Team Elektor Lab:
Elektor magazine has shown a healthy mix of theory and practice for sixty years. It is our DNA. It all started more than 60 years ago with electronics enthusiast Bob van der Horst. He was bored with the details of dry data and theoretical articles full of formulas and diagrams. Instead, he wanted to publish a magazine with circuits that students could build and edit. Many districts and projects were developed and tested from those early days before they were published in Elektor magazine. And as a result, the Elektor Lab quickly became famous. The work of Elektor Lab continues today.
What is an Elektor Lab?
Elektor Lab is a place and a group. Each Elektor Lab member has a home electronics workbench, retractable engineering, editing, and tapping. Elektor also maintains a usable electronic workplace in its HQ full of useful laboratory materials, components, and engineering tools. Lab team members can enter the workplace at any time to review designs or participate in projects.
A real team includes engineers of different ages, backgrounds, and personalities. From the beginning, the Lab has included analog guys who like to play for months in major regions and program enthusiasts interested in offering new ideas. To put it simply, we have a diverse team.
Some magazines only report on new kits or products. Not Elektor! We do too much. We have been trying to uncover all project details, including source code, whether a new project from one of our developers or a home appraiser for a passionate student. Why has this been Elektor's approach? Our thinking is clear. We want our readers to build similar projects, and we invite them to edit, improve, and expand everything we publish. Whether you are a trained engineer or a weekend maker, we want you to understand how everything works. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that Elektor has been one of the longest-serving leaders in the open-source movement!
Many Elektor readers and community members will also notice no solid line between our Beleb engineers and the editorial team. All Beleb's engineers (Clemens Valens, Luc Lemmens, Mathias Claussen, and Ton Giesberts) wrote essays, and all the editors, including myself and Content Director C. J. They also have exciting ideas for donating and contributing to Web projects.
As we begin the new year, we encourage everyone to know the Elektor Lab team. On these pages, you will find a very brief introduction to the members of the Elektor Lab team and to other platforms and tools we use. We invite you to submit your ideas, feedback, projects, and articles!
Team Elektor Lab
Clemens Valens is the engineer in charge of Elektor Labs' online platform. He holds a BSc degree in Electronics and an MSc in Electronics and Information Technology. Clemens began working for Elektor in 2008 as Executive Editor of Elektor France and has also worked as editor of Elektor UK / US and ElektorMagazine.com. Later, Clemens became head of design labs at Elektor in the Netherlands, Germany, and India. Today, he is an Elektor technology specialist who oversees the Elektor Labs public website, where electronics enthusiasts can publish their work and collaborate with peers from all over the world. In addition to donating his projects and other articles to magazines, he also produces regular Elektor TV videos and webinars to oversee. His main interests are sound production and signal processing.
Mathias Claußen started as a qualified IT specialist and earned a BSc in Electrical and Information Engineering and an MSc in Microelectronic Systems. Following this, he worked as an engineer for an embedded development project and focused on building ARM Cortex-M-based and real-time applications. Mathias joined Elektor in 2018 as part of the Elektor Lab team focused on software. Today, it is more than just software behind the scenes. Mathias writes hardware and software development essays, creates Elektor TV videos, and more. Want to learn about his homework environment? You can read about it online at Elektor. You can see some of the tools and tools that Mathias uses in many of the daily activities there.
Luc Lemmens began working for Elektor in March 1990 after his studies at Technical University Eindhoven. He also published Elex, an electronic magazine intended primarily for novice electronics hobbyists. Luc designed and edited projects for both magazines. He has a lot of interests, which means he knows a lot about many electronics topics. He has written or edited software in many programming languages - especially in his early days at Elektor, in conference language. These days, you tend to limit yourself to Arduino IDE, which is ideal for many simple projects. Over the years, Luc has written and translated Elektor's technical writings and books. Luc enjoys playing with pinball machines in his spare time, especially repairing and replacing both modern electric and electromechanical machines (with relays and stepper units).
After his studies, Ton Giesberts began working for Elektuur (now Elektor) when they sought out someone close to him to listen. Over the years, he has worked hard on audio projects. The analog design has always been his favorite. Of course, projects in other fields of electricity are part of the work. One of Ton's slogans is: "If you want to get better, do it yourself." For example, the design of a PCB: in a sound project with distorted figures of 0.001%, good design is essential!
Recent Projects and Products Elektor Lab:
The Elektor Lab team has prepared several Elektor power projects. Sometimes the design is fully developed by Elektor Lab. Occasionally, members of our Lab team get acquainted with projects from outside designers. And sometimes ideas are put out for us to share with our partners. The result could be an article (or a series of articles) or a product sold at the Elektor Store. Below is a list of just a few of Elektor Lab's most successful projects from recent years.
- Clocks: Electric watches have always been popular with readers of Elektor magazine. And because they are high-end devices to give old displays a new system, such as the 6-character Nixie watch and the Pinball clock.
- Weather Station with ESP32: Buy an affordable, complete set of weather station sensors and add state-of-the-art electronics and software to build your weather station.
