If you happen to have switched on the news and felt sad lately, you’re not alone. Cheer yourself up with a glimpse into the future of open hardware. People are creating clever, amazing technologies to help humanity, from more efficient generators to cheaper, more intelligent robotic arms. And it’s all thanks to open hardware.
Just as clever is the ancient art of Japanese joinery. We strip away the mystery and find out why it looks so different to Western joinery, how the industrial revolution gave us worse tools, and how people everywhere end up making pretty much the same things.
Do you know what a transistor is? Of course you do! But do you know what a transistor is made of, what it does, and how exactly it does what it does, down to the behaviour of the electrons? Read the latest part of our electronics guide and the answer to all those questions will be a big fat ‘yes’.
Plus we show you the fastest, funnest way to carve wood, nearly electrocute ourselves with a dodgy power supply and make a circuit out of play-dough. Plus we finally learn the difference between a Philips screwdriver and a Pozidriv. All this and more, in HackSpace magazine issue 13!
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