stryker wrote:You don't need to go back to uni. I probably started messing with hobby electronics 4 years ago and wouldn't have dreamed making something like this was even possible.
I was wondering if you have some electrical degree or not.
I am glad you dont have one
It gives me hope that I can also make my own boards one day.
My first project that went to permanent use has a real live Arduino Uno and a shield trapped in it, and still does. That works great but I learned is the expensive way to go. After that I used protoboards with ATmega or ATtiny processors to create standalone Arduino-based circuits after prototyping them on Arduinos. I have a stack of Arduinos of all kinds - the collection certainly has grown over time, and that's handy for prototyping or for Haloween/xmas/props and other temporary things.
Oh!!! your home must be a heaven.
When creating PCBs I used EagleCAD for the first few designs but switched to KiCad at the start of last year. They're not the only free options but my motivation for KiCad was it is truly an open source project, and I try to support those over closed where possible.
For learning, Google is your friend, as there are plenty of really solid communities like this one, the forums at Arduino.cc, AllAboutCircuits, EEVblog, , kicad.info, Adafruit and Sparkfun and youtube channels by Dave Jones, Big Clive etc which are extremely instructional. There are also sites that have more in depth instructions like hackaday, Nick Gammon's gammon.com.au, and TronixStuff. There are heaps of projects documented on youtube, and github that can help you understand pieces of what you're looking to achieve too. Your local hackerspace will be useful if you have one - I've been out to Brisbane's Port Hack a couple of times, I'm not a member as I find I don't have time to get there often enough but just watching other like minded people tinker and see what's possible is a great inspiration.
All the best, Geoff
Thanks a lot Geoff. I will start reading from Youtube and google. I have installed KiCad just need to understand it and start using it.
I am sooo bad a circuit diagrams