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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s That Time Again, Avoid The Socks & Underwear This Year!

Yes… it’s that time of year again. Time to look at your holiday lists and see who’s been good or bad. There is nothing better this holiday season than to give the gift of robotics. A robot would surly bring a smile to anyone’s face on your list. Whether your list includes a beginner or an advanced we are bringing you the hottest products on the market for the 2014 holiday season!

RobotisLogoROBOTIS

www.robotis.com

ROBOTIS MINI

7_ROBOTIS-DARWIN-MINI_image01ROBOTIS MINI is a low-cost programmable humanoid robot with an open source embedded board [OpenCM9.04 Type C], equipped with a semi-permanent li-ion battery and Dynamixel XL-320 (16DOF). The robot can be controlled via smart device using the button, gesture, voice, and messenger from the robot application. Price: $499.00

legomindstormsev3logoLego Education

www.legoeducation.us/mindstorms

LEGO®

MINDSTORMS® EV3

Education Core Set

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Incl. Software Site License & Design Engineering Projects Curriculum Pkg.

z10_LEGO-MINDSTORMS-OnlineThis core set is optimized for classroom use and contains all you need to teach using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3. It enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology. This powerful, easy-to-learn, easy-to-use software for programming and data logging is based on National Instruments LabVIEW™, the industry-leading graphical system design software used by scientists and engineers worldwide. The EV3 Software follows the very latest developments in intuitive software design, is optimized for classroom use, and is very student friendly. The LEGO® Education Design Engineering Projects, for use with the EV3 set, is a curriculum package with 30 hours of classroom instruction and open-ended, problem-solving activities that make learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through real-life robotics engaging and fun for students. Price: For a classroom set that serves 24 students and includes the software site license is $4,366.95.

To add the Design Engineering Projects curriculum package, it is an additional $299.95.

MindstormsEV3_305x40_LogoLego Systems, Inc.

shop.lego.com

z11_LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 TRACK3RLEGO®

MINDSTORMS® EV3

The EV3 combines the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology LEGO has 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! Price: $349.99

polabslogoPoLabs

www.poscope.com

PoScope Mega1+

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1_mega1+The PoScope Mega 1+ is the smallest USB oscilloscope with a logic analyzer, signal generator and spectrum analyzer. It comes with PoScope4 software (which includes free lifetime updates) which is a universal, full-featured multi-windowed oscilloscope, chart recorder, logic analyzer, and spectrum analyzer with advanced triggering. All this in one easy to use package. Plugin technology enables PoScope4 to be extremely modular and easy to use. Users can get more information about PoScope4 and Mega1 at www.poscope.com/PoScopeMega1. Price: 59.00 EUR

parallaxlogoParallax, Inc.

www.parallax.com

Sensor Sampler Pack

3_SensorSamplerPackNewThis Sensor Sampler Pack bundles together a wide variety of sensors (11 in all) at an attractive price; ideal for experimenting, inventing, or supplementing a digital electronics education program. The Kit includes: an Accelerometer, Temperature and Humidity Sensor, Pressure Sensor, Ultrasonic Distance Sensor, Infrared Proximity Sensor, Color Sensor, 3-Axis Accelerometer Module, Vibration Sensor, QTI Sensor — a close-proximity IR emitter/receiver, Light-to-Frequency Converter, Heart Rate Transmitter and Receiver. Price: $159.99

4_Scribbler2Robot-copyScribbler 2 (S2) Robot

The S2 Scribbler robot is suitable for a wide range of programming skills. The Scribbler arrives pre-programmed with eight demo modes, including light-seeking, object detection, object avoidance, line-following, and art. Place a Sharpie marker in the pen port and it will scribble as it drives. Next, use the Graphical User Interface (S2 GUI) tile-based programming tools, or modify the Propeller source code in our BASIClike Spin language. Through the use of third-party tools you can also program the S2 on a Mac or under Linux, in PropBASIC and C using PropGCC. Suitable for middle schoolers and up. Parallax USB to Serial (RS-232) Adapter with Cable is included. Price: $129.99

