Being creative and finding activities that can keep you mentally stimulated are excellent ways to beat the boredom that comes with being stuck at home. Small DIY projects cover both bases, and you don’t need to be especially tech-savvy to build something cool. These bundles and kits at the PopSci Shop should keep you occupied for a while, and they are currently at rock-bottom prices.
Perfect for complete beginners and kids, the PiCar-V kit helps you explore robotics, electronics, and programming. Following simple instructions, you construct a RC car with collision avoidance and live video streaming on board. You get all the hardware you need aside from a Raspberry Pi, along with the essential coding software. It’s normally $115, but you can grab the kit now for $104.95.
Sporting over 96 hours of content, this bundle provides the ultimate education in coding and electronics. The learning library contains nine courses and two e-book guides, showing you how to build multiple projects with the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other boards. Your instructor is an engineer with 13 years of teaching experience, so rest assured you’re in good hands. Worth $479.98, the bundle is now just $74.99.
What better way to spend a weekend than building your own open-source console? Based around the Arduino UNO, MAKERbuino helps you master the fundamentals of electronics, soldering, and programming. It even comes with a memory card that is pre-loaded with games. Previously seen on Forbes and the BBC, the kit is now $69.99.
This kit from CrowPi allows you to construct your own Raspberry Pi-powered laptop, complete with 7-inch touchscreen. You get a huge stack of components including sensors, accessories, and a Raspberry Pi 3B+ Board. The kit also provides step-by-step Python programming tutorials. You can grab this Kickstarter hit now for $349.99.
From smart switches to GPS trackers, this nine-course bundle shows you how to build and code your own connected devices. The video tutorials start from scratch, covering multiple projects for Raspberry Pi, Arduino, IBM Bluemix, and other platforms. It even covers Zigbee, the popular smart home standard. Worth $1,800, the training is currently $29.
Packed inside a hard carrying case, this CrowPi kit contains enough components to keep you busy for months. It includes a 7-inch HD touchscreen, a NFC card, an infrared remote controller, servers, motors, connectors, card readers, and much more. Usually priced at $239, this Kickstarter success story is now $220.99.
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