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Learn to Make Cool Things With Microcontrollers

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Even if you’ve never even sewn a button, you can learn to make cool things with microcontrollers. Microcontrollers can do so many things: turn off TVs in public places, trip out to your brain waves, move objects, play games — you can make microcontrollers do it all. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s where it’s at!

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Mitch Altman

Cornfield Electronics

Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he is also a co-founder of 3ware (a Silicon Valley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research, and created the Brain Machine, one of MAKE Magazine’s most popular DIY projects. He contributes to MAKE Magazine, and for the last several years has been leading workshops around the world, teaching people to make cool things with microcontrollers and teaching everyone to solder. He is also co-founder of Noisebridge, a San Francisco hacker space, and President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics.

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Chris Dunphy
03/14/2009 5:15pm PDT

The session started out a bit too basic “what is binary” – but I came back for the tail end and really enjoyed checking out the projects on display.

It has inspired me to want to take on more hardware projects of my own, and I did some shopping in the Maker Shed as a result!

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