Resources

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Electronic Components

Need parts? Use one of these recommended suppliers to get all the electronic components for your project!

Kits

  • Adafruit is a New York City-based company that sells kits and parts for original, open-source hardware electronics projects, specifically designed for beginners.
  • Aniomagic sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible, designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person.
  • Bare Conductive A manufacturer of conductive paint, they offer a variety of kits, hardware, and fun activities to make circuits never before possible.
  • Evil Mad Scientist Family-owned business with curated selection of components and original kits in support of art, education, and accessibility.
  • MakerShed offers little bit of everything for makers, crafters, and budding scientists.
  • Sparkfun Great selection of parts, tools, and kits.

Programming

Many of these resources have robust communities, tutorials, and forums for troubleshooting.

  • Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
  • Max/MSP gives you the parts to create unique sounds, stunning visuals, and engaging interactive media.
  • OpenFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding.
  • PPOOLL is software written in MaxMSP designed for live-improvising and interactive installations.
  • Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions.
  • Pure Data (PD) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing.
  • Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Labs as a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share your creations on the web.
  • SuperCollider is one of the most powerful and versatile sound synthesis freeware available for electronic music composers.

Tutorials