5_ActivityBotActivityBot Robot Kit

Learn real-world engineering skills with the friendly, capable, and peppy ActivityBot. It’s a great option for first-time robot-builders, as well as for an intro to technology and engineering courses in high schools and colleges. Stepby-step web tutorials take you through programming its multicore Propeller chip in C, wiring circuits on a breadboard, and building sensor systems so your robot can navigate on its own. Following the checkmarks gets you to the fun fast, with optional links for added learning. The ActivityBot is ready for tinkering with off-the-shelf components, additional sensors, and upgrade kits. The Activity Board sports a mini audio jack and a socket for an optional XBee RF module (not included).Price: $199.00

6_ELEV8ELEV-8 V2

Quadcopter Kit

ELEV-8 your skills with this extremely durable and stylish multirotor; great for fi rst-time fl yers and experienced aviators alike. You’ll be guided through every step of the assembly process with our exceptional online documentation and support. Easy to repair and opensource, the versatile ELEV-8 has endless potential applications: from recreational flying, to unparalleled, hands-on multirotor education, to professional aerial photography or video. The ELEV-8 Quadcopter is lifted and propelled by four rotors (vertically-oriented propellers). Electronic Speed Controllers power each motor/rotor independently, so that by altering the relative rotational rates of these rotors, the ELEV-8 is able to move in any direction. A Hoverfly OPEN Flight Controller powered by a Parallax Propeller 1 multicore microcontroller provides stabilization, creating a small, maneuverable, and agile aircraft. Designed to be modifi able and repairable; we also carry compatible ELEV-8 accessories and replacement parts. An RC transmitter & receiver and lithium-polymer battery & charger are required, not included. Price: $499.00

firgellilogoFirgelli Technologies

Incorporated

www.firgelli.com

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALinear Actuators

L12-EV3-100mm

L12-EV3-50mm

Lego Mindstorm®, EV3, Power Functions®, and Technic® compatible Linear Actuators. These linear actuators are self-contained units that include an electric motor and quadrature encoder. Lego®, EV3, NXT®, Mindstorms®, Technic® and Power Functions® are trademarks of The Lego Group. Price: $50.00 USD

Zurich International

www.extremeglaresunglasses.com

z12_KingZurich

Prescription Sunglasses

This unique offering—great glarecutting sunglasses would be a special gift for the roboticist who spends time outdoors with land, air or maritime robots. These are unique in our experience: the glare typically refl ected from plastic, Plexiglas or glass instrument shielding essentially disappears when you wear the glasses. Bollé “King” frames are shown here with gray Z|XG lenses. This “wrap around” design blocks wind, dust, bugs, and debris and offers great peripheral vision. The comfortable, quality frame is adjustable and is available with both prescription and nonprescription lenses. Zurich is the only vendor we are aware of offering wrap-around prescription sunglasses. For details please visit Extremeglaresunglasses.com. (800) 691-6467. Price: $145.00, Plus Prescription

sherlineLogo2Sherline Products, Inc.

www.sherline.com

CNC Mill #8540 with

#8730 4th Axis Rotary Table

8_#8540_CNC SystemMake just about any metal small part you can imagine in your own US-made 4-axis desktop CNC machine shop. The 8540 3-axis CNC mill comes with 4th axis software and a driver and connecting cable for the “A” axis rotary table. The mill offers travels of X=8.65”, Y= 5” and Z=6.25”. Longer tables and columns are optional. The package includes a tower computer with the Linux operating system and LinuxCNC g-code control program pre-installed and tested, 4-axis driver box, cables, keyboard, mouse, mill with drill chuck and adjustment keys for $2,525.00. The #8730 4th axis 4” rotary table with stepper motor adds $395.00 for a total of only $2,920.00. All you supply is a monitor and the g-code for your part. Price: $2,920.00

intelitek_web_logo_160Intelitek

www.intelitek.com

z13_IntelitekGive a school a STEM gift!

