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November 30, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Michael Barela author of “Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket” in The Foreign Service Journal – November 2014

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Michael J. Barela author of “Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket” gets a nice write up in The Foreign Service Journal – November 2014 (PDF).

Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket: 15 Projects with the Low-Cost AVR ATtiny85 Board
Michael J. Barela, Maker Media, Inc., 2014,
$26.99/paperback, $9.99/Kindle, 273 pages.

The Trinket microcontroller offers designers custom programmability in a size and price range suited to modern projects. The number of projects using Trinket continues
to grow, and this book is an introduction to some of the possibilities.

The book steps through basic projects, working up to more challenging circuits and code. All of the code for the examples is supplied in the book and online. Familiar-
ity with electronics and project assembly is helpful but not required for later projects.

Diagrams illustrate point-to-point wiring of electrical circuits and use of a solderless breadboard makes the project easy to complete. An engineer, maker and innovator, Mike Barela is a member of
the Senior Foreign Service with the Department of State. A graduate of both Whitman College and the California Institute of Technology in electrical engineering, he worked at Hewlett-Packard, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Boeing before joining the Foreign service. Barella has travel the world providing security to American embassies, and is currently the division director of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Countermeasures Program.

Read more & also view the Whitman Collection where Mike gets a nice shout out 🙂


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