Building Interfaces between Computers, Electronic Circuits and the Real-World

Note to prospective NEW attendees: We are nearing the point where it will be hard for new attendees to easily "get up to speed" and be successful in the project build phase. Over the next two weeks we will lay out the plan for the resulting project, specifically the type of motor and motor drive electronics. After that is finalized, I am going to close the group to new members.

This open class will generally repeat every week as an educational outreach of Freeside Atlanta. Paying members of Freeside Atlanta may attend free. The class fee for non-members is $10 per session. Project materials may also have a cost.


Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. The intent of this class is to help the individual participants move forward in learning to apply electronics to real-world problems. We will be designing and building a “chain” or “stack” that will bridge the gap between a laptop computer and a 110 volt 100 watt light bulb or fractional horse power electrical motor. The limitless variations and possibilities make this an extremely flexible project. Come and learn the science and the engineering that makes this such an open-ended project.


If you have an “interface” that is not working or not working the way you expected it to work,bring your device and the documentation so we can advise you correctly. If you don’t yet have parts, kits or devices, bring your product and price research, if any.


If all you have is an idea, bring your idea and be ready to talk about it. Expect to review basic electronics and design from the ground up. Our goal will be to help you get started or move forward from where you are.


Your electronics leaders for this series will be Chris Moore and Wayne Salhany. This class will be conducted by Wayne. For information about Wayne, see his LinkedIn profile.

Additional info:
Email [masked] for more details or if you have a question. There is a gate code to get into the complex, which you can get by emailing [masked] with the subject: gatecode

Membership is not required to attend these meetings or to take our classes. However, all guests will be required to sign liability waivers, which is standard practice for makerspaces.

Freeside membership does get you 24hr access to the space with your RFID card, access to our Member message board, invitations to member meetings, a vote on how the space is used, and more!

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  • Bryan

    I wish I had been able to attend. I was not feeling very well at all. I will try for the next one.

    May 24, 2013

  • Wayne S.

    On 5-23 everyone will be building a basic differential amplifier on their own breadboard after a short theory presentation. Materials will cost $1.

    May 20, 2013

    • Kanaan

      No problem. I can bring a laptop. Do your recommend I bring anything else? I don't have a project in mind yet. I've mostly been coding in scratch, python and greenfoot. I just took a 3-session class on e-hacking and would like to learn more. I'll be at the into meeting tomorrow night too.

      May 20, 2013

  • Wayne S.

    I look forward to seeing you and learning more about your project.

    May 20, 2013

  • Kanaan

    I know very little electronics right now. I just want to watch and learn this time.

    May 20, 2013

  • Bryan

    Strange synergy. Just setting down to build a mock up of a chicken coop that moves like a Roomba.
    I can explain why this useful l8r. ty!

    May 19, 2013

    • Bryan

      I got a raspberry pi and an arduino. Now I just need to learn how to build the mechanical parts, and allow the controller to run it. Would like to power it via solar and battery. Ultimate rig will be a 12' to 20' square coop with a hen house riding on top. It would free range across the field. No denuded coop space, no collecting and redistributing the "fertilizer", and a constant supply of fresh bugs for the Chix to enjoy. Moo.

      May 19, 2013

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