Welcome to “The Ultimate Open Source Hardware Gift Guide 2010.” In the early days of Open Source Hardware (5-6 years ago), it was possible to collect all the projects and do one gift guide. Eventually dozens of guides were needed for the hundreds of projects. And now, there are so many projects it’s not really possible for any one person, or even one site, to list them all in any timely or reasonable way. New projects are released each week, there are thousands of them, many aren’t public or well known yet, this is all great news — 2010 was a great year for OSHW! Dozens of companies are making millions of dollars each, all supporting (and being supported by) the open source hardware ecosystem.
With so many projects, there’s really only one solution, this year, I’m just going to pick my favorite OSHW projects. These are projects and products that I think make great gifts and uphold the ideals of open source hardware, some are available from MAKE, some are not — MAKE supports OSHW, so we try to carry as much as possible. Some may need to be made and are not for sale, that’s even better. Technically, if it’s open source hardware if you can make every single one of these projects and even sell them! Each project is linked to the original product/project page. If MAKE sells it, that’s also included.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.