This week’s EYE ON NPI (video) is hittin’ the books – we’re featuring the Digi-Key Electronics Innovation Handbook this week – which was just released so it’s very New and Fresh. We just got ours in the mail!
The Digi-Key Innovation Handbook is your guide to keeping some of the most highly referenced content from Digi-Key at your fingertips while giving you plenty of room to keep your thoughts, projects, and ideas at hand. We highlight concepts, formulas, components and electronic staples so you can refer to them at any time. From reference tables and schematic symbols to resistors through Raspberry Pi’s the Innovation Handbook is the first place to look for all your project needs. It also includes over 120 grid-lined note pages for you to use any way you see fit. Of course, we couldn’t fit it all in the book so below you will find additional information to go more in-depth into each of the topics included in the printed edition.
This book is reminiscent of the Maker Notebook that Make Magazine released many years ago. It’s still a great notebook, and has a hard cover which we love – so you have reason to buy both! The Innovation Notebook has some overlapping information, but is much more up to date.
For example, it’s got modern board pinouts like Feather, Teensy and Raspberry Pi.
There’s even the new RP2040 Pico! The resistor diagram is in full color (which really helps since the number bands are rainbowy). There’s also a lot of reference parts – so if you just need “a servo” or “an SMD red LED” there are part numbers ready to go for you to reference. I’m a huge fan of that because there’s definitely the most popular of each part, and for many makers and beginners, they should just get that part rather than spending a lot of time in the Digi-Key search system.
In the front, there are 40 pages of references and diagrams, and then there are 120 gridded pages, so it’s definitely designed to be a scientific/design notebook, not just a technical reference.
Right now it’s V1.0 of the book, and there’s probably a lot more stuff that they could add or improve. Please feel free to send comments, thoughts and future recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org to help make sure the next edition is even better.
This notebook makes for an excellent gift for any student or maker, and at a great price. If you’ve got a cart going at Digi-Key, you can add one of these in – there’s hundreds of Innovation Notebooks in stock right now and at least books aren’t impacted by the component shortage! If you want to check out the PDFs or other engineering resources, visit https://www.digikey.com/en/resources/innovation-handbook for online tools, calculators, printouts and more.
See the book now at https://www.digikey.com/short/8n4mq9h3