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If you want more than the basics listed on the [Intro parts]] page, here are some suggestions. You don't have to buy these, but if you get more serious about physical computing after the intro class,  some of these may be useful. 
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If you want more than the basics listed on the [[Intro parts]] page, here are some suggestions. You don't have to buy these, but if you get more serious about physical computing after the intro class,  some of these may be useful. 
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'''A Starter Toolkit for Physical Computing'''\\
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'''Additional Tools for Physical Computing'''\\
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'''Tools''':\\
*miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver, Jameco 127271
*Diagonal Wire Cutter, Jameco 161411
*Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG, Jameco 159290
*Flat needlenose pliers, Jameco 35473
*Drillbits. These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each.
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Below is a list of commonly used parts, many of which are in the [[Parts/ComputerStoreKits | computer store intro kits]]. If you get the kit, you'll alread have these, but if you're looking in the future, here are some alternative sources.


'''Arduino Microcontroller module'''\\
You can buy this at [[http
://www.sparkfun.com|Sparkfun.com]] or the NYU Computer store.  Ask for it at the counter.

'''Prototyping board''':\\
This is what you assemble your circuits on. There are two boards that are popular in the class, one from Jameco and one from Radio Shack. Personally, I prefer the Jameco version, because I like having two rows of bus holes. The NYU computer store sells the Jameco boards as well. I recommend these boards over the Radio Shack boards, but either will do.
*Radio Shack 6" board, part no. 276-174 (1 bus row per side)
*Jameco 6" board, part no. 20722 (2 bus rows per side)

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'''USB cable''': available at the NYU Computer store. You'll need one of these for both programming and later, for communication.
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Here's a list of tools that are useful for physical computing work. Some of these are things you'll use so often, they're worth having even if you're just taking an introductory class. Others are not recommended unless you're setting up a home shop, or planning to continue with physical computing on your own. These are our recommended parts, which we usually buy through Jameco. Feel free to replace with your own as you see fit. These item numbers are provides as a reference, so you can look them up on Jameco and get a useful range for each tool.
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If you want more than the basics listed on the [Intro parts]] page, here
are some suggestions. You don't have to buy these, but if you get more serious about physical computing after the intro class,  some of these may be useful. 

. Some of these are things you'll use so often, they're worth having all the time
. Others are not recommended unless you're setting up a home shop, or planning to continue with physical computing on your own. These are our recommended parts, which we usually buy through Jameco. Feel free to replace with your own as you see fit. These item numbers are provides as a reference, so you can look them up on Jameco and get a useful range for each tool.
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Below is a list of commonly used parts, many of which are in the kits mentioned above. If you get the kit, you'll alread have these, but if you're looking in the future, here are some alternative sources.

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Below is a list of commonly used parts, many of which are in the [[Parts/ComputerStoreKits | computer store intro kits]]. If you get the kit, you'll alread have these, but if you're looking in the future, here are some alternative sources.

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|| Toolbox || K-Mart, etc. ||   ||   ||You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine ||

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Below is a list of commonly used parts, many of which are in the kits mentioned above. If you get the kit, you'll alread have these, but if you're looking in the future, here are some alternative sources.


'''Arduino Microcontroller module'''\\
You can buy this at [[http://www.sparkfun.com|Sparkfun.com]] or the NYU Computer store.  Ask for it at the counter.

'''Prototyping board''':\\
This is what you assemble your circuits on. There are two boards that are popular in the class, one from Jameco and one from Radio Shack. Personally, I prefer the Jameco version, because I like having two rows of bus holes. The NYU computer store sells the Jameco boards as well. I recommend these boards over the Radio Shack boards, but either will do.
*Radio Shack 6" board, part no. 276-174 (1 bus row per side)
*Jameco 6" board, part no. 20722 (2 bus rows per side)

'''Project Box''' (to fit prototyping board)\\
This is a box to protect your project. It fits your prototyping board, and you knock holes in it for your cables to come out of. There are many options, best to pick one that your breadboard fits inside of comfortably, with room for electronic components to stick out. Tupperware with holes in it works quite well (called a "milmoe box" at ITP, in honor or Andrew Milmoe, who perfected the technique following a horrible sandwich disaster).
*Radio Shack RSU11907656
*Multiple Jameco options such as Jameco 18905
* Staples pencil boxes

'''DC power supply''' (5-9V DC and 700-1500mA)\\
*Radio Shack 273-1758 (6V 800mA)
*Radio Shack 273-1667 (3-12V, 800mA)
*Multiple Jameco options such as:
**Jameco 170245 (12V, 1000mA) Available at the NYU computer store.

