If you want to make something that can move independently, make sounds or light up, then you need to start tinkering with electronics.
A Gentle Introduction
No soldering or breadboarding required, and hardly any wires. Explore these brands for a gentle introduction to electronics prototyping, with parts that snap together like LEGO, and copper tape and conductive ink instead of wires.
Getting Interactive with Micro-controllers
Microcontrollers are the brains behind interactive projects.
If you want to start from the basics, then we recommend browsing through these book recommendations:
- Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest Mims is a complete electronics course in 128 pages! The book starts from the basics, taking you on a tour of analog and digital components, explaining how they work, and showing you how they combine for various applications. It also includes circuit assembly tips and 100 electronic circuits and projects you can build and test. Also check out his series of Engineer's Mini-Notebooks.
- A friendlier introduction to Electronics comes from Charles Platt's Make: Electronics - Second Edition (Learning by Discovery). The book provides step-by-step instructions on building working devices that demonstrate fundamentals such as voltage, amperage, resistance, inductance, and capacitance with more than 500 full colour photographs. It also covers the more advanced concepts of analog/digital conversion, logic gates, and integrated circuits, with crystal clear explanations of what you're doing and why. Find it at NLB libraries in Singapore.