Where to start learning technology development

Published by Prakhar Pandey on

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I believe in technology and I love learning technology development and all the recent advancements. You already know that technology is all around us and it is not going to stop evolving.

My advice is that whoever you are and whatever you do you must start learning it.

Get align with the technology because it will make your future bright and put you in the lead, in your career and life as well.

Start with gathering the latest news

I always try to get my hands on the latest articles, related posts and journals to gather news and information about what is coming next and how can I improve my work and life with that.

I even check out the e-commerce website just to get knowhow what is in the consumer market.

From Space research to healthcare and all, I try to learn everything.

Sometimes just by following the leading brands can give you a good amount of regular information about latest tech.

How to start learning

Now the big question you will ask me:

“This all sounds Cool! I am following all the trends and news and gathering all the information and using a couple of them but how can I start being involved in them or how can I start learning and building something?”

Here is the short answer: Start making something.

STEP 1: What should I make

You might be thinking: “What should I make?”

Look around what trouble you the most?

  • Is that the night bulb which you wish to control from your smartphone.
  • Is that the plant you forget to water, and want to make a self-watering arrangement.
  • You want to make something fun like your custom watch.
  • Maybe something more sophisticated like your custom smart home.

STEP 2: Understand what elements of technology

There are 5 different elements of development:

  1. Mechanical Components: It involves its body, connectors, joints, nuts bolts, bearings, transmission
  2. Electrical and Electronics: it involves your motors, actuators, sensors, boards, processors, controllers, wires, connectors, switches etc.
  3. User Interface: this consist of the method you want to use to interact with your system, it can be an app on your smartphone, or a small screen on your system, or your computer.
  4. Power: you need to understand what power source you need, what should be its capacity and rating etc.
  5. Synchronisation: this gives an idea of how you can all your components to work as a solution.

This looks a little bit too much at first but you need not to do everything at once.

You can pick one path may be just collect everything at first and just synchronise them like a DIY kit project. I feel that it is the best way to start without eliminating the fun part.

STEP 3: Entry point

Now it is time to identify the entry point. I have made 4 different entry points for you.

Entry point 1: Start with a DIY kit.

It is the easiest way to start with if you do not have any prior knowledge. Just order a DIY kit project like a small robot and build it.

In the second phase you can choose any particular area and start learning, it can be electronics, app making or mechanical components.

Alternatively, you can learn all of them side by side.

Entry Point 2: If you already prefer coding or have an interest in making the user interface.

If you like building a user interface or want to develop firmware/programs for electronics and you love coding than you can start with programming languages like JavaScript or C language.

C is good for starting to make programs for Arduino Boards (electronics).

You can learn JavaScript if you want to make an interface. Many apps are now built using this.

Entry Point 3: You prefer the path of electronics.

If you like to go with electronics part first start with Arduino. It is open source and a lot of people are learning and making good projects using this. You can choose from a different kind of Arduino Boards (Start with Uno).

You need to learn C programming in order to back up for the Arduino project.

Entry Point 4: You want to build a product and you have an interest in mechanical.

If you like mechanical than start with designing your own product with CAD tools like Autodesk Fusion360 and make them either with raw materials like wood, cardboards, channels and rods or prototype with 3D Printing.

Conclusion

Any path you choose you should try everything first. My recommendation is to start with learning kits and then start tweaking its components.

If you find interest in electronics starts playing with different sensors. Change the functionality.

If you want to change the interface or build your own.

If you want to add some more features just design and build them with cardboard or wood. Or just 3D print them.

The only way to learn is JUST JUMP INTO IT AND START DOING.

Today you have the power of the Internet and there are lots of learning resources, so don’t wait.

So, what problem you want to solve first?

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Prakhar Pandey

Entrepreneur. Designer. Technology Enthusiast. Consultant.

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