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November 20, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Raspberry Pi Accessories and Books #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Adafruit’s goal to help the world learn & share electronics and computer programming continues with our new line of products made just for the Raspberry Pi®. What is the Raspberry Pi® ? A low-cost ARM GNU/Linux box.

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 design is based on a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 512 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 – Wikipedia.

Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products.


Raspberry Pi Accessories

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8GB SD Card with Raspbian Jessie Operating System: Raspbian “Jessie” is the newest stable operating system based on Debian Linux. It’s an update of the super popular Raspbian Wheezy – with myriad bug fixes and tweaks as well as some added features. We think it’s the best Raspbian update yet. To read more about Raspbian Jessie, check out the raspberrypi.org’s blog here! Read more.


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Miniature WiFi (802.11b/g/n) Module: For Raspberry Pi and more: Make your Internet of Things device cable-free by adding WiFi. Take advantage of the Raspberry Pi and Beagle Bone’s USB port to add a low cost, but high-reliability wireless link. We tried half a dozen modules to find one that works well with the Pi and Bone without the need of recompiling any kernels: its supported by the Bone’s Angstrom/Debian installation that comes with each Bone as well as Raspbian and just about any other modern Pi operating system. You’ll have wireless Internet in 10 minutes! Works great with 802.11b/g/n networks. Read more.


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Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad: Add a miniature wireless controller to your computer project with this combination keyboard and touchpad. We found the smallest wireless USB keyboard available, a mere 6″ x 2.4″ x 0.5″ (152mm x 59mm x 12.5mm)! It’s small but usable to make a great accompaniment to a computer such as the Beagle Bone or Raspberry Pi. The keyboard itself is battery powered (there’s a rechargeable battery inside that you charge up via the included USB cable). The keyboard communicates back to the computer via 2.4 GHz wireless link (not Bluetooth). Read more.


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USB 2.0 Powered Hub – 7 Ports with 5V 2A Power Supply: Add lots more USB capability to your Raspberry Pi or computer using this powered USB 2.0 hub. It adds a full seven powered ports, all at USB 2.0 speeds so you can use video cameras and other high speed devices (cheaper hubs are v1.1 and not as fast!) Read more.


Raspberry Pi Books

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Raspberry Pi User Guide by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree – 3rd Edition: The Raspberry Pi User Guide, 3rd Edition by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree contains everything the reader needs to know to get up and running on the Raspberry Pi. The third edition is updated for the latest revision of the Raspberry Pi Model B+! Read more.


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Programming the Raspberry Pi: Getting Started with Python – Second Edition: Program your own Raspberry Pi projects!

An updated guide to programming your own Raspberry Pi projects. Learn to create inventive programs and fun games on your powerful Raspberry Pi–with no programming experience required. This practical book has been revised to fully cover the new Raspberry Pi 2, including upgrades to the Raspbian operating system. Discover how to configure hardware and software, write Python scripts, create user-friendly GUIs, and control external electronics. DIY projects include a hangman game, RGB LED controller, digital clock, and RasPiRobot complete with an ultrasonic rangefinder. Read more.


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Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk: No, this book doesn’t have 412 pages of raspberry fruit pie recipes. But it does teach you basic principles to help you use your Raspberry Pi with new, developing technologies. It’s a great addition to the Getting Started with Raspberry Pi book and is an excellent next step for your Raspberry Pi needs.

The “recipes” in this book are all different tutorials on how to run your credit-card sized computer with Linux, program it with Python, hook up sensors, motors, and other hardware. Read more.


Cameras for your Pi

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Raspberry Pi Camera Board: 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. Read more.


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Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera Board – Infrared-sensitive Camera: The Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera Module is a custom designed add-on for Raspberry Pi that does not have an ‘IR cut filter’ installed. Like the regular Pi camera, 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. Read more.


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Spy Camera for Raspberry Pi: Is your house haunted? Or, rather, are you convinced that your house is haunted but have never been able to prove it since you’ve never had a camera that integrated with your raspberry pi but was still small enough that the ghosts wouldn’t notice it? Luckily, the Spy Camera for Raspberry Pi is smaller than a thumbnail with a high enough resolution to see people, or ghosts, or whatever it is you’re looking for. It’s about the size of a cell phone camera – the module being just 8.5mm x 11.3mm – and has a stick-on back so it’s easy to mount in a doorbell or behind a teddy bear’s eye (might as well be creative!) Read more.


Raspberry Pi Displays, Mini Displays, and Monitors

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Pi Foundation PiTFT – 7″ Touchscreen Display for Raspberry Pi: The 7” Touchscreen Display for Raspberry Pi gives users the ability to create all-in-one, integrated projects such as tablets, infotainment systems and embedded projects! Read more.


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PiTFT – Assembled 320×240 2.8″ TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi: Is this not the cutest little display for the Raspberry Pi? It features a 2.8″ display with 320×240 16-bit color pixels and a resistive touch overlay. The plate uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top! Read more.


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Adafruit PiTFT 2.2″ HAT Mini Kit – 320×240 2.2″ TFT – No Touch: The cute PiTFT got even more adorable with this little primary display for Raspberry Pi in HAT form! It features a 2.2″ display with 320×240 16-bit color pixels. The HAT uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top of your Model A+ or B+ and fits into our case quite nicely. Read more.


