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Supercharge your projects:

The new Arduino compatible 32 bit ARM microcontrollers are many times faster than standard Arduino boards, but use the same friendly development environment. The 32 bit Arduino Due, $50, has 54 digital input/output pins and is lightening fast compared to the Uno.

The Teensy3, $19, is perfect for someone who wants 32 bit supercharged Arduino speed in a small package that can be programmed using the Arduino IDE.  The performance of the 32 bit controller enables applications such as sound and visual processing that are beyond the capabilities of standard 8 bit boards such as the Uno.

Michael Margolis

Author of the Arduino Cookbook and Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot


  1. If the Elev-8 quadcopter is too rich for your blood, check out the Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: Aerial Drones for a range of possibilities. http://blog.makezine.com/slideshow/aerial-drone-gift-guide/

    1. Michael Margolis says:

      Thanks Andrew. That budget tricopter looks like bags of fun for those that enjoy building from scratch. The link to the template does not work but the template can be found here: http://rcexplorer.se/projects/2010/03/the-tricopter-v1-and-v1-5/ (note that the tricopter in that link is based on the same template but uses different components).

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Arduino