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November 14, 2013 AT 10:00 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Raspberry Pi and Pi Accessories

Why have fruitcake this holiday season when you could have raspberry pi? Oh, right, I guess you can’t eat a low-cost ARM GNU/Linux box. It makes a great gift though!


Gifts From Adafruit!

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The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. The design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 128 or 256 Megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage. This board is intended to run Linux kernel based operating systems. Model A also available! Read more.


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Raspberry Pi Starter Pack – You want to get hacking with your Pi fast, right? Get everything you need to start with the Adafruit Starter Pack for Raspberry Pi. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your new Pi, everything you need to get a distro image loaded and running. We pre-assemble the Cobbler for you, no soldering required

This pack includes a single Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB RAM, two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller.
Contains:

  • Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB RAM
  • Adafruit Pi Case – Keeps your Pi snug and safe, and is compatible with the GPIO cable and cobbler! Durable and chic, snaps together in seconds.
  • 3′ long USB Micro-B Cable – Use this to power the Pi from a computer or the 5V 1A adapter
  • 5V 1A power adapter – this ain’t no regular USB power plug! We had these custom made specifically for use with embedded Linux machines like the Pi. It provides clean 1A minimum with 5.25V to overcome the 0.25V drop of the USB cable
  • USB TTL console cable – The easiest method by far to talk to the Pi – simply connect the black, green and white wires to the GPIO header and connect using a terminal program! Connect the red wire to also provide power.
  • SD Card 4GB size – 2GB is a little too small, we think. This card works perfectly with our reader below and is ideal for loading in our educational Pi distro
  • Assembled Adafruit Pi Cobbler kit with GPIO cable – We now have this part pre-assembled so you don’t have to solder it! Makes connecting to the GPIO/I2C/SPI/Power pins easy as pie, for Model B Revision 1.0
  • USB microSD card reader – For loading the image onto the SD card. No drivers required, works with all OS’s and is plenty fast
  • Large full-size breadboard – This breadboard has plenty of space for a Cobbler and your circuits, with an adhesive back you can attach it. We now ship white breadboards, not clear ones
  • Breadboarding wires – These flexible wires come in various colors and are easier to use than ‘cut wire’ kits
  • 10 foot long Ethernet cable – The Pi comes with built in Ethernet, so use it to make your project net-connected
  • Embroidered Raspberry Pi badge – beautiful jewel-tone embroided badges are made with solar power and are iron on. Adafruit supports the Raspberry Pi foundation with donations and have permission to make these badges.
  • BONUS PARTS! These parts will take you through the first couple of tutorials we have up on the Adafruit Learning System:
    • 5 x 10K resistors for pullups on the buttons
    • 5 x 560 ohm resistors for the LEDs
    • 1 RED 10mm diffused LED
    • 1 GREEN 10mm diffused LED
    • 1 BLUE 10mm diffused LED
    • 3 tactile pushbuttons
    • Light-sensitive resistor photocell
    • 1uF capacitor

Already have a pi? This kit also comes with the pi not included. Read More.



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HDMI 4 Pi – 7″ Display 1280×800 IPS – VGA/NTSC/PAL/NTSCNEW! We’ve updated this product to be even better, now with ultra high resolution, wide viewing angle and HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL input

Yes, this is an adorable small HDMI television with incredibly high resolution! We tried to get the smallest possible HDMI/VGA display with high-res, high-contrast visibility. The visible display measures only 7″ (17.8cm) diagonal, and the TFT comes in an enclosure with HDMI, VGA and Composite inputs. The display is very easy to use – simply connect the included 12VDC adapter to the 2.1mm center-positive DC jack, then connect a digital video source to one of the ports. Voila, a television display! There’s some little buttons on the front that let you enter a menu system for adjusting brightness, color and contrast. It auto-detects which input you have and switches to that one or you can ‘select’ from the menu which to display. It comes with a basic stand (shown) and there are four ‘mounting thread’ holes in the back in a 75mmx75mm square and you can use M4 screws to attach it to an enclosure. There’s also a “Camera Mount” 1/4-20 hole in the bottom so you can attach it to a camera-ready mount. Read More.


