We’ve put together the perfect guide to help you ply your promising graduate with a plethora of pi gifts. Or, if you’re feeling particularly participatory, put your maker hat on and plan a pi project from the learn system guides we’ve picked for you below.
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Google AIY Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi – Starter Pack: Need directions to your nearest dry cleaner? Or maybe you need to send a hands-free email? Perhaps you just want to know what the weather’s like in Timbuktu. Ask your new little friend – the Google AIY Voice Bot! This Starter Pack provides the Google Voice Kit plus everything else you’ll need to bring your new little pal to life!
Adafruit PiOLED – 128×32 Monochrome OLED Add-on for Raspberry Pi: If you’re looking for the most compact li’l display for a Raspberry Pi (most likely a Pi Zero) project, this might be just the thing you need!
The Adafruit 128×32 PiOLED is your little OLED pal, ready to snap onto any and all Raspberry Pi computers, to give you a little display. The PiOLED comes with a monochrome 128×32 OLED, with sharp white pixels. The OLED uses only the I2C pins so you have plenty of GPIO connections available for buttons, LEDs, sensors, etc. It’s also nice and compact so it will fit into any case.
Python for Microcontrollers: Getting Started with MicroPython: MicroPython is a tiny open-source Python programming language interpreter that runs on microcontroller, originally written by Damien George (http://micropython.org/). With MicroPython you can write clean and simple Python code to control hardware instead of having to use complex low-level languages like C or C++ (what Arduino uses for programming). Its great for beginners!
IBM TJBot – A Watson Maker Kit: Say hello to your new little friend – it might just say “hello” back!
Have some fun and code your very own AI robot with TJBot, a do-it-yourself template to learn, experiment, and explore AI with IBM Watson. The project consists of open-source step-by-step recipes, or coding instructions, designed for a Raspberry PI to help you connect your TJBot to Watson developer services.
Raspberry Pi Foundation Starter Kit with Pi 3: To celebrate the sale of their ten millionth Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Foundation for the first time has put together their own idea of what the perfect bundle would look like, creating the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.
This kit provides you with a keyboard, mouse, power supply, Pi enclosure, HDMI cable, and an SD card with the necessary operating system out of which you can operate. Great for setting you on the path to building your own computer — all you’d need to wrap it up is an HDMI monitor or television!
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LED Matrix Sand Toy – LED physics on a Pi powered Matrix: These LEDs interact with motion and looks like they’re affect by gravity. An Adafruit LED matrix displays the LEDs as little grains of sand which are driven by sampling an accelerometer with Raspberry Pi Zero!
Raspberry Pi Selfie Bot – Build a selfie camera with a quirky personality!: Instead of a selfie booth, bring SelfieBot to your next party! This Raspberry Pi project has a mind of its own: SelfieBot giggles, snoozes, and prints selfies on its thermal printer. Animated facial expressions and sounds are triggered by movement-based interactions. SelfieBot is contained in a customizable laser-cut acrylic and 3D-printed case.
Ultimate Youtube Live Camera: As a YouTuber, I’m always looking for ways to streamline different tasks. Live streaming is definitely something that has the opportunity to be a LOT simpler. It would be nice if you just had a camera that you can take with you, turn on, and live stream. So that will be the primary goal of this project: to make a dedicated camera for live streaming to YouTube.