I want to build thin devices, just as thin as those ipod touches, how do I get started? What courses, what machines, what books?
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There is nothing magic about thin devices. They require no special electronics knowledge. It's mostly a mechanical issue and choosing parts with minimum height off the board. It can mean designing for part value you know will come in smaller packages. A 1 mF 10 V cap is going to take some bulk, for example. But, mostly it's about the grunt work to find versions of parts with minimum height. The biggest issue is usually connectors. Connectors optimized for small size sometimes come in versions that are in the plane of the board in stead of sitting on top of it.
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