Q: For a mechanical/biomedical engineer with little background in electronics, what would you recommend for me to come up to speed?
A: Take a look at the BASIC Stamp modules and educational materials from Parallax: www.parallax.com. The BASIC Stamps provide a good way to get started and Parallax has many books about electronics. I also recommend the book, "Make: Electronics," from O'Reilly Media, ISBN: 978-0-596-15374-8. It's an excellent book with many helpful illustrations and diagrams.
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