Conceptual Information Arts (CIA)
Links: Physical Computing, Electronics, Alternative Interfaces, GPS

Stephen Wilson, Professor, Art, Conceptual/Information Arts Program, San Francisco State University
Information about the Conceptual/Information Arts program    Wilson web page

Links for CIA courses in physical Computing including resources in Alternative Interfaces (Sensors, Device Control, Electronics)  and GPS location sensing technology

Alternative Interfaces

Artists, Theory

Interface Box Resources

 Electronics Tutorials & Resources

Ezines focused on DIY, physical hacking

 Electronics and Robotics Supply Sources Electronics Project Information Chip Specifications  Interesting Sensors/Devices - Technical Information

Electronics-how to books
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn (, $19)
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots Parts Bundles (, $32 for Walker, $21 for Mousey)

Courses in Physical Computing and the Arts

Interface boxes of defunct companies - out of business - no longer supported


Artists, Theory How to Information, Software, Hardware Reserch, Tutorials

Topics in Electronics

What is electricity, voltage, amperage, resistance, watts, power, ohm's law?
What is alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC)?
How does one work safely with electricity?
How do batteries , transformers, rectifiers, voltage regulators work?
How do power supplies work?

What are analog electronics?  How do tubes work?
How do transistors work?  What are emitters, collectors, bases, gain, bias?
What is the difference between a NPN and PNP transistors?

How do switches work?  What kinds are available?
How do relays work?  What so relay ratings mean?
What is an optoisolator?  How does it work?
What is a triac?

How do digital electronics work?
What is a truth table?
How does an AND, OR, NAND, and NOR gate work?
What is the difference between TTL and CMOS chips?
How does a multiplexer work?
What kind of other digital chips are available?

How does one work with breadboards?  How does one solder?
What is a multitester?

How do motors work?  What kinds of lights are available?
What is an LED?

How does one interface with a computer?
What special considerations must one be aware of?
  rev 7/30/06