Exploring Robotics Curriculum

Are you a benefactor who donates to local school systems in the Holiday Season? STEM and Robotics education are now becoming full semester courses. Intelitek’s Exploring Robotics Curriculum offers two 9 week (45 hour) courses containing progressive builds based on the simple and fl exible VEX IQ kits and intuitive EasyC for Vex IQ programming software. These include an exciting end-of-week project, activity, or competition for middle school students. EasyC for IQ contains an easy-to-use interface allowing students to program pure C code with a click and drag. The graphical user interface easily maps motors and sensors. Complex program commands such as center turns and drive functions can be written with simple clicks in wizard like windows. EasyC for Vex IQ and the Exploring Robotics Curriculum excite and motivate learning by middle school students. Available January 1st, 2015. Price: 1-Seat License: $75; 10-Seat License: $250; 20-Seat License: $375; 30-Seat License: $495.00

pololulogoPololu

www.pololu.com

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Zumo Robot for Arduino, v1.2

(Assembled with 75:1 HP Motors)

9_ZumoThe Pololu Zumo robot is an Arduinocontrollable tracked robot platform that is less than 10 cm × 10 cm—small enough to qualify for Mini Sumo. It includes two micro metal gear motors coupled to a pair of silicone tracks, a stainless steel bulldozer-style blade, an array of six infrared refl ectance sensors for line following or edge detection, a buzzer for simple sounds and music, a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyro for detecting impacts and tracking orientation. Just add 4 AA batteries and an Arduino (or compatible controller) and you are ready to push! No soldering or assembly is required. Price: $99.95

mindsilogoMINDS-i

www.mindsirobotics.com

6×6 Super Rover Kit

z17_6x6-on-clearThe Ultimate Customizable Rover. Any roboteer who enjoys the outdoors would be thrilled to receive one of the MINDS-i 6×6 Rovers this Holiday Season! The 6×6 is known as the most rugged vehicle in the MINDS-i collection–an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) chassis is shown here–and note that both the forward and rear wheels turn–which offers a tight turning radius for maximal mobility. The options are limitless: as you purchase a confi guration for that special roboticist, you can explore add-on modules such as transmitters, micro-controllers, and a never-ending variety of sensors. Price: from $650.00 for the Super Rover Kit (including far more than the chassis shown; many options!)

robotshoplogoRobotshop

www.robotshop.com

Lynxmotion

Quadrino Nano

Drone/UAV Flight Controller (with GPS)

z14_lynxmotion-quadrino-nano-drone-uav-flight-controller_1The Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano was created as a collaboration between FlyingEinstein and the Lynxmotion team. (see press release) It was designed to be one of the smallest possible flight controllers on the market, The board includes many additional features normally found in much more expensive flight controllers. The Quadrino is the only MultiWii controller with the easy to use Firmware Confi g software eliminating the need for the Arduino Development Environment. This easy wizard-like application will lead you through the entire process while providing generous documentation on the available options and parameters. When that is completed, the tool will build and upload your custom fi rmware directly to your Quadrino board and install the MultiWiiConf confi g GUI for you. Expected Mid-Dec 2014.

z21_parrot-jumping-sumo_800pxParrot

Jumping Sumo Robot

Here is a gift that is just plain fun! The Parrot Jumping Sumo Robot rover rolls, rushes, zigzags, circles, spins and takes turns at 90° and, in a fl ash, jumps up to 80cm/2.5 feet into the air. It carries a wide angle camera that streams live airborne views on the piloting screen. Jumping Sumo generates its own WiFi (AC) that automatically connects to your smartphone or tablet as soon as you enter the free FreeFlight 3 application. This app enables you to perform acrobatic stunts, and is for iOS, Android, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones and tablets. Opt for stability (wheels unfolded) or speed (wheels folded). Equipped with a gyroscope and high speed processor, it always lands on its wheels! Price: $159.99

z20_ROBOTSHOP SERVO ERECTORSET_800pxLynxmotion

Servo Erector Set

The Lynxmotion Servo Erector Set (SES) is a professional grade modular building set for configuring servos into virtually any mechanical arrangement you can imagine. Build sophisticated custom robots exactly to your specifications! The aluminum brackets, made in the USA from high quality aluminum alloy, are also available in black anodized aluminum. Durable black Lexan parts are also available. Ball bearings at each degree of freedom provide for precise, low friction movement. Precision fi t tubing, hubs and hub connectors greatly expand what it is possible to custom build. An extraordinary robotics set for the serious hobbyist as well as researchers, teachers and professionals. Freely integrate third party sensors and products into the SES. Price: $999.99

