This page lists most of the tools/hardware/vendors that I use or have used.
I’ve only used the Uno Rev 3 model so far. Very easy to setup and get going. Great for beginners.
Inexpensive and has a large active community so lots of resources to draw from.
Just starting to get the know the Pi. So far I’m impressed.
Using this for robot vision on the Pi. Highly recommended.
Adafruit Servo Shield
If you need to prototype something with a bunch of servos then this is a great shield to get.
Adafruit Motor Shield
Great shield for driving motors on the Arduino.
I use this to for prototyping.
Maker Proto Shield
Anther great shield for prototyping but a bit spendy. I added a mini breadboard. Works great.
Breadboard with Jumper Wires
I got the Elenco 9440 breadboard. Pretty cheap and not the greatest quality but works perfectly well.
My main gripe with breadboards is that there is no third power rail for projects that require bipolar power so that the +Vcc, -Vcc and GND can be easily routed to all components.
One of my all time favorite pieces of hardware. So easy to integrate and provides untethered access to your mobile bot.
Read the end of this post
Hook and Pick Set
One of my most frequently used tools, surprisingly. Highly recommended.
A good wire stripper makes life so much easier.
Another essential tool, along with all the male and female pins and housings.
Got to have one.
You can get a very inexpensive iron for under 20 bucks but it would be better to get a variable output station like the Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station or even better, if you can stretch the budget, get a temperature controlled iron like the Hakko FX888D.
Use these a lot now that I use SketchUp to model my builds.
Double Sided Foam Tape
This is just the best stuff. Strong adhesive but leaves no residue and comes off in one piece. The added bonus is the “padding” it provides that helps protect components from vibration.
I bought my Dremel many many years ago. It’s definitely been useful, now more so with robotics.
Dremel Work Station
Makes the Dremel a lot more usable and precise, particularly when drilling holes.
This is a reasonably priced item (for an oscilloscope). Really love having one. Makes life so much easier! Not cheap but if you get serious with electronics, and can stretch the budget, it is definitely worth every penny.
I would recommend replacing the supplied probes with these Hantek ones. The Hantek probes are superb.
Saleae Logic Analyser
I’ve bought this but have not used it in anger yet. I’m sure I’m going to. Then I’ll see how useful it really is.
Keep in mind that this is a very basic analyzer so don’t expect the world from it.
My general goto place for parts. Really like the service and support.
LED Worklamp with Lens
Very spendy but very pleased with this lamp. Light is bright and clean, and the magnifying lens is excellent. The lens flap is also perfect as it helps keep the lens dust free.
Using Parallels to run Ubuntu and other operating systems.
Some of the software I used is listed on the Software Page