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HDMI 4 Pi – 7″ Display 1280×800 (720p) IPS – HDMI/VGA/PAL/NTSC: 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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Pixel Qi 10″ Display with Controller- 1024×600 HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL: We’re really excited to offer the revolutionary Pixel Qi display, a full color screen that can also be used in daylight. The Qi has three modes – backlit color, backlit grayscale and daylight grayscale. In normal office/indoor use you’ll want to go with keeping the backlight on to reveal the color layer. The screen works just like any other 10″ TFT with fast refresh (not like slow e-ink). When a bright light shines on it, the display turns ‘gray’ but is still visible. When outdoors in bright light, the backlight can be turned off to revert to a transflective display mode which is much lower power. For much more information please check out the Pixel Qi website. Read more.


Pi HATs

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Adafruit Ultimate GPS HAT for Raspberry Pi A+/B+/Pi 2 – Mini Kit: It’s 10PM, do you know where your Raspberry Pi is? If you had this GPS HAT, you would! This new HAT from Adafruit adds our celebrated Ultimate GPS on it, so you can add precision time and location to your Raspberry Pi Model A+, B+, or Pi 2. Read more.


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Adafruit 16-Channel PWM / Servo HAT for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit: The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little computer, but one thing it isn’t very good at is controlling DC Servo Motors – these motors need very specific and repetitive timing pulses to set the position. Instead of asking the Pi Linux kernel to send these signals, pop on this handy HAT! It adds the capability to control 16 Servos with perfect timing. It can also do PWM up to 1.6 KHz with 12 bit precision, all completely free-running. Read more.


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Adafruit Capacitive Touch HAT for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit – MPR121: This touch-able add on HAT for Raspberry Pi will inspire your next interactive project with 12 capacitive touch sensors. Capacitive touch sensing works by detecting when a person (or animal) has touched one of the sensor electrodes. Capacitive touch sensing used for stuff like touch-reactive tablets and phones, as well as control panels for appliances, which is where you may have used it before. This HAT allows you to create electronics that can react to human touch, with up to 12 individual sensors. Read more.


Raspberry Pi Packs

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CadSoft EAGLE Make Personal PCB Design Software V7 RasPi Combo – Includes Raspberry Pi 2, Model B: As if this software wasn’t great enough already (really, we use it all the time) we’re throwing in a FREE Raspberry Pi 2 with every purchase of this software!

When you buy this bundle, we’ll mail you a license card with a download code for everybody’s favorite CadSoft EAGLE Make Personal PCB Design Software (V7) and a complimentary Raspberry Pi 2, Model B! What a deal. Read more.


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Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 – w/ Raspberry Pi 2: The Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 is the best way to get started using Windows 10 and your Raspberry Pi as an IoT enabled device.

A collaboration between Microsoft’s IoT division and Adafruit, this pack’s the best way to get started using both Windows 10 on your Pi and to start doing some popular projects with the internet of things. Read more.


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Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Starter Pack – Includes a Raspberry Pi 2: Why not trick out your fresh new board with some accessories? The Pi 2 is a big deal – a big, big deal. It has an upgraded ARMv7 multicore procssor and a full Gigabyte of RAM – meaning you’re going to see ~2x the performance on processor-upgrade only and 4x on average for mutliple-core procssors. That’s up to like 7.5x increase in speed without taking into account the 1 Gig of RAM. Read more.


Prototyping

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Assembled Pi Cobbler Plus – Breakout Cable for Pi B+/A+/Pi 2: The Raspberry Pi B+/Pi 2 has landed on the Maker World like a 40-GPIO pinned, quad-USB ported, credit card sized bomb of DIY joy. And while you can use most of our great Model B accessories by hooking up our downgrade cable, its probably a good time to upgrade your set up and accessorize using all of the Model B+’s / Pi 2’s 40 pins. Read more.


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Adafruit Half-size Perma-Proto Raspberry Pi Breadboard PCB Kit: We put a PermaProto half sized proto board in a blender with a Pi Cobbler and out emerged this very tasty confection – the PermaProto for Pi! It has the Cobbler baked right in. Simply solder the 2×13 pin header in and you get all the labeled breakouts with tons of prototyping space, power rails, mounting holes and that gorgeous silk. Read more.


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Stacking Header for Pi A+/B+/Pi 2 – 2×20 Extra Tall Header: Stack multiple plates, breakouts etc onto your Raspberry Pi Model B+ with this custom-made extra-tall and extra-long 2×20 female header. The female header part has extra spaces to make it 23mm tall: when placed on your Pi, a PCB will clear the Ethernet and USB jacks. The stacky pin part is also extra-long, 10mm, so that when a standard 1.5mm thickness PCB is installed, there will be 8.5mm remaining, plenty to plug into. Read more.


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We’re excited for the Holiday Season here at Adafruit, and we can’t wait to share that excitement with you! Stay tuned into the blog where you will find new, handpicked gift guides five days a week from November 9th through December 24th, 2015 alongside holiday themed tutorials and builds!


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Adafruit Holiday Deadlines 2015

Here are your 2015 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.

The Adafruit Shipping Department works hard to get your orders out as quickly as we can, but once they’re in the hands of our carriers they’re out of our control.

Carriers have been struggling to keep up with the sharp rise in online orders. UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays over the last few years.

So all the Adafruit Shippers say: Please be sure you get your gifts early! Order as soon as you can! Once you place your order we’ll ship like the wind!

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 11, 2015 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive by December 24.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 17, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 18, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 21, 2015 – Arrive by 12/24/2015.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday or Sunday service for UPS or USPS.

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, 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 11, 2014 – Arrive by 12/24/2015 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders)): Place orders by Friday – November 20, 2015. Can take up to 30 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/25/2015 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/2015.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 5, 2015. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2014 or sooner.

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