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Mechanical Electronic Circuit Boards is messing with my mind.

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Looking here at this video:

What is being described as a electronic circuit and what I see how it's working totally messes with my mind in a horrible way.  I cannot make heads or tails of any of it.  This is not how I visualize electrons moving in a circuit.

Is it just me or is the visual hardware devices in this video totally the incorrect way to see how these simple circuits operate?  It's like everything is backwards or the opposite of how things supposed to be.

Am I crazy?  Watching this makes me feel stupid about electronics, yet, I've been doing analog electronics for over 20 years now.

Once upon a time I hated electronics because I couldn't visualise how it worked. Nothing moved, so it was all make believe. Some time later it kind of clicked, but I am still more mechanically minded than pretending invisible things are whizzing around a wire. So these kits are dead simple, to me, to relate to, and I can see how the battery and resistor are made obvious via the mechanical analogs.

I guess it depends on how you think and how you got into this stuff. For some, no doubt the hydraulic version is more meaningful, or the pneumatic one.

This has been discussed here a while ago:

The feeling that Spintronics provided a bad analogy, not helpful in developing an intuition for real electronics, has been voiced in that thread too. I certainly share that feeling! If I want a mechanical analogy for conductors, current and voltage, I will take water pipes, flow and pressure any time.


--- Quote from: PlainName on June 05, 2023, 08:58:31 pm ---Once upon a time I hated electronics because I couldn't visualise how it worked.

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It's interesting, this reminds me of the thread about oscillators on some level.

As I mentioned there, depending on which scale you consider, everything is an oscillator, but the less you're able to "see" it with your own perception, and the less it's apparently oscillating.

   I'll likely spend the $140 to obtain both kits, here near Fremont, Ca.    (If I can find a TOY store outlet, that isn't obsessed with Halloween costume sales).

   That's a niche business, related to 'edication'. (SIC), But seriously I've made a lot of commitment to that business, and wouldn't mind creating a job for myself...somehow, some way...  That means expending the cash, if that what it takes, even if efforts flop.  Part of what attracts me is the wide open market, if others don't participate,...(they can do AI jobs, while I attempt to build something, in that off-beat marketplace.


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