z22_mini-dfrobotshop-roverDFRobotShop

Mini Rover Kit

This small, inexpensive tracked platform is a neat gift idea that permits Arduino based programming and fun with mobile robotics. A shield-compatible Arduino-based microcontroller (such as the Arduino Uno) must be purchased separately. The frame is durable laser-cut Lexan, and the drive system is the Tamiya Twin-Motor Gear Box with Tamiya Track and Wheel Set. The DFRobotShop Rover Shield is ideal for this platform. You can charge the included 3.7V battery via USB. A brushed DC motor controller provides control over speed and direction. Includes a universal IR receiver, XBee headers and analog pins for sensors. Price: $68.61

z35_Flowstone XmasGift_ORIG_ 542pxFlowstone

FlowPaw Software

Give FlowPaw Programming Software to your favorite Roboticist! Flowstone offers the flexibility of modular graphical programming as well as the option to create custom code using the RUBY programming language. Applications are created by linking functional blocks, and data flows between these as the application executes—with no need for compiling. A special version of Flowstone ideal for robotics is named FlowPaw, sold by Robotshop. It supports USB devices, I/O cards, webcams and audio hardware, and it includes 4 plugin modules: an accelerometer, 8×8 LED Display, an IR proximity sensor and a buzzer. For details, please visit www.robotshop.com and www.FlowPaw.com. Price: $159.00

BladeLogoBlade Helicopters

www.bladequad.com

Blade

350QX Multirotor

z26_BLADE 350QX _ IMG_5899Blade 350 QX2 AP RTF Combo with SAFE Technology. Any roboticist who likes things that fl y will fall in love with this gift. This remarkable all-in-one multirotor with still and video camera, in its second generation, features an improved GPS and compass system and robust radio link for high reliability. It can accommodate a 3000mAh battery for extended flights, and it delivers multiple flight modes, including SMART (won’t get too close to the pilot), STABILITY (conservative flight envelope), AGILITY (aerobatics) and AP (optimized for aerial photography). One of its hallmarks, SAFE™ technology, enables the vehicle to slowly circle and return to its take off area with the fl ip of a switch, or if signal should be lost. GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ anti-vibration camera mount included.Price: $499.99

PitscoLogoPitsco Education

www.pitsco.com

www.textrixrobotics.com

z15_icg_40384_TETRIX_startsetntrayTETRIX PRIME

Starter Set

To dive into this robot building system that uses quick rivets, four-sided aluminum beams, sturdy acetal gears, and more, look no further than this package. This Starter Set includes what you need to build robots, including any of the three hero models with step-by-step instructions: TETRIX PRIME aluminum and plastic pieces including structural elements, connectors, hubs, brackets, wheels, and gears; Game pad-style, four-channel wireless controller for easy operation of the motors and servos; Rechargeable battery pack and charger. The system also features 2 standard servos and 2 continuous rotation servos, 4-in-1 tool and hex nut driver, storage bin, balls and cup for robot course, and a detailed and graphical builder’s guide (92 pages). The game pad controller requires 4 AA batteries, sold separately (the rechargeable 5-cell battery pack powers the robot). The set is a collection of robot construction parts with unlimited design possibilities. Three bots, built in succession from the same parts, are tutorials on learning the construction system. Price: $329.00

RTLLogoRTL Fasteners

www.rtlfasteners.com

Master Builder &

z16_New%20MasterComplete Metric

Assortments

(#5000 & #992)

RTL Fasteners specializes in a great variety of nuts, bolts, wingnuts and other fastener types for discerning roboticists, RC pilots and other hobbyists. Here you will find great prices at appropriate quantities for you shop and fast shipping. RTL has over a decade of providing excellent service to the RC community. RTL Check out the super popular Master Builder Assortment #5000 and the Complete Metric Assortment #992. Satisfaction guaranteed. A special anniversary sale is going on as we go to press! Purchase the Metric Assortment 992 and receive the Master Builder Assortment #5000 FREE! Just put both assortments in your basket and at step 2 of checkout enter code RCT22, and the Master #5000 will be deducted from your total. This is a great Holiday value. Price: $175.95