'''5V DC Voltage Regulator (7805 regulator)'''\\
You can get this at Radio Shack, or Jameco (51262). There are also some available for use in the lab.

'''Power supply connector'''\\
This is a connector to connect your power supply to your breadboard. You should get the one that mates with whatever power supply you buy. You won't need it for the Arduino alone.
*Radio Shack Cat. no. 910-0908 mates with 2.1mm x 5.5mm female connectors
*Jameco 159610 mates with 2.1mm x 5.5mm female connectors. Available at the NYU Computer store

'''Servomotor'''\\
The Hobbico cs-61 servomotor is available at the NYU computer store.

'''Cable Ties''' available in the lab

'''1K Ohm Resistors, 1/4 watt''' available in the lab\\
'''10K Ohm Resistors, 1/4 watt''' available in the lab\\
'''220 Ohm Resistors, 1/4 watt''' available in the lab\\
'''22K Ohm resistors, 1/4 watt''' available in the lab\\
'''LED's''' available in the lab\\
'''Switch''' find a store-bought one, or better yet, make your own\\
'''Variable resistor''' find a store-bought one. The NYU computer store carries Flex sensors, which are good fun, and other sensors as well.

'''USB cable''': available at the NYU Computer store. You'll need one of these for both programming and later, for communication.

'''Tools''':\\
*miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver, Jameco 127271
*Diagonal Wire Cutter, Jameco 161411
*Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG, Jameco 159290
*Flat needlenose pliers, Jameco 35473
*Drillbits. These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each.
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||21AWG lead-free solder || Digikey ||KE1351-ND ||$15.90 ||Get the lead-free solder, even though it's more expensive; it's better for your lungs. This size roll can last an individual years. ||
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|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 || $5.95 || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
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|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine for most applications. ||
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|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 || $69.95 ||This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine for most applications. ||
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|| Wire ||   ||   ||   || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
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|| Wire ||   ||   ||   ||22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
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|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine for most applications. ||
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|| Item || Vendor || Part No. ||   || Cost || Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 ||   || $3.95 ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 ||   || $3.29 ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 ||   || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 ||   || $5.95 || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
|| Wire ||   ||   ||   ||   || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| Toolbox || K-Mart, etc. ||  
||   ||   || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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||! Item ||! Vendor ||! Part No. ||!   ||! Cost ||! Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 || $3.95 ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 || $3.29 ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid
|| Jameco || 26690 || $5.95 || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
|| Wire ||   ||  
||   || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768
|| $9.95 ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 || $9.95 ||   ||
|| Toolbox || K-Mart, etc. ||   ||   || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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||! Item ||! Vendor ||! Part No. ||! Cost ||! Notes ||
||miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver || Jameco || 127271 || $1.49 ||This one is handy, with tips on both ends. ||
||5" Diagonal Wire Cutter || Jameco || 161411 || $6.95 ||   ||
||Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95 ||   ||
||Flat needlenose pliers || Jameco || 35473 || $4.95 ||   ||
||Drillbits, 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" || -- || -- || -- ||These sizes are the ones you
'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each. ||

'''Optional tools, useful for more dedicated users'''
||border=1 width=90%
|| Item || Vendor || Part No. ||   || Cost || Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 ||   || $3.95 ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 ||   || $3.29 ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 ||   || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 ||   || $5.95 || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
|| Wire ||   ||   ||   ||   || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| Toolbox || K-Mart, etc. ||   ||   ||   || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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|| Item || Vendor || Part No. ||   || Cost || Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 ||   || $3.95 ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 ||   || $3.29 ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 ||   || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 ||   || $5.95 || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
|| Wire ||   ||   ||   || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| Toolbox || K-Mart, etc. ||   ||   || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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'''Useful for more dedicated users'''
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||! Item ||! Vendor ||! Part No. ||! Cost ||! Notes ||
||miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver || Jameco || 127271 || $1.49 ||This one is handy, with tips on both ends. ||
||5" Diagonal Wire Cutter || Jameco || 161411 || $6.95 ||   ||
||Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95 ||   ||
||Flat needlenose pliers || Jameco || 35473 || $4.95 ||   ||
||Drillbits, 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" || -- || -- || -- ||These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each. ||

