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December 17, 2015 AT 12:30 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Internet of Things


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Give your loved ones the gift of IOT this year. Who doesn’t want more direct integration between their physical world and their computer-based systems! The Adafruit store has plenty of gadgets for all skill levels from new IOT enthusiasts to hard core hackers. We are also testing Adafruit IO, a new platform for our online community. We are really happy with the way Adafruit IO is coming along and we are Open Beta Testing right now! Interested in helping us test Adafruit IO? Sign up here!


Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi 2

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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.

Check out windowsondevices.com for more information on how to set up Windows 10 IoT Core on your Raspberry Pi and download project samples! Read more


Adafruit HUZZAH CC3000 WiFi Breakout with Onboard Antenna

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Adafruit HUZZAH CC3000 WiFi Breakout with Onboard Antenna: For years we’ve seen all sorts of microcontroller-friendly WiFi modules but none of them were really Adafruit-worthy. Either they were too slow, or too difficult to use, or required signing an NDA, or had limited functionality, or too expensive, or too large. So we shied away from carrying any general purpose microcontroller-friendly WiFi boards. NO LONGER! Read more


Adafruit IoT Pi Printer Project Pack – Includes Raspberry Pi

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Build an “Internet of Things” connected mini printer that will do your bidding! This is a fun weekend project that comes with a beautiful laser cut case. Once assembled, the little printer connects wirelessly to get Internet data for printing onto 2 1/4″ wide receipt paper. Based on a Raspberry Pi computer, this is a powerful mini Linux machine. We have example python code for a few different printouts including a daily weather forecast report, sudoku puzzles, image printer and a tweeter printer that connects Twitter’s search API and retrieve and print tweets according to your requests: you can have it print out tweets from a person, a hashtag, mentioning a word, etc! All the code is open source so its easy to adapt and write your own custom printer software. Read more


Arduino Uno R3 (Atmega328 – assembled)

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Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, Max/MSP) Read more


2.4GHz Mini Flexible WiFi Antenna with uFL Connector

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This 4″ / 100mm long flexible uFL 2.4GHz antenna has approx 4DBi gain and a 50Ω impedance so it will work fantastically with just about any 2.4-2.5GHz wireless receiver/transmitter such as the Adafruit CC3000s!

Antenna comes with a uFL (a.k.a u.FL / IPX / IPEX) connector, so no more need for additional adapters to get your IoT cloud flying high! Read more


Huzzah! Adafruit.io Internet of Things ESP8266 WiFi Starter Kit

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Huzzah! Adafruit.io Internet of Things ESP8266 WiFi Starter Kit: OK you’ve signed up for Adafruit.io and you’re ready to build something cool and Internet-connected. All you need is this starter kit which will get you going with lots of parts that go very well with our service and are the most common sensors and actuators you may want. Sense light, motion, humidity, temperature, and more, then send it for storage on adafruit.io! Light up LEDs, make noise, and move a motor when a trigger is detected.

This pack is designed for people who want to use the new low-cost ESP8266 WiFi microcontroller and are comfortable with that platform to explore IoT. An ESP8266 development board is included. An Arduino or other microcontroller is not required. Read more


Arduino Zero – 32 bit Cortex M0 Arduino with Debug Interface

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With the new Arduino Zero board, the more creative individual will have the potential to create one’s most imaginative and new ideas for IoT devices, wearable technologies, high tech automation, wild robotics and other not yet thinkable adventures in the world of makers.

The Arduino Zero represents a simple, yet powerful, 32-bit extension of the Arduino UNO platform. The board is powered by Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU, featuring a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core. With the addition of the Zero board, the Arduino family becomes larger with a new member providing increased performance.

The power of its Atmel’s core gives this board an upgraded flexibility and boosts the scope of projects one can think of and make; moreover, it makes the Zero the ideal educational tool for learning about 32-bit application development.
The Zero is for advanced hackers only at this time. Read more


Particle Photon with Headers

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The Particle Photon is a $19 tiny Wi-Fi development kit for creating connected projects and products for the Internet of Things. It’s easy to use, it’s powerful, and it’s connected to the cloud.

The tools that make up the Photon’s ecosystem (and come along with the board) are designed to let you build and create whether you’re an embedded engineer, web developer, Arduino enthusiast or IoT entrepreneur. You’ll be able to write your firmware in our web or local IDE, deploy it over the air, and build your web and mobile apps with ParticleJS and our Mobile SDK.

The board itself uses a Broadcom WICED Wi-Fi chip (one that can be found in Nest Protect, LIFX, and Amazon Dash) alongside a powerful STM32 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller. It’s like the Spark Core, but better! The WICED chipset is much faster than the original CC3000 in the ‘Core and also supports SSL and Soft-AP mode. Read more


Intel® Edison w/ Mini Breakout Board

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The Intel® Edison is a compact computing platform that’s small by design so you can easily integrate it into projects. It’s primarily designed for “Internet of Things” projects and is pretty powerful for its small size.

The Edison has a bunch of features that makes it appealing for makers of all skill levels. It uses a 22 nm Intel SoC that includes a dual core, dual threaded Intel Atom CPU at 500MHz and a 32-bit Intel® Quark microctroller which runs at 100 MHz. It’s a lot of power for a board that’s about the size of an LED Matrix.

The board supports 40 GPIOs and includes 1 GB LPDDR3, 4 GB EMMC, and has dual-band WiFI and BTLE – which makes it essentially wireless.

The tiny Edison fits nicely onto a breakout board – sort of like a tiny IoT sparrow into a very small nest – so you can expose the native 1.8 V I/O of the Edison. The breakout board has a power supply, USB serial, USB OTG port and power switch, an I/O header, and a battery charger. Together, there’s seamless device-to-device and device-to-cloud communication. 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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