Maker Movement: New Technologies Lead to Hobby Electronics

Electronics Hobby Leaps into the 21st Century with Renewed Passion

Have you ever wondered why electronics hobbyists are so passionate about their hobby? Or what sparked the Maker Movement?

The Maker Movement is all about creating something on your own instead of buying it. Our Great American Electronics Hobbyist Census gave us some insight into what makes these "makers" tick. We repeatedly heard that the thrill of "making an idea work," being able to take an idea and make it a reality, can make you "feel like a wizard." The hobby always starts with imagining, will most likely need problem solving and hopefully will end with the success of "throwing a switch and watching an idea come to life." Many hobbyists even create an electronics project that "can't be bought in store."

For many it was the challenge of the hobby that was most important. The problem solving aspect and the ever changing landscape "keep the brain nimble," and amplify "feelings of accomplishment," having traveled through the "forest of frustration."

Many pointed out that it's a relatively inexpensive hobby and that it builds marketable skills and yet many more said the best part about electronics as a hobby is "making blinking lights."

Many still have a warm place in their heart for the old school hobby electronics technology like vacuum tubes, ham radio and model trains, but the hobby has evolved and has embraced open source microcontrollers. The introduction of Arduino and similar microcontrollers have added a new way to enjoy the hobby they love. This new technology has substantially increased the breadth of what's possible for the average electronics hobbyist. There have always been endless possibilities for what electronics hobbyists could build and still give them all qualities they love, but new technologies have given a new dimension to electronics as a hobby. Custom, open-source designs are fueling a new type of hobby electronics – the Maker Movement.

For more details about the Great American Electronics Hobbyist Census click here.

Additional Resources:

If you have a love for the electronics hobby then we have some great resources for you. Jameco has an extensive selection of electronic projects, tips, Electronic Fundamentals and Circuit Notes that can assist you. If you have an idea for something great that doesn't exist yet, submit your project to Club Jameco and earn money on every sale.

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