Projects in Motion: Control Three Types of Motors with 555 Timers

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJfBJJ2Y1kA?wmode=opaque&w=620&h=349] With an estimated one billion 555 timers manufactured annually, you know this component must be versatile! We’re going to learn how to build and control drivers for three very different types of motors using a breadboard, resistors, diodes, transistors, and some 555 timers (along with a sprinkling of... Read more »

Game Show Buttons

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdY2uYVzm34?wmode=opaque&w=620&h=349] In this project, taken from Charles Platt’s book Make: Electronics, we’re going to breadboard a fairly complex circuit using 555 timers and an OR logic gate. Using these and some other, common components, we’ll build a game show button system. When one button is pressed, it automatically locks... Read more »

The Luna Mod Looper

The Luna Mod is an easy and fun instrument that will have you making great-sounding loops in no time. Rather than sampling input like a traditional loop station, the Luna Mod synthesizes its own sounds, and you play it using two knobs and one button. Read more »

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