Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My new book: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to the 555 Timer

Build the Atari Punk Console and Other Breadboard Electronics Projects. Plus, a complete parts kit!

Things have been a little quiet on the blog, but behind the scenes, I've been a writing/editing/formatting/coding/building/designing/marketing/coffee-drinking machine! Two years ago I had an idea to write an e-book about the 555 timer. That has now manifested itself into a full-blown print book, Kindle book, and a complete parts kit for the projects listed inside.

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to the 555 Timer: Build the Atari Punk Console and Other Breadboard Electronics Projects. Yes, it's a mouthful, but it gets the entire scope of the book across in the title.

The book is available on Amazon here: tiny.cc/555book

I also collaborated with Jameco to assemble a full parts kit with all of the components required to complete the projects listed in the book. The parts kit is available from Jameco here: tiny.cc/555kit

The official homepage for the book, which will include videos of each chapter and project in the book, plus much more, is here: http://www.bent-tronics.com/p/555book.html

Check out this video of me opening up the book and kit for the first time and a quick overview of each.


Here's the Amazon blurb:

Unlock weird noises, hypnotic lights, and master the 555 timer.
Buy the print version of this book first to get the Kindle version for just $0.99! (not available in all countries)
This fast paced, easy-to-follow book teaches you how the 555 timer works with step-by-step instructions and hands-on projects. Whether you are an electronics enthusiast or a beginner, this DIY guide shares simple tricks and hacks to put the 555 timer into action. FULL-COLOR illustrations show you how to transform circuit schematics into real-world working examples on a standard breadboard - no soldering required! High-resolution oscilloscope screen shots reveal detailed views of complex waveforms not able to be seen with the human eye. Advance your skills by completing the included projects so that you can create your own unique designs. A complete parts kit is available too!
You will learn how to:

  • Use a breadboard
  • Utilize the 555's pins
  • Trigger "one-shot" mode
  • Blink an LED
  • Generate noises with an oscillator
  • Create a frequency divider
  • Make a bistable flip-flop
  • Source and sink current
  • Build and understand the Atari Punk Console