Electronics as a hobby is something that has been around for decades, indeed some of the earlier advances in electronics where due to hobbyist and their experiments. Things like radio, television, computers and even robots have all been developed and perfected by hobbyists long before they became commercial devices.
You might think that in this modern age it’s pretty well impossible to build or develop something new in electronics – after all you really need to be a multi-billion dollar corporation with a research team and a high-tech manufacturing factory in order to do this right? Well actually that isn’t true at all! In fact today’s new generation of microcontrollers, inexpensive electronic parts and circuit boards assembled in China and Taiwan have ushered in a new era of electronics experimentation. Consequently you can now build things that we could only dream of just 10 years ago, even if you’re just a beginner.