header_robotpowrRobot Power

www.robotpower.com

z19_Hydra-isoHydra

Speed Controller

Does your roboticist friend run ant and beetle weight combat robots, R2D2 replicas, small sumo robots or Trinity Firefighting robots? How about maze solvers or simple carpet rovers? The Robot Power Hydra is a small, low-cost, high-performance triple channel H-Bridge speed controller for diminutive bots. It can also be used to operate pneumatic valves, solenoids, relays and thermoelectric coolers. It packs the highest power handling capability and control fl exibility into the smallest practical package. A BEC circuit provides up to 100mA of current at 5V to the receiver or other onboard electronic circuits. Price: $49.99

z18_Vyper-1.3-isoVyper

Single Channel

Motor Controller

The Robot Power Vyper is a fl exible high-performance one-channel motor controller ideal for the roboticist operating medium to large mobile robots weighing up to as much as 500+ pounds, and using a pot or other analog voltage control. Perfect for large combat machines, theater props that require significant power, large sumo robots, as well as grounds inspection vehicles and other large scale applications. Provides up to 120A of continuous current (>250A peak). 3.125” x 2.875” x 1.375”, 6.5 oz (185g) without wires. Price: $199.99

aquabotlogoAquabot

www.aquabot.com

Aquabot

z27_Acquabot FINAL_FORPRINT_ JPGDoes friend or family on your Holiday gift list own a pool up to 20’ x 50’ in size? The “turbo” Acquabot has the same great features as the original pool cleaning robot, but it is faster and will clean a larger pool. It automatically turns itself off after a 7-hour cleaning cycle and filters up to 4,200 gallons per hour and will clean a pool in 4 hours or less. The Aquabot Turbo comes complete with the head, 60-feet of floating cord and transformer. Weight: 18lbs. Backed by a 1-Year Warranty. (Extended warranty available, free shipping as we go to press). Price: $859.99

IFILogoInnovation First International (IFI)

www.innovationfirst.com

VexLogoVex Robotics

www.vexrobotics.com

HexbugLogoHexbug

www.hexbug.com

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Giant Vex Hexbug

Ant

z23_Hexbug1Build, Drive and Program a Giant Robot Ant! The recipient of this gift will be learning science and math while having a lot of fun! VEX Robotics by HEXBUG encourages STEM learning through hands-on play as you construct your very own jumbo-sized robot and customize its programming! The Ant kit includes over 150 snap together pieces and a centralized brain to bring it to life. Drive the robot manually with a remote control, or choose autonomous drive mode and watch the Ant scurry around all by itself, mimicking real-life movement. This kit is cross-compatible with other VEX Robotics kits. Ages 8+. Price: $49.99

Giant Vex Hexbug

Strandbeast

strandbeastProgrammable Robot Walks like an Animal! One of the coolest mobile robots is the Strandbeast, originally a wind-powered machine that wandered beaches in Holland, designed by Dutch inventor Theo Jansen. Give a jumbo HEXBUG Strandbeast to a lucky friend or family member this Holiday Season! VEX Robotics by HEXBUG encourages STEM learning through hands-on play as you construct your very own jumbo-sized Strandbeast and customize its programming! The Strandbeast kit includes over 400 snap together pieces and a centralized brain to bring it to life. Drive the robot manually with a remote control, or choose autonomous drive mode and watch the Strandbeast scurry around all by itself, mimicking real-life movement. Cross-compatible with other VEX Robotics kits. Price: $89.95

z25_VexIQSuperKitVex IQ Super Kit

The Super Kit is an all-encompassing introduction to STEM and robotics. Students can use the familiar handheld Controller to drive robots right out of the box or program them to run autonomously using the additional Smart Sensors. While the included Clawbot IQ instructions help students easily build their fi rst robot, the intuitive snap-together parts mean the sky is the limit for their VEX IQ creations.

