I'm getting started from ground zero, well kind of. My professional background is 3 years as a PC Technician and 13 years as a Computer Programmer/Consultant. All my life, I've loved tinkering with electronics to try to figure out how they work, but never learned the electrical science behind any of it. I'm not known as a handy man with tools, but I want to change that. I haven't bought a single thing yet, but am very excited to get started. I want to get off to a good start, so that's why I'm posting here.
Hardware I'm interested in learning about:
1) Motion Detectors 2) Cameras 3) Servos 4) Wireless 5) Arduino
I'm looking for beginner books for my education needs. There is a major learning curve for me on the electronic side. I'm an accomplished programmer so no need for help there. Here's what I think I need, but feel free to chime in to help me fill in the blanks:
1) Theory of Electrical Science - Volts, Amps, AC/DC, Capacitors, Resistors, how to use a voltmeter, how to not electrocute myself, the math behind the science, and all that good stuff. 2) Intro to Circuit Boards - How they work and the basics. 3) Any other prerequites that a newbie should read before being allow to touch an Arduino.
Thanks in advance!