Make: Holiday Gift Guide 2009: Blinky Blinky

Make: Holiday Gift Guide 2009: Blinky Blinky


What’s better for a holiday gift then LEDs? More LEDs! Trick out your festivities with these blinky kits!


MiniPOV Kit ($18)
The canonical LED project, this persistence of vision (POV) kit spells out a message when you shake it. Perfect for someone learning to solder, the kit includes everything you need to build and display your own messages on a screen that you have to shake to see.


Peggy 2 LED Display Kit ($100, LEDs extra)
An updated version of the original Peggy, this board should provide all of the LED action that one can handle. Solder up to 625 LEDs into the circuit board, program in some animations, and you’ve got a re-usable holiday decoration or radiant gift!


LilyPad Deluxe Kit ($157)
Give that special someone a jump start on lighting up their clothing with this deluxe LilyPad kit. This contains everything that one needs to do some advanced soft circuit work, including a LilyPad microcontroller board, array of sensors and LEDs.


LED Sewing Kit ($15)
The bare essentials that one needs to add some light to a garment. Give it as a gift to the crafter in your life, or use it to customize a special present.


Deluxe LED Menorah Kit ($14)
Count the days of Hanukkah with this stylish Menorah kit. Pre-programmed to fade between days at the touch of a button, it can be used as-is or hacked to do whatever you can dream of!


Brain Machine Kit ($35)
Perfect for those who prefer a private light show, this brain machine is perfect for the aspiring mind hacker. It produces sound and light pulses at brain wave frequencies, helping you to relax, meditate, or enter whatever state of consciousness the machine is programmed for.


EL Wire Kit ($57 with 9V battery adapter)
A fun material to work with, your favorite crafter will enjoy lighting up their next project with this electroluminescent wire kit. Comes in your choice of color.


Open Heart Kit ($18, Arduino sold separately)
Share some love this holiday season with the Open Heart Kit. Each of the 27 LEDs can be addressed individually, so program one up with a special pattern, or give as-is to the circuit builder in your life. Arduino microcontroller sold separately.


In the Maker Shed:


Want more? Stop by the Maker Shed. We’ve got all sorts of great holiday gift ideas, Arduino & Arduino accessories, electronic kits, science kits, smart stuff for kids, back issues of MAKE & CRAFT, box sets, books, robots, kits from Japan and more.

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