•Over 850 Structural & Motion Components

•4 Smart Motors, 7 Sensors, Robot Brain, Controller & Batteries Included

•Storage Bin & Tray included for organized storage of all parts

Price: $299.99

cubicitylogoCubicity

www.cubicity.com/giftset

3D Printing Gift Set

z28_CubicityCubicity offers a gift set specially priced for the holiday season in our online shop at a discounted price of $79.00 for the set: Voltivo ExcelFil™ is a high grade, high density 3D printing fi lament available in both PLA and ABS that is perfectly suited to and tested with a wide range of 3D printers. It allows for easy extrusion due to its tight laser controlled tolerance, smooth fl ow over a broad temperature range, rapid cooling and a high tensile strength. It comes in a large range of colors and in two diameters that fi t most available printers. Cubicity ships ExcelFil™ on sturdy recyclable spools, vacuum sealed with a desiccant bag to ensure it arrives moisture free. The Voltivo 3D Model Digital Caliper is an essential tool for every 3D printing enthusiast. You can create dimensionally accurate models and prototypes from existing objects or measure your pre-printed models for accuracy. Voltivo’s digital caliper can also assist you with convenient and accurate initial calibration of your 3D printer. Allows measuring even the thinnest layer sizes. Large 5-digit LCD display enables readings with ultimate accuracy across the caliper’s full measurement range. The Voltivo anti-static fi lament cleaner wipes lint, dust, or other dirt before the filament enters your printer’s valuable extruder and nozzle. As most fi laments are made from plastics, they are often statically charged and attract all sorts of debris from your fi lament storage or work space. The use of the Voltivo Filament Cleaner Block will prevent your nozzle from being blocked by a buildup of debris and extend your nozzle’s and hot-end’s useful life. Price: $79.99

CastleLogoCastle Creations

www.castlecreations.com

Talon

Motor Controller

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The Talon is a high voltage motor controller with a built in BEC (battery eliminator circuit) suited to high power applications. It has a 20A peak BEC with a selectable 6V or 8V output voltage. With a voltage input range from 3S to 12S LiPo and a 120A continuous amperage capability, it is perfect for larger multirotor, helicopter and fixed wing aerial applications, and it’s a great match for rovers and maritime robots. Price: $235.00 (coupon for free Castle Link USB adapter and software included; optional 40mm cooling fan for enclosed areas: $12.99)

z31_CC BEC ProCC BEC Pro

Battery Eliminator

Circuit

This nifty product allows the hobbyist to power radio system receivers and servos directly from batteries that power the drive motor in a robot. The unit takes input voltage of up to 25 volts (e.g., from a 6S LiPo pack) and steps it down to a user-selectable voltage between 4.8 and 9 volts; voltage can be selected in 1/10 volt increments. Price: $44.95

ServoCitylogoServo City

www.servocity.com

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Mobile Robot Kit

The ActoBitty 2 Wheel Drive Robot Kit Includes all the mechanical parts and motors needed to build a great little robot. The aluminum chassis accepts all Actobotic parts for easy customization. “Snap on” Arduino mounts make it easy to attach an Arduino Uno or Arduino Mega board. The 2” diameter drive wheels with aluminum hubs and rubber lips provide great traction. An Acetal plate allows custom mounting of a variety sensors. The 2 included hex keys are all that’s needed for easy assembly. A 4AA battery tray comes with the kit (batteries and pictured electronics not included). Optional Delrin snap mounts are available for the Raspberry Pi. Price: $27.99 (snap mount, $1.89 a set)

z33_SERVO CITY Parallel Gripper Kit 76kb _600pxParallel Gripper Kit

(Standard Size Servos)

The Parallel Gripper Kit A is a simple, durable, and versatile kit that uses standard size Hitec or Futaba servos (sold separately); every hobbyist needs grippers for robot arms, and this is sure to put a smile on the lucky recipient’s face! The grippers move towards one another in a parallel motion, and have a maximum width of 2.80”. The 0.770” hub pattern on the back plate and the 1.0607” hole spacing on the grippers makes it simple to attach nearly any Actobotics component to the assembled kit. Easy assembly requires only a Phillips Head Screwdriver, and an assembly video shows you how. Price: $14.99

spheromarklogoOrbotix

www.gosphero.com

Ollie

z34_graphic render ollieMeet Ollie – the app-controlled robot driven by adrenaline. Launch over the competition at floor-warping speeds. Spin, drift, and flip with app-powered tricks. Then switch up your ride with custom tires and hubcaps. Ollie is engineered for speed, programmed for tricks, and customized by you. Take connected play to the next level with innovative controls and integrated game play. Build your own courses and jumps, master your skills, then create custom trick combinations to share with friends. Ride outside and own the streets with Nubby Tires or head indoors and hit the floors to drift like a pro. Ollie is totally programmable and pairs instantly to your smart device via Bluetooth LE and is powered by USB charging. Protected by a durable polycarbonate shell and outfitted with glowing LED’s, Ollie is ready to take on any terrain day or night. It’s time to upgrade your play. Price: Starting at $99.99

