lookout for a while now for great maker channels on YouTube that cover electronics, microcontrollers (MCUs), and robotics with the same accessibility, usefulness, and panache as DiResta, Wilkerson, Bob Clagett, and the many other more traditional shopcraft makers. I have just added the DroneBot Workshop to my must-see YouTube TV.

In the DroneBot Workshop, Bill Jamshedji covers basic electronics, MCUs, robotics, drones, and the Internet of Things. In his quiet, low-key, methodical style, Bill runs through some aspect of these digital technologies, from the beginner level to the more advanced. Here is a sampling of what you will find on his channel (and website):

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Learn about motor control for electronics projects using the ubiquitous H-Bridge configuration in general and the inexpensive L298N Dual H-Bridge Motor Controller in particular.

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In this video, Bill demos a low-cost method of sending wireless data between two Arduinos without using WiFi or Bluetooth. Inexpensive 433MHz modules will allow you to cut the cord on your next Arduino design.

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An excellent tutorial on using the very common HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor with an Arduino-controlled robot.

PS: And check out how shiny and organized Bill’s workshop is. Even after my shop has been cleaned, it’s never been this neat, tidy, and gorgeous.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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