Adafruit Graduation Gift Guide 2017: Arduino Products and Projects

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Arduino products and projects are fun for all makers – from the very beginner to the most skilled. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite arduino-centric gifts for graduates, including a couple of fun projects from our Adafruit Learning System! Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? No sweat. Check out our full listing of arduino products here.


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Parallax BOEBot Robot for Arduino Kit: This kit brings the excellent design and tutorials of Parallax to the Arduino world. Make your Arduino the onboard brain of a mobile robot and learn robotics, electronics, and programming with this versatile kit and its accompanying step-by-step lessons. The Board of Education Shield plugs into your own Arduino (not included) and mounts on the popular Boe-Bot robot chassis. (read more)

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Getting Started with Arduino By Massimo Banzi – 3rd Edition: This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open-source electronics prototyping platform that’s taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino, updated for the latest Arduino release, gives you lots of ideas for Arduino projects and helps you get going on them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is right in the book.(read more)

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DIY Gamer Kit from Technology Will Save Us: Build your very own Arduino-based portable gaming toy with this kit from Tech Will Save Us!

The DIY Gamer Kit is an Arduino controlled gaming device. Once you solder the whole thing together, you’ll have an 8×8 LED matrix display that serves as the device’s screen. From there, just easily upload your game’s code onto an Arduino (not included) and play! It’s a great learning experience with a fun result. (read more)

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AdaBox001 – Welcome to the Feather Ecosystem: Please note! This is NOT the subscription version of AdaBox! This is ONLY AdaBox001 that shipped out to AdaBox subscribers in September of 2016. This version does not include free shipping, the lithium ion battery, or AdaBox subscriber exclusive pin. If you’d like to subscribe to AdaBox, please visit the AdaBox page!

When we launched our subscription service for makers, our first box sold out almost immediately. While it’s still too late to be one of our very first AdaBox subscribers, it’s not too late to buy our first AdaBox as a standalone product. (read more)


Ninja Timer: Giant 7-Segment Display: Ever wanted to build an enormous timer using 7-segment displays? Here’s a way to do just that using NeoPixel strips for the segments and acrylic diffusers to blend the individual LEDs into seamless light sources.

This guide shows how to build 12″ tall digits, each made from a meter of NeoPixels cut into segments and then joined at angles. Each digit is controlled by a single Arduino data pin, so you can make and use as many digits as you like, dependant on power supply and available Arduino pins. (read more)

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Circuit Playground Password Vault: Long, random passwords — such as [email protected]%2R*qhw8 are great because they’re so secure when compared to easy ones such as Pencil or 12345, but can be difficult to remember and to type. Once you build this Circuit Playground Password Vault, you won’t need to remember or type them ever again! The Circuit Playground can act as USB keyboard, so it can be plugged into any computer and be used to enter password for you. (read more)

Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.

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