I have some Wowwee robots that I'm taking apart in order to dissect them -- a project(s) meant to give me a foundation and focus to learn electronics (especially embedded/digital electronics).
My problem is, however, that although I have plenty of books on electronics/digital theory, I haven't been able to find any books/resources on reversing digital electronics.
The Wowwee forums themselves are a great resource, but most of the conversation there is from guys who already well know what to do. They're very courteous and helpful to answer questions, but I can't really ask for the breadth of how to actually decipher how all the chips are communicating with each other.
So, any recommendations on resources/books? Specifically, I would love some kind of resource that teaches along the lines of "MAKE: Electronics" or "Evil Genius" books -- where they mix the theory in with hands on applications.
I understand that reverse engineering isn't merely something that's taught overnight, or easily, and that it's predicated upon a vast understanding of underlying mechanics/theory, both electronic and digital. But I need to start somewhere, and the recommendation to go out and learn the vast world of digital electronics before trying to tinker and apply, even at a neophyte level, is difficult to keep inspired about.
(If you don't have any recommendations, if you could even just detail the generic process/steps of how one goes about reverse engineering/deciphering digital communications between embedded electronics, that would be much appreciated).