'''Optional tools, useful for more dedicated users'''
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|| Toolbox ||   ||   || K-Mart, etc. || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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|| Toolbox || K-Mart, etc. ||   ||   || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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|| Cost ||
|| || Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 ||   ||
|| $3.95 ||
|| ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 ||   ||
|| $3.29 ||
|| ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 ||   ||
|| $69.95 ||
|| || This is a
top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 ||   ||
|| $5.95 ||
|| || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
||   ||
|| Wire ||
|| || ||
|| || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768 ||   ||
|| $9.95 ||
|| ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 ||   ||
|| $9.95 ||
|| ||   ||
||   ||
|| Toolbox ||
|| || K-Mart, etc. || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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|| Item || Vendor || Part No. ||   || Cost || Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 ||   || $3.95 ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 ||   || $3.29 ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 ||   || $69.95 || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 ||   || $5.95 || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
|| Wire ||   ||   ||   || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 ||   || $9.95 ||   ||
|| Toolbox ||   ||   || K-Mart, etc. || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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'''Useful tools for Intro users'''
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||Drillbits, 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" || -- || -- || -- ||These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each. ||

'''Optional tools, useful for more dedicated users'''
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|| Item || Vendor || Part No. ||   ||
|| Cost ||
|| || Notes ||
|| IC Extractor || Jameco || 16766 ||   ||
|| $3.95 ||
|| ||   ||
|| Alligator Leads || Jameco || 10444 ||   ||
|| $3.29 ||
|| ||   ||
|| Digital Multimeter || Jameco || 136590 ||   ||
|| $69.95 ||
|| || This is a top-of-the-line meter, but much cheaper digital multimeters will do fine doe most applications. ||
|| Third Hand Soldering Aid || Jameco || 26690 ||   ||
|| $5.95 ||
|| || You need something like this when soldering, because you have three things to hold. ||
||   ||
|| Wire ||
|| || ||
|| || 22AWG solid core hookup wire is best for breadboards. I keep a roll of black, red, and one or two other colors on hand. ||
|| xacto kit || Jameco || 72768 ||   ||
|| $9.95 ||
|| ||   ||
|| glue gun || Jameco || 72696 ||   ||
|| $9.95 ||
|| ||   ||
||   ||
|| Toolbox ||
|| || K-Mart, etc. || You don’t need a big heavy metal toolbox. Fishing tackle boxes because the tiny compartments work great for resistors and things but a Tupperware container or shoe box would work fine
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||miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver || Jameco || 127271 || $1.49 || This one is handy, with tips on both ends.
||5" Diagonal Wire Cutter || Jameco || 161411 || $6.95 ||  
||Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95 ||  
||Flat needlenose pliers || Jameco || 35473 || $4.95 ||  
||Drillbits, 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" || -- || -- || -- || These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each.
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||miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver || Jameco || 127271 || $1.49 ||This one is handy, with tips on both ends. ||
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5" Diagonal Wire Cutter || Jameco || 161411 || $6.95 ||   ||
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Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95 ||   ||
||
Flat needlenose pliers || Jameco || 35473 || $4.95 ||   ||
||
Drillbits, 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" || -- || -- || -- ||These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each. ||
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||Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95
||Flat needlenose pliers || Jameco || 35473 || $4.95
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||5" Diagonal Wire Cutter || Jameco || 161411 || $6.95 ||  
||Wire
stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95 ||  
||Flat
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'''A Starter Toolkit for Physical Computing'''\\
Here's a list of tools that are useful for physical computing work. Some of these are things you'll use so often, they're worth having even if you're just taking an introductory class. Others are not recommended unless you're setting up a home shop, or planning to continue with physical computing on your own. These are our recommended parts, which we usually buy through Jameco. Feel free to replace with your own as you see fit. These item numbers are provides as a reference, so you can look them up on Jameco and get a useful range for each tool.

||!Item || Vendor || Part No. || || Cost || Notes
||miniature Philips/flathead screwdriver || Jameco || 127271 || $1.49 || This one is handy, with tips on both ends.
||5" Diagonal Wire Cutter || Jameco || 161411 || $6.95
||Wire stripper, 22-30 AWG || Jameco || 159290 || $8.95
||Flat needlenose pliers || Jameco || 35473 || $4.95
||Drillbits, 7/64", 1/8", 5/16", 1/4" || -- || -- || -- || These sizes are the ones you'll need most often for wood, plastic, and thin metal. Most hardware stores will carry them for less than a dollar each.
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