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Adafruit Graduation Gift Guide 2019: Raspberry Pi @Raspberry_Pi #RaspberryPi

A mainstay in the world of makers and electronics, The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board, low-cost, high-performance computer first developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Not only has it helped bring the joy of electronics and computer programming to people around the world, but it has also become a staple of the maker community. The ever-present Pi is now in its seventh iteration—Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+—as the Pi Foundation continues to improve on an already excellent product. There’s also the five-dollar Pi Zero – a game-changing Raspberry Pi in a much smaller package – as well as its WiFi-laced cousin, the Pi Zero W.

You can learn all about Raspberry Pi from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, or from our Learn Guides and checkout more at our shop page!


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Raspberry Pi 3 – Model B+ – 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 with 1GB RAM: The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is the most popular Raspberry Pi computer made, and the Pi Foundation knows you can always make a good thing better! And what could make the Pi 3 better? How about a faster processor, 5 GHz WiFi, and updated Ethernet chip with PoE capability? Good guess – that’s exactly what they did!

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range, boasting an updated 64-bit quad core processor running at 1.4GHz with built-in metal heatsink, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LANfaster (300 mbps) Ethernet, and PoE capability via a separate PoE HAT.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ maintains the same mechanical footprint as both the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Adafruit made/brand cases will still fit but some other cases may not, especially ones that depend on component location or have a built in a heatsink.

You can still use all your favorite Raspbian or PIXEL software with this update. You MUST make sure to upgrade your Raspbian operating system install to the latest version so that the firmware can support the new chips! Old SD cards from previous releases will not work without a upgrade!

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Getting Started with Raspberry Pi – 3rd Edition: What can you do with the Raspberry Pi, a low cost computer the size of a credit card? All sorts of things! If you’re learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide will show you just how valuable this flexible little platform can be. Written by Matt Richardson & Shawn Wallace

This book takes you step-by-step through many fun and educational possibilities. Take advantage of several preloaded programming languages. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. Play with multimedia. With Raspberry Pi, you can do all of this and more.

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Google AIY Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi V2: 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 little friend – the Google AIY Voice Kit V2! 

This updated version 2 AIY is a no-soldering-required kit, and now includes a Raspberry Pi Zero WH computer, and a pre-loaded microSD card – everything you need to create your very own smart home assistant! No soldering is required, and you can even set it up using an Android tablet or phone if you don’t want to use command line tools.

Google AIY Projects brings do-it-yourself artificial intelligence to your maker projects. With this AIY Voice Kit from Google, you can build a standalone Google Assistant smart speaker or add voice recognition and natural language processing to your Raspberry Pi-based projects. The kit includes all of the components needed to assemble the basic kit that works with the Google Assistant SDK as well as on-device voice recognition with TensorFlow.

This is a good weekend project, and takes a couple hours to put together and set up, then you’ve got your very own hackable voice assistant!

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PiTFT Plus 480×320 3.5″ TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi: Is this not the cutest, little display for the Raspberry Pi? It features a 3.5″ display with 480×320 16-bit color pixels and a resistive touch overlay just like our popular original, but this one is engineered specifically to work with the newer “2×20 connector” Raspberry Pi’s. 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!

This PiTFT 3.5″ is designed to fit nicely onto the Raspberry Pi Zero, Pi 3, Pi 2 or Model A+ / B+ (any Pi with a 2×20 connector). Not for use with an old Pi 1 with 2×13 connector If you’d like to use a 3.5″ display with the original Pi A or Pi B, check out this version

The display uses the hardware SPI pins (SCK, MOSI, MISO, CE0, CE1) as well as GPIO #25 and #24. GPIO #18 can be used to PWM dim the backlight if you like. All other GPIO are unused. There’s a 2×13 ‘classic Pi’ connection GPIO header on the bottom, you can connect a 26-pin Pi GPIO cable to it to use any of the other pins as you like. The other GPIO are broken out into solder pads at the bottom, in case you want to use more of the GPIO.

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Google AIY Vision Full Kit – Includes Pi Zero WH – v1.1: Google AIY Projects brings do-it-yourself artificial intelligence to your maker projects. The Google AIY Vision Kit lets you build an image recognition device that can see and identify objects, powered by TensorFlow’s machine learning models.

The kit includes all of the components needed to assemble the basic kit that works with the Google Assistant SDK as well as on-device image & vision recognition with TensorFlow using the Intel Movidius Myriad Vision Processing Unit (VPU) hardware assist.

Assembling the kit should take about one hour. This no-soldering-required, complete AIY kit is an awesome Pi Zero-powered project!

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AdaBox005 – Break for Pi: AdaBox005 – Break for Pi is the perfect gift for folks who are just getting started in the world of DIY electronics. It’s an excellent addition to our family of DIY projects, and this is a solderless pack. This is such a great way to test the waters of AdaBox before committing to a subscription.

If you enjoy gaming just as much as you enjoy having a drink of water I’m honored to be the one to inform you that Adabox005 is a pack you surely don’t want to pass up. This pack comes equipped with a Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi Zero case, Adafruit Joy Bonnett, Mini HDMI cable, 8GB SD card and a USB microSD card reader. WOW! Your eyes are certainly not playing tricks on you. This pack allows you to relive your childhood gaming memories you thought were long behind you – from Pac-Man to Super Mario. With Adabox005 you can make your Pi zero into your very own DIY gaming tool.

Please note! This is NOT the subscription version of AdaBox! This is ONLY AdaBox005 that shipped out to AdaBox subscribers in Sept 2017. This version does not include free shipping, MagPi Magazine or AdaBox subscriber exclusive pin. If you’d like to subscribe to AdaBox, please visit the AdaBox page!

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Kano Computer Kit with Touch Screen: Are you more of a visual learner? Have you ever wanted to build your own touchscreen tablet but never knew where to begin? Now’s your chance! With the award-winning Kano Computer Kit Touch and storybook, you’ll not only build your own powerful computer, you’ll understand how you brought it to life!

Kano’s kit comes with a Raspberry Pi 3, a capacitive touchscreenwireless keyboard, custom casepower and HDMI cablesmemory card, a USB power supply, an illustrated storybook, and 4 sheets of stickers and case cards. Everything is included so you can start with just the parts in the box

No technical wizardry is required, and the Kano Book — a step-by-step storybook — is provided to help guide you. Its easy-to-use visual coding environment helps anyone make and play with it.

The kit provides a friendly, engaging introduction to various programming languages including Python, Javascript, and Unix. Kids can learn Python through “Kano Blocks” by making Minecraft and Pong, and can dive into the world of Linux by going on a Terminal Quest and by making Snake. Includes over 150 hours of Kano Coding Challenges! “Don’t just play games, change the rules.” 

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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.

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Google AIY Vision Full Kit – Includes Pi Zero : Google AIY Projects brings do-it-yourself artificial intelligence to your maker projects. The Google AIY Vision Kit lets you build an image recognition device that can see and identify objects, powered by TensorFlow’s machine learning models.

The kit includes all of the components needed to assemble the basic kit that works with the Google Assistant SDK as well as on-device image & vision recognition with TensorFlow using the Intel Movidius Myriad Vision Processing Unit (VPU) hardware assist.

Assembling the kit should take about one hour. This no-soldering-required, complete AIY kit is an awesome Pi Zero-powered project!

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