- Raspberry Pi Audio: Raspberry Pi boards are sound, but if you want high-quality audio, a high-quality outdoor Digital-Analog-Converter is required, just like this board designed by our Ton Giesberts audio wizard.
- DIY LiPo Supercharger Kit: Need a 5P and 12 V rechargeable LiPo power kit? Check out the Elektor lab kit built in partnership with GreatScott!
The new LCR Meter 50 Hz - 2 MHz: The LCR Meter 50 Hz - 2 MHz is a highly accurate device for testing and measuring passive components. It can compete - and even beat! - tools available for sale.
Mastering Microcontrollers Aided by Arduino: A book by Clemens Valens, Mastering Microcontrollers Aided by Arduino, you will become familiar with the Arduino world you will learn how to set up microcontrollers in general. Other proposed projects include:
- A car GPS scrambler.
- A weather station.
- An infrared remote manipulator.
- A PID controller.
Elektor Labs Platform:
The Elektor Labs online platform is designed for engineers, builders, and students who love electrical equipment. It is a place where you can share your projects, participate in those submitted to others, and discuss project development and electronics. Elektor Labs is open to the public; a free Elektor ID is the only requirement. In its tenth year, Elektor Labs has recruited more than 10,000 active users who have submitted more than 2,000 projects and countless comments.
An online forum is more than just a free site where you can show off your skills. Our team of electrical technicians can not only help you complete your project successfully, but we can also help you if you wish to turn it into a product for sale at the Elektor store. Our editorial team reviews every project submitted to Elektor Labs; Elektor Labs is also the site for submitting a topic proposal to Elektor magazine.
Elektor Jumpstarter takes Elektor to collect money. The forum aims to help developers like you turn your electrical projects into products. To apply, submit the project to Elektor Labs and click the Jumpstarter button. Elektor will then examine it. Once the project is approved, the community can begin to support it.
Project funding does not include any funding. Instead, when someone "supports" a project, it indicates their interest in having the opportunity to purchase the final product if the Jumpstarter campaign achieves its goal (i.e., a certain amount of production at a predetermined price). If the campaign is successful, Elektor will produce the product and put it in the Store for anyone to buy.
In short, at Elektor Labs, our motto for Design, Share, Sell is truly alive. Learn more about Elektor Jumpstarter.
The tools we use:
Want to know about the tools and solutions we use regularly? Here is a summary of some important ones. Let us know what you use in the comments section below this article.
Open Source Design Tool: KiCad - Elektor prefers open source solutions, so the Elektor Lab team members tend to use open-source tools. One example is KiCad, which we use (except Altium and Eagle) to design schematics and PCBs. KiCad is free to use, open-source, and works on all three major operating systems. This allows you to share your work with others so that they, too, can adapt or adjust your creation as needed.
Readers are used to obtaining raw PCB drawings (especially small ones) in magazines. As a service for many years, almost all of these PCBs were available in our Store for people who wanted to find and sell the parts themselves. We have sold only a few pieces of these many nude PCBs, and these numbers have dropped even in recent years. We have to deal with the fact that the electronic world is changing. It makes no sense to build a microcontroller or a small audio amplifier board (to say two examples) from scratch and produce it at small (and) high prices. Today, manufacturers and technicians alike are being used (and even expected) to find inexpensive modules with at least some of the most important components - such as SMD blocking capacitors or pull resistors - already integrated. Time is money, so most electronics developers are looking for prototyping solutions that come out of the box. They wait to open the box, connect everything, and start working. However, this does not mean that we no longer sell PCBs or kits! We focus on the most promising and interesting projects, where we have developed a real thing that can be ordered for a few dollars everywhere. We have established partnerships with experienced partners to produce smaller and larger quantities needed for these projects. Two of these partners are Eurocircuits and SIMAC (Joy-IT). We will provide free CAD files if a small board is needed but not available through Elektor's collaboration with partners. Each student can customize or use a PCB and order it with a PCB production service. We recommend www.elektorpcb4makers.com and www.elektorpcbservice.com, which we offer in partnership with Eurocircuits partners.
Elektor @ GitHub - Elektor Lab uses the Elektor Labs platform to host projects from outside writers. You will find the files (software and hardware) needed for the projects there. For large projects under continuous development, managing different versions may be confusing. This is where GitHub comes in, which brings the version management system to easily get back to a specific situation or track changes made. GitHub also offers a few other benefits, such as other test versions, releasing follow-ups to get suggestions and comments, or packs provided to the public in the form of download requests. Therefore, we will provide additional software and CAD data for download on GitHub (https://github.com/ElektorLabs). A relevant weblink can be found at the end of each project title. Clemens Valens of Elektor Lab has created a video tutorial on Elektor TV for GitHub beginners, which you can see below.
Elektor Needs You!
Unlike many other magazines, articles and other interesting content do not flow in the same way from Elektor to you. It also goes the other way. We encourage our growing global community of engineers and manufacturers to offer ideas, tutorials, tips and tricks, circuits, and projects.