probotixlogoProbotix

www.probotix.com

z37_comet1Fireball Comet

CNC Router

Starting at just $3299, the Comet is the most affordable fully assembled precision CNC router in the world! The FireBall Comet is high performance, general purpose machine tool positioner, suitable for many uses such as guitar building, clock making, plaques, signs, RC aircraft parts and more! Fully assembled with pre-installed home/limit switches, spindle control relay, cable chain, and carriage mounted spindle power jack, no other machine on the market comes close to being this complete, and ready-to-run. Price: $3,299.00

z36_Probotix3DPrinterVision Plus

3D Printer

A perfect gift for the Star Wars nerd in everyone. With the 12”x9”x9” work envelope, the PROBOTIX Vision Plus 3D printer is ideal for creating props and costume elements. A must for collectors, conventions, and Live-Action Role Playing. A universal irritation with 3D printers is keeping the first layer flat, most printers with or without a heat bed have this issue that wastes valuable time and material. The Vision Plus has a unique firm, center supported heat bed for stable and precision 3D printing. It’s the only 3D printer on the market sized to do license plate frames, at a fraction of the benchmark cost. Not only is it easy to operate, you can make plastic toys for the kids – virtually anything you can dream up. Many satisfied customers have tested these printers with thousands of hours printing, and being completely open source you have the flexibility of using any software. *Nozzle and Filament Changeover Kits Available. Price: $1,950.00

AmSciAndSurpLogoAmerican Science & Surplus

www.sciplus.com

94075When traditional gifts don’t fill the bill, head to American Science & Surplus for the quirky, the quaint and the quintessential! Side by side with microscopes, telescopes and geodes (hence the “Science”) you’ll find a miniature desktop drum set, Chinese rifflers (look it up), the ever-popular Screaming Monkey and the irresistibly giddy Inflatable Punching Clown. Browse through our magnets, magnifiers, rubber snakes and more. The eclectic selection includes at least one must-have gift for every science teacher, home-schooler, hobbyist, crafter, handyman, and curious kid who walks through the door. Established “about 1937,” it’s a bizarre bazaar that’s not to be missed! Price: Based on item

GlobalSpecLogoGlobal Specialties

www.globalspecialties.com

R700 Vector

Robotic Arm

r700VectorThe robot comes with many example programs already written. Easily download them to the ATMEGA64 microcontroller using the supplied USB interface and the RobotLoader software. Or write your own custom programs using the free open-source WinAVR software. Control the robot using the included keyboard or RACS software. Using the software you can record the movements of the Vector and play them back. The I/Os (in and outputs), together with the flexible I2C bus system, allow the addition of extra modules such as wireless control. Price: $395.00

RP6V2-C

Autonomous Robotic Vehicle Kit

1-RP6V2-C_group_72dpiThe new RP6V2 Robot Kit comes with with an RC5 remote and battery charger. The RP6V2-C is an economical autonomous mobile robot system which provides an introduction to the fascinating world of robotics. It is designed for beginners as well as experienced electronics and software developers. Programmable in C, the RP6V2-C has many possibilities for expansion as your programming skills grow. The RP6V2-C is ideal for educational curriculum at universities, trade schools, high schools and of course hobby users. With an extensive manual, lots of example programs, and a huge C function library, programming is easy and you can instantly start experimenting with your robot. Price: $269.00

LCR-58

Tweezer LCR Meter with ESR

LCR-58_group_72dpiThis is the LCR-58, a highly versatile, economically-priced, digital Tweezer LCR Meter. Small enough for one-hand operation, it is perfect for use on surface mount devices (SMD). It features ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance), a display of 6000 counts, 2 times-per-second sampling, automatic polarity with negative indication (-), battery status, and over-range indication. The LCR-58 can measure inductance, capacitance and resistance, with a basic accuracy of 1% – 3% depending on the range. It also has a diode test function, and DC Resistance (DCR). This LCR tweezer is really easy to carry and use due to its size and weight. The LCR-58 uses two CR2032 batteries that will last approximately 50 hours and is accessible from the back cover. Listed Price: $99.00

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