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December 11, 2013 AT 10:00 am

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Robotics

What’s more synonymous with the holiday season and winter cheer than cool robotics projects and accessories? I know what some of you might be thinking, “Errr…Well I can think of a few things..” But to those of who you have visions of servos and motors dancing in your head, this guide’s for you.


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1411 LRG

Adafruit 16-Channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Shield – I2C interface: You want to make a cool Arduino robot, maybe a hexapod walker, or maybe just a piece of art with a lot of moving parts. Or maybe you want to drive a lot of LEDs with precisePWM output. Then you realize that the Arduino has only a few PWM outputs, and maybe those outputs are conflicting with another shield! What now? You could give up OR you could just get our handy PWM and Servo driver shield. It’s just like our popular PWM/Servo Breakout but now Arduino-ready and works with any Arduino that uses shields: Uno, Leo, Mega, ADK, its all good. Read More


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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


1450 LRG

Analog Feedback Micro Servo – Metal Gear: It looks like a micro servo, it acts like a micro servo, but it’s more than just a micro servo! We got a factory to custom-make these quality metal-geared ‘micro’ sized hobby servos with a twist – the feedback (potentiometer wiper) line is brought out to a fourth white wire. You can read this wire with an analog input such as those on an Arduino, to get the servo’s position. That information can be used in robotics to improve stability or even allow ‘recording’ of servo motion. Read More


1512 LRG

Lock-style Solenoid – 12VDC: Solenoids are basically electromagnets: they are made of a big coil of copper wire with an armature (a slug of metal) in the middle. When the coil is energized, the slug is pulled into the center of the coil. This makes the solenoid able to pull from one end.

This solenoid in particular is nice and strong, and has a slug with a slanted cut and a good mounting bracket. It’s basically an electronic lock, designed for a basic cabinet or safe or door. Normally the lock is active so you can’t open the door because the solenoid slug is in the way. It does not use any power in this state. When 9-12VDC is applied, the slug pulls in so it doesn’t stick out anymore and the door can be opened. Read More


1449 LRG

Analog Feedback Micro Servo – Plastic Gear: It looks like a micro servo, it acts like a micro servo, but it’s more than just a micro servo! We got a factory to custom-make these classic ‘micro’ sized hobby servos with a twist – the feedback (potentiometer wiper) line is brought out to a fourth white wire. You can read this wire with an analog input such as those on an Arduino, to get the servo’s position. That information can be used in robotics to improve stability or even allow ‘recording’ of servo motion. Read More


1062teeth LRG

“3 Laws of Robotics” poster: This glossy poster featuring ADABOT and Asimov’s three laws of robotics measures 18 x 24 inches. Comes packed in a cardboard tube for shipping.

MADE IN THE USA!

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
– Isaac Asimov, Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D. Read More


1201 LRG

Vibrating Mini Motor Disc: *BZZZZZZZZZZ* Feel that? That’s your little buzzing motor, and for any haptic feedback project you’ll want to pick up a few of them. These vibe motors are tiny discs, completely sealed up so they’re easy to use and embed.

Two wires are used to control/power the vibe. Simply provide power from a battery or microcontroller pin (red is positive, blue is negative) and it will buzz away. Works from 2V up to 5V, higher voltages result in more current draw but also a stronger vibration. Read More


owi535_LRG

OWI Robotic Arm Edge – Robot arm – OWI-535: Riding the wings of the award winning Robotic Arm Trainer, OWI has made robotic arm technology more affordable without compromising quality. With Robotic Arm Edge, command the gripper to open and close, wrist motion of 120 degrees, an extensive elbow range of 300 degrees, base rotation of 270 degrees, base motion of 180 degrees, vertical reach of 15 inches, horizontal reach of 12.6 inches, and lifting capacity of 100g. This is a pretty complicated arm to build, but we’re happy with the quality and the arm. Many hackers and makers have used it with our Adafruit Motorshield. CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children. We only suggest this product for adults and/or kids with adult supervision. Read More


roboticsbadge_LRG

Robotics! – Skill badge, iron-on patch – Featuring Adabot!: You make robotics! BLEEP BLOOP! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting “badges” of achievement for electronics, science and engineering. We believe everyone should be able to be rewarded for learning a useful skill, a badge is just one of the many ways to show and share. Read More


robotsticker_MED

Robotics! – Sticker! Featuring Adabot: You make robotics! BLEEP BLOOP! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting stickers to celebrate achievement for electronics, science and engineering. We believe everyone should be able to be rewarded for learning a useful skill, a sticker is just one of the many ways to show and share.

This is the “I learned how to make robots!” badge for use with educators, classrooms, workshops, Maker Faires, TechShops, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces and around the world to reward beginners on their skill building journey!

Perfect for laptops or the workbench. Read More


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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3: Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we’ve ever developed, unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the step-by-step 3D building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface. Grab the enclosed remote control and take on challenging ready-made missions or download the free app and command your robot using your smart device. Want to share your own creations and be inspired by others? Logon to LEGO.com/mindstorms to access loads of cool content and interact with a huge online community of other LEGO MINDSTORMS fans. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot revolution has begun! via lego.com


Elenco follow me robot kit

Follow Me Robot Kit: This sound detecting robot kit is for ages 12 and up. Assembly is low-maintenance (no soldering, requires screw driver, pliers, cutters, and 4 AAA batteries). The bot resembles R2D2 and responds and moves towards your voice using the four internal microphones. We think it’s a fun, low-stress gift for someone new to the world of robotics! Read More


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Recycled Robots: 10 Robot Projects by Robert Malone: This book provides great, detailed robo-projects for parents and kids to work on together (or independently, for kids a bit older!). The instructions are clear, it comes with a battery powered motor and some wind-up walkers, and, best of all, most of the materials needed can be found around the house! Read More


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BrushBots via Maker Shed: This robotics kit from Make is as minimalist as it gets, yet intensely gratifying and fun. A small motor activates the bristles of the toothbrush head, turning them into a cluster of tiny little legs that shake and spin the bot. The kit comes with enough parts to make four bots. Read More


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Robot Sweater Earflap Hat: This winter hat is not only warm and stylish but it comes with two 3D antennae! What’s more awesome than that? Don’t get too excited, this hat probably won’t fit your adult sized head. It’s made to size newborns up to kids of five years. The microfleece lining is the perfect way to keep your young one’s head nice and toasty during the winter months. Plus, it’s probably one of the few hats out there that’s cool enough your kid won’t want to rip it off! Read More


SHIPPING DEADLINES

Here are your 2013 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 13, 2013 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 19, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 20, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 23, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 16, 2013. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 22, 2013. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/13.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

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