Even if you’ve been working with electronics for decades, there are still likely “one or two” things that you have to look up from time to time. Depending on the fact or facts that you need, this could mean flipping through an old textbook, doing a web search, or scrolling through forums, each of which take time. In the latter case you might wonder whether “user xyz” on “that one” forum really had the right answer anyway.
For an easy-to-use electrical engineering reference that you can take anywhere, Nerdonic has created CheatKard. Or, to put it differently, a series of very cool cheat cards. These credit card-sized reference devices contain lots of information, such as over 100 schematic symbols, as well as 132+ SMD footprints, and a variety of other laws and PCB design tips. In fact, the PCB SMD footprints design “section” contains two cards printed front and back.
Each card features gold plated lettering, and the set comes with a carabiner style ring to hold them together. This would allow you to put it in an easy to reach place for storage, and flip quickly from card to card when finding the info you need. They’re also waterproof and bendable, built to last through design after design.
Its quite a clever setup, and Nerdonic has plans to offer similar sets in different disciplines, such as mechanical engineering, computing, and photography. Rewards on Kickstarter start at £22, or approximately $31 if you’d like one of the current offering, or you can get 10 to distribute to your entire EE crew for just under $300!