We wanted Black Friday to be more exciting – so we put together a gift guide for hackers and asked MIT engineer & hacker, Limor “Ladyada” Fried for her top recommendations in the realm of all things open source electronics and hacker gear.
If you must shop, help them make or hack something great. This Hack Black Friday Gift Guide features a SIM card reader/writer, discreet lockpick kits, router hacking kits, a USB analyzer, cool new items like Raspberry Pi and MaKey MaKey, fun stuff like the Hackerspace Passport, Hackerscout Badges and a coloring book for the littlest hackers and more.
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.
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