7 DIY Projects for Tech Geeks
7 DIY Projects for Tech Geeks

Build a PC

If you’re reading this article and consider yourself a technology enthusiast and haven’t build your own PC before, you’re being a geek wrong. The euphoric buzz of selecting the parts from the case, GPU, CPU and motherboard is an exciting process. Once you create your own PC, it becomes apart of you, your pride and joy. Water-cooled? AMD or Nvidia GPU? Intel CPU? Then comes the handy work, putting all the parts together then get it running. Will it be dual booting? Windows for your daily functions and Linux for your more devious escapades? Unlimited choice and creation; you can create your own Frankenstein of a computer.

Build Your Own Amazon Echo

Using a Raspberry Pi; a beginner instrument for all technology geeks, you can create your own Amazon Echo, even with the Alexa responding feature. For this you’ll need a USB sound card, a push button and a speaker. You’ll need to get an Amazon developer console account to download the tools. You’ll need to be well versed in Python to develop the Raspberry Echo, if not, there’s many tutorials on how to make the Raspberry Pi Echo work and scratch up on your Python coding skills.

Make Your Own Flying Drone

Building a fully functioning flying drone is hard and requires expensive hardware, but it can be a fun endeavour for the more ambition enthusiasts with the money to spare. You’ll need a little knowledge on electrical engineering and purchase several items such as a motor, propellers, flight control board, with radio transmission functionality for a remote and a battery. You’ll probably need a bit of land as well as the UK law has changed so that drones must be licensed to be used unless on private property.

Build a Laser

Making your own laser can be an adventurous feat, again, with the drone, you’ll need to know your way around circuits and soldering. Start by buying a laser kit then assemble the driver circuit. You also have the option to design a unique driver circuit if you have the skills to do so. Now, you’ll need to connect the driver circuit to a diode then connect a battery to the circuit. Now move the lens to focus the laser beam. Remember that lasers can be incredibly dangerous and damage the eyes. Make sure you know how powerful you’re wanting the laser to be and how much voltage you are using and remain in the safety limit.

Portable Solar Phone Charger

Why not make an environmentally friendly way to charge your phone on the go on a hot summer’s day? Again, this will give you the chance to improve your soldering skills. You’ll need basic tools as well as a 6-volt mini solar panel, a 12-volt USB charger circuit, a charger cable and a smart phone. The whole process takes only a few steps, with the main one being disassembling the charger circuit and soldering it on the solar panel.

Nintendo Cartridge SSD Hard Drive

This project is more of a novelty, although it can still be a fun project. It involves using an old NES cartridge to store an SSD hard drive. All you need to do is open the cartridge using a flat screwdriver, then remove all the circuitry and plastic inserts of the cartridge for room to be gained to fit the SSD and the USB adapter. After the installation is complete, all you must do is screw the cartridge shut and now you’ve got a nifty, retro SSD hard drive, that is portable as well.

Converting a Modern Bluetooth Speaker to Look Vintage

This project sounds daunting but it’s a lot easier than it seems, if you prefer a retro look to your portable sound speaker, this is the project for you. All you need is to take out a set of speakers from a small vintage radio and screw in a Bluetooth device and connect it to a new, vintage looking, yet modern speaker. You’ll also need a USB charger connected with the Bluetooth connector.

Hopefully these seven different types of projects perk up any of your interest for the geek inside of you. Get building!

The Best Jobs for Electronic Engineers
The Best Jobs for Electronic Engineers

Electronic engineering is a common qualification to have however, as this is also a very versatile career route it can be hard to decide where to go in terms of your employment. An obvious statement would be to go down the route of electrician but this can also be a very wide spectrum of  a career choice. My advice would be to take advantage of the many resources that

are available to you like careers advice officers or apprenticeship help desks that can be found in local job centres or your college or sixth form to offer helpful advice when you come to decide on your career path.

Failing this I have some examples of jobs that would be great for someone in electronic engineering.

Designer – working in electronic design allows potential employees to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes of their craft by looking at how and why certain electronic appliances are designed and created. They also have a strong influence in the real life world with opportunities to have a design input in everyday instances like traffic lights, street lights and some workers in the field could even go on to work for the national grid.

Manufacturer – Another career option could be within the manufacturing market, this extremely rewarding career path allows potential candidates to work in the production of all kinds of things such as electrical appliances that could be found in the everyday person’s life. This job may be suited to those that may want to avoid a more creative career path such as design work. This job would entail the mass creation of electrical appliances following a standard design and looking at factors such as quality control and meeting tight production deadlines maybe to meet an order for a high profile client.