The festival of love and gifts is just around the corner. But what do you give your “favorite engineer”? And what will he treat himself to? We have a few recommendations.
Engineers and other high-tech fans usually have an “electronic” opinion when it comes to gifts. The following selection should make it easier for you to find something appropriate.
kabibo mini robot
The mini robot with the giant eyes will leave children and the young at heart wide-eyed. The sensor-controlled robot kit with a variable control switch for plugging is a playful way to get started in electronics and robotics. Assembled by sticking just a few parts together, the robotic buddy can avoid obstacles, follow lines on the floor and recognize borders. He flees when being pursued and follows light sources. You can experiment with eight functions and behavior patterns and even develop control circuits.
Price: ca. $31.00
It looks like Lego and works with Lego, but it conceals all kinds of sensors, LEDs, motors, batteries and Bluetooth. Israeli startup Brixo has a Kickstarter project that uses a series of building blocks to ensure that you don’t outgrow the building block age too quickly. Unlike conventional Lego building blocks, some Brixo blocks are covered with thin chrome plating to conduct electricity. And the blocks can be controlled remotely from a smartphone. According to Brixo, the kits should be available by October 2016. But if they don’t make it in time, you can always put them on your wish list for the Easter Bunny this spring.
Price: The available kits range from a Starter Kit with 36 blocks for about $35.00 to the complete set of 40 kits for about $1280.00.
The so-called smallest microscope in the world is also the result of a Kickstarter project. Placed over a smartphone’s camera, NURUGO Micro transforms it into an amazing 400x microscope. It uses the smartphone’s LED for lighting, so it does not need batteries or wires. Everything that appears on screen can also be photographed or recorded on video. Magnification does not depend on the smartphone or Galaxy model. The “Nurugo Box” app for iPhone and Android is available free of charge.
Draw your own electronics
There is no shortage of reports about printed electronics and conductive inks. Now anyone who wants to draw their own functional electronic circuits on paper can do so using Circuit Scribe kits from Electroninks. Simply position the component on a sheet of paper with the contact facing down and draw the conductor tracks with the ink pen. A number of kits are available that include LEDs, circuits, transistors, resistors and expert modules for advanced users to expand the kits. Electroninks was founded by researchers at the University of Illinois and financed via Kickstarter.
Farewell to cold coffee
If there is anything that everyone should have at the office or workshop, it’s their own coffee cup. Naturally, there are no limits when it come design. This heated retro mug that looks like an Italian coffee machine and features an analog thermometer could be an absolute eye-catcher in any surroundings. Thanks to the cigarette lighter power supply, you can also enjoy your favorite beverage at just the right temperature while you are on the go.
Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects
Finally, a book on a subject that is extremely topical. Right now, you can print practically any 3D object – from toys to gadgets to replacement parts, and beyond! All you need is a 3D printer…and they’re simpler and cheaper than you ever imagined. This full-color, step-by-step guide will get you started–and if you want, it’ll even walk you through building your own 3D printer from an inexpensive kit.
Author: James Floyd Kelly
Price: $14.56 (Kindle), $18.49 (Paperback)
Source: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects
I hope you found something for you or your favorite engineer. In any event, I wish everyone the happiest of holidays and a happy new year.