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The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is a custom designed add-on for Raspberry Pi. It attaches to Raspberry Pi by way of one of the two small sockets on the board upper surface. This interface uses the dedicated CSI interface, which was designed especially for interfacing to cameras. The CSI bus is capable of extremely high data rates, and it exclusively carries pixel data. Raspberry Pi NOT INCLUDED

The board itself is tiny, at around 25mm x 20mm x 9mm. It also weighs just over 3g, making it perfect for mobile or other applications where size and weight are important. It connects to Raspberry Pi by way of a short ribbon cable. The camera is connected to the BCM2835 processor on the Pi via the CSI bus, a higher bandwidth link which carries pixel data from the camera back to the processor. This bus travels along the ribbon cable that attaches the camera board to the Pi. Don’t forget to grab an adjustable pi camera mount to make it nice and steady! Also available in NoIR. Read More.


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Onion Pi Pack w/Large Antenna – Make a Raspberry Pi Tor Proxy – Feel like someone is snooping on you? Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. Using this pack of parts and a free weekend you can build a project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi.

After it’s built, using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

This pack comes with everything you need, $108 of parts for $95. We donate a portion of the sales to the EFF and Tor! Each order comes with:

Want something more compact? We suggest our compact Onion Pi model, it still has great range, but will take up less space! Read More.



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Pimoroni PiGlow – Get visual feedback from your Pi!
The PiGlow is a small add on board for the Raspberry Pi that provides 18 individually controllable LEDs. You can use it for all sorts of things! And of course, it fits inside a Pibow!
There are tons of things you can do with it:

  • Mood lighting / ambiance
  • Showing current system load
  • Notify you of events like mentions in tweets or incoming e-mail
  • Feedback the status of scripts/daemons running on your Pi
  • Works great when VESA mounted to provide a cast against a wall
  • …and pretty much anything else you can think of!

This board uses the SN3218 8-bit 18-channel PWM chip to drive 18 surface mount LEDs. Communication is done via I2C over the GPIO header with a bus address of 0x54 (Python example code provided). Each LED can be set to a PWM value of between 0 and 255. Comes fully assembled and ready to rock.


Gifts From Other Sites!


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The Pi Hut has an awesome case for stacking pis on pis on pis.

The Multi-Pi Raspberry Pi case is the perfect case for those wanting to stack multiple Raspberry Pi’s up! Assembly is quick and easy.

One case kit allow two Pi’s to be stacked and multiple kits will allow further Pi’s to be stacked up. We’ve had up to 16 stacked safely together, alas ceiling height limit further exploration! All build parts are super sexy aluminum bar the safety washers (where a nice gentle plastic was selected instead), so it looks great, and it’s super strong!

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Raspberry Pi GPIO Key Fob – Sick of counting down the pins on your raspberry pi? This little cutie will help you speed up the process! And don’t worry about losing it because it has a handy key chain. (Well, unless you lose your keys.)

Inspired by the Raspberry Leaf by Simon Monk we put together this key fob for cutting with laser laminate. The files are available on thingiverse.

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RTC Alarm Pi Real time Clock Module – Add a little time to that pi!

The RTC Alarm Pi is a real-time clock expansion board for the Raspberry Pi and is based around the PCF8563 Real-Time Clock IC from NXP. The PCF8563 is controlled via the I2C port on the Raspberry Pi and includes an interrupt based alarm output which can be set to pull high at a specified date and time.

Connecting the Low Alarm pin to the reset pin on the Raspberry Pi allows you to put the Raspberry Pi into a low power sleep mode and then reset it at a set date and time waking the Raspberry Pi up. An ICSP (in circuit serial programming) port is included on the top of the RTC Alarm Pi giving you the option to reprogram the PIC micro-controller for your own needs. A wiring diagram for the PIC Micro-controller ICSP port can be found on page 2 of the data-sheet.

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Show the world just how geeky you are with this fun case from PC Supplies Limited. It’s GPIO compatible, allows access to SD/HDMI/Video/Audio/USB/Network/PSU Ports, and covers all sides of the motherboard for the “ultimate protection”. Read More.


SHIPPING DEADLINES

Here are your 2013 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 13, 2013 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 19, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 20, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 23, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 16, 2013. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013 – Arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 22, 2013. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/13.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

When in doubt contact us!


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