Deck the halls with Raspberry Pi and robots!

4th December 2018
Mick Elliott

Those tasked with finding a gift for the hardest to shop for engineer this holiday season are being helped out by Premier Farnell. The distributor has handpicked gifts for engineers of all ages and abilities, from those with decades of experience to those just starting out.

“Picking out the right gift for the engineer on your list need not be a stressful time,” says Ankur Tomar, Technical Marketing Manager at Premier Farnell.  “Premier Farnell aims to simplify the gift-giving process by making it easy for shoppers to delight engineers, develop their skills, and turn their ideas into reality. Whether you’re shopping for a gadget collector, budding engineer, hobbyist, or professional, Premier Farnell is one-stop-shop for finding something they’re sure to love.”

So let’s start with the young engineers.

The CODEBUG development board is a fun, engaging entry-level introduction to the world of coding, physical computing and electronics that’s shaped like a ladybug.

Or try the micro:bit wear:it development kit. Youthful engineers can build it, code it and wear it! The kit includes everything needed to power a wearable technology project. The versatile micro:bit enclosure is designed for mobile applications and can be used with a wrist strap, keyring or lanyard.

MARTY the Robot is a fully programmable, Wi-Fi enabled robot who can walk, turn, dance and react to his environment. This educational kit is great for kids, makers and educators.

For the maker, designer and engineer, Premier Farnell has selected well, what else, the excellent Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ starter kit. This is a complete kit including power supply, enclosure and SD card to get started developing with the latest Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi Desktop is a set of accessories to convert a Raspberry Pi into a functional desktop computer with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Real Time Clock, Camera and SSD. The new Pi Desktop displays to an HDMI interface for an authentic PC experience.

As an accessory the Creality CR-10S 3D printer is a low cost solution to 3D printing for any maker or hobbyist.

Up a step for those who seem to have it all

Maybe a Raspberry Pi Camera Board will stop the head scratching. This is an image sensor custom designed to add-on to the Raspberry Pi. It is perfect for any projects that require the capturing of images with Raspberry Pi.

Matrix Voice is an open-source voice recognition platform for the Raspberry Pi that provides developers with the opportunity to integrate custom voice & hardware-accelerated machine learning technology right onto the silicon.

Test and measurement types may like the Bitscope Oscilloscope and logic analyser, a full featured mixed signal oscilloscope, test and measurement system that is perfect for an experienced maker or engineer.

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