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Parts needed for Intro Physical Computing
The NYU Computer Store carries kits to make your life easier. In it you will find enough parts to complete the basic instructions in each lab. They also carry a basic toolkit, with the minimum amount of tools you might need for the same (those tools can be handy around the house too). If you have none of your own parts or tools, purchase the basic parts kit and basic tool kit, at least.
Here's what's in the kit:
Basic Parts Kit
$90.00 as of 9/2/10
This kit includes many standard parts used in the ITP physical computing labs. It includes samples of the most common components like resistors and capacitors; just enough to get you started. It also includes a servomotor, DC motor, motor controller ICs, power connectors, and switches. There's also an Arduino microcontroller in it as well.
What's in the kit (image courtesy of Adafruit):
Note: We won't be using the experimenter's guide in the kit. The standard circuits you'll learn in this class are different than those in the ARDX experimenter's guide. While the guide is useful, there are some circuits in it that can be built easier. We've opted for the simple versions, which you'll see in the lab tutorials on this site.
Basic Tool Kit
The shop has tools you can use, but there are a few tools you should pick up for yourself. The NYU computer store carries many of these tools that do the job quite well. When you go to the bookstore to buy your kit, bring your student ID. The intro kits will be reserved for ITP students for the first few weeks of the semester.
If you don't want to buy a full drill bit index, you should at least pick up the following: 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4". You'll use these a lot, and to avoid other people dulling or breaking your bits, get your own. They're cheap, and it'll save you hours of aggravation.