Father’s day is quickly approaching! There are lots of ways to show the paternalistic figure(s) in your life your care. If that person happens to be a maker, hacker, artist, engineer, etc, we’ve got you covered. Checkout out some of our favorite products and projects from the Adafruit Learning System below!
Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE – with or without headers: Feather is the new development board from Adafruit, and like its namesake it is thin, light, and lets you fly! We designed Feather to be a new standard for portable microcontroller cores.
This is the Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit – our take on an ‘all-in-one’ Arduino-compatible + Bluetooth Low Energy with built in USB and battery charging. Its an Adafruit Feather 32u4 with a BTLE module, ready to rock! We have other boards in the Feather family, check’em out here. Read more.
Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi with JST Connectors – Mini Kit: Playing retro games is easy on a Raspberry Pi – and that pocket-sized computer is pretty good at it too! All you need is a little help to connect buttons and a joystick up and you can custom design your own arcade console, desktop or stand-up machine, even just a simple controller box. It makes for a fun weekend project that will last all year.
This Adafruit Arcade Bonnet is designed to make small emulator projects a little easier to build. Read more
Adafruit Parts Pal: LEDs and passives and transistors and switches and op-amps oh my! The Adafruit Parts Pal is the ultimate companion for an entry-level maker learning electronics. This kit is your friend whenever you need to build up a project. It contains many of our most popular components and prototyping parts all wrapped up in one parts pack so you can open up and dig right in. Read more
Raspberry Pi Zero W Budget Pack – Includes Pi Zero W: Remember those cereal commercials that would always say, “part of a complete breakfast”? Well the Pi Zero’s a lot like that bowl of cereal – while it’s great on its own, you need a lot of accessories to make it a complete meal.
The Pi Zero W Budget Pack is almost everything you need to get going with your WiFi-enabled Pi Zero W and make it a complete meal. Read more
MintyBoost Kit – v3.0: New version! Works with the new iPhone 4 & 5 and more! Please review the Minty Boost project page(s) before purchase and assembly!, some phones require different modifications to the kit to charge properly! Some phones such as the *iPhone 3gs are very sensitive to charging via USB and may not work in all environments or configurations.
Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/etc… battery-pack and recharger!
This project includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own MintyBoost: a small & simple (but very powerful) USB charger for your iPod (or other mp3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge. Read more
Ladyada’s Electronics Toolkit: Starting out on your electronics adventure?
Want to wield the mighty soldering iron?
Tired of saying “I’d totally get into electronics if I only knew what tools to get…”?
Working with substandard equipment is a terrible way to learn electronics: a lot of frustration with too little success. The right tool set will keep you progressing without the stressing.
This toolbox contains carefully selected hand tools that will last you for many many years. Read more
AdaBox Gift Subscription: Buy a specific number of AdaBoxes that will ship out every three months directly to the gift recipient.
Send an email to the recepient today, on a specific date that you choose, or print a custom gift certificate. No monthly subscription. Sales tax applies to NY. Now available in Canada! Read more
Adafruit Gift Certificates: Know someone who loves electronics but don’t know the difference between an XBee, a soldering iron, and a SMA to uFL/u.FL/IPX/IPEX RF Adapter Cable? Want to buy the perfect gift but don’t know whether your Maker friend is a BeagleBone fan or a Rasp Pi devotee? Just a fan of Bruce Yan’s incredible design? If you’re any of these, or more, buy an Adafruit Gift Certificate – the perfect cyber-present for the electronics geek in your life. Read more
Circuit Playground Bike Glove: In this guide we will use the Circuit Playground to create a bike turn signal indicator. By sewing the Circuit Playground to a bike glove and using the accelerometer to detect hand position the standard hand turn signals are enhanced with some nice NeoPixel animations. Read more
Circuit Playground Bike Light: In this guide we will use our Circuit Playground to create a customizable bike light. We’ll look at how we define colors in code and use that to make some fun animations with the NeoPixels. We’ll provide some example animations you can customize. Or you can modify and adapt the examples to try and create your own.
In a world of blinking red bike lights, add some color and pizazz to stand out! Read more
My Mini Race Car: Bluetooth controlled, temperature sensing Formula E racer!
Get ready to race down the track with your Feather microcontroller-based Mini Race Car! You’ll build this high performance racer, using the Bluetooth LE capable Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE board, Motor Driver FeatherWing, and TE HTU21D-F temperature & humidity sensor to give you racetrack telemetry data. Read more
Coffee Detonator: The TNT Plunger Grinder – Use a high-voltage AC power source to trigger a Feather microcontroller-driven coffee grinder.
This is the guide to controlling a coffee grinder with a TNT blasting plunger you never knew you needed! It is admittedly pretty darned specific — however! you can use the techniques here to use nearly any high-powered AC device as a switch for your microcontroller projects. Plus, the addition of the controllable power outlet module means you can instruct your microcontroller to turn on and off a second AC powered device, such as a blender, drill, lamp, or pump. Read more
3D Printed Band for Apple Watch: Make Custom Wristbands for Smart Devices.
In this guide, I’ll show you how I 3D printed a custom wristband for my Apple Watch. The goal for this project is to inspire you to use 3D printing and flexible filaments to make wearable parts. Ninjaflex is a TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) based filament. It’s very flexible and pretty strong. This filament can be 3D printed with most FDM style desktop 3D printers. Because this material is super flexible, it can be printed flat on the bed [of a 3D printer] but wrap and form around any given shape. This means you design flat geometery in CAD and not have to worry about getting the exact curvature. Pretty cool! Read more
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