Acknowledgments

I have been a lifelong tinkerer. My earliest recollection of dissecting my father’s broken tape recorder instilled an appreciation for the technology that drove it. From there, erector sets, model railroads, and programmable calculators led to personal computers, mobile devices, and microcontrollers. Over the years, this passion for learning not only how stuff works but also how technical concepts can be remixed with surprising, often highly satisfying results has been liberating. That’s why this book was such a joy for me to write.

Helping others to see what’s possible by observing their surroundings and having the desire to take an active role in making their lives easier with technology while having fun is this book’s primary ...

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