I have been busy with electronics all my life as hobbyist and professional. I started at 7 years old with disassembling radios and other PCBs to collect components. From these I would build all kinds of stuff mechanical, electrical, electronics, mainly learning from magazines (schematics) and books (theory).
Today I work as an Instrument Engineer working on optical astronomical instruments for the ELT. Here I am working on cryogenic electronics, embedded software and embedded hardware, and all kinds of specials. Lot's of fun!
Currently on my hobby project list are:
- Upgrade of YODA which is a 20 years old autonomous smart robot using holonomic motion to move arround.
The idea is to add E-field sensors to measure and map static electric potential gradients all around the robot.
- Working on a ICE40 FPGA to learn stuff. The idea is to measure high speed transient events, like an coincidence counter for cosmic rays/particles with a graphical display to show.
- Continue working on my 4 channel signal generator with touch display, using a Raspberry Pi3 with mono, C++ and C#, and also a Rubidium atomic clock to drive the AD9959 DDS. Should go up to 500 MHz. I guess...I should create a github project for this, hardware and code.
Today at home, my hobby lab looks like you can see in the photos. As you can see my workbench has all the essentials but lacks the needed innovation for today's work on electronics, which is another way of saying it's old and missing features.
So to improve my workbench with the latest state-of-art in equipment, I am hoping to become one of the winners of the "Smart Bench Essentials Challenge."
These Smart Bench Essentials would be a very useful bench upgrade for my current and new projects! I would be able to make more precise and better measurements! Also I would have better control over the equipment, remotely using all these functions and options from my PC.
Thanks a lot!