Looking to purchase a gift? Kits are a great gift--they can be built together with friends or family, and provide a feeling of accomplishment when they're done.
This gift guide highlights a few great options if you're overwhelmed by options.
We just released a series of products that combine LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT with Arduino. You can combine the sensors and motors and make your own creations, but using Arduino instead of the NXT brick.
The Blinky POV Kit is our simplest kit. When you're done, you have a series of LEDs that can paint messages in the air when you swing it around. The messages can be updated using a computer display. It requires through-hole soldering, so you'll need a soldering iron, solder, and a clippers to cut off component legs. It has been designed to be as easy as possible to assemble. We have sold thousands of these, and built hundreds in workshops, and just about everyone has a great time.
Already have a Blinky POV? Try the Blinky Grid! It's as easy to solder, but takes longer to assemble due to the number of LEDs. The messages scroll across the display so you don't need to wave it around. It's also reprogrammable using the computer display.
Surface mount technology (SMT) is the future. We have a guide on soldering SMT. We have our Blinky Grid and Blinky POV available in SMT kits. They're designed to be as easy as possible, and are a great introduction for someone who wants to try it out. We sell both the kits and tools at the Wayne and Layne Store.
Send us an email and let us know any details, and we can help you choose. We also sell gift certificates.
You can print or email them immediately. Instructions for redeeming the gift certificate come with it, but it basically gives you a special code you (or the person you're giving it to) can use during checkout.
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