Analog Friends: Never Solder Solo Again, Circuit Sidekick Has Got Your Back!
I was recently introduced to a new iPad app called Circuit Sidekick, and I think it could be very helpful to my readers who deal with analog circuits (i.e. resistors, capacitors, flux capacitors…) Developed by Collin Cunningham, the app require iOS 4.2 or later, and can be yours for a mere $2.99. Not quite Free (you KNOW I love me some Free) but still very affordable. NOTE: Today, this app is only available for iPad, BUT PK Audiovisual has confirmed sources that an iPhone/iPod version is being developed. Read on!
Here are some screenshots from Circuit Sidekick (iPad version), the first shows how it can compute equivalent resistance of parallel resistors. There is a similar screen for resistors wired in series.
The next screenshot shows how Circuit Sidekick cleverly computes Ohm’s Law on a wooden triangle. Classic.
Having EE flashbacks yet? This the screen I find to be the most helpful. By entering the color bands, the user can easily compute (or verify) the resistor‘s nominal value and tolerance.
The last screenshot illustrates the Capacitor Value calculator, which is very handy in converting micro-farads to nano-farads to pico- (de gallo? Mmm, did I mention that its Mexican food tonight, here in my home?) There is also a decimal to hexadecimal to binary number converter, and an LED calculator.
Okay so before I start making my dinner, here are the top three AV technicians whom I think will benefit most from this app:
1. Bench Techs, who solder a lot, and want another excuse to have their iPad out on their bench.
2. Touring Techs, (a.k.a. Roadies, System Techs, Guitar Techs) who may not have done this in years.
3. Service Techs, no more second guessing your math when troubleshooting a problematic piece of gear.
SPOILER ALERT – My sources have confirmed that a smaller iPhone/iPod Circuit Sidekick is being developed. Check out these preliminary screenshots:
In the future, I would love to see similar versions of this app for Droid, Chrome, etc. but it will need to prove itself in the Mac Arena first. Heyyyy Mac Arena!
What other Ipad, Iphone, or Droid apps do you use in your audio or video profession? -pk
- Toolbox Review: Circuit Sidekick (makezine.com)
- Circuit Sidekick Aids Hardware Hacking Neophytes (wired.com)
- Circuit Sidekick for iPad (electronics-lab.com)