Electronics has changed over the past few years, and more and more people have an invention, but don’t necessarily want to learn degree-level electronics to make it a reality. Suppliers such as SparkFun, Seeed Studio, Pololu, and others support this by supplying modules and breakout boards that simplify the process of using complex devices. In addition, there are ICs for most of what you might want to do in electronics, and these will greatly simplify your project build. Also, there are whole systems, such as Arduino (see Chap. 13), .NET Gadgeteer, and Netduino, that provide plug-together modules for pretty much anything that you might want to build that has a microcontroller at its heart.
16.1 There’s an IC for ...