If you’re a regular Lifehacker reader, there’s a strong chance that you and many of your friends are on the “techy” side. With that in mind, here are six gift ideas that programmers and technology addicts will love tinkering with on Christmas morning.
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Pi Zero [$24.99]
The latest version of this popular DIY computing platform is roughly the same size as a stick of chewing gum. Packed inside the 65mm x 30mm board are a BCM2835 chip up-clocked to 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, a Micro-SD card slot, a Mini-HDMI port, an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO connector and Micro-USB for data/power. The possibilities presented by this tiny kit are practically endless: you can even slot one into an Xbox controller for on-demand game emulation.
In addition to the Pi Zero board, the kit includes one Mini HDMI to HDMI adapter and a Micro USB “On the Go” adapter. You might also want to consider the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, which can be purchased from Pi Australia for $59.
Teenage Engineering Rhythm Pocket Operators [$83.34]
There are three models to choose from — the PO-12 is for constructing beats, PO-14 is for bass lines and PO-16 is for melodies. Each have a sequencer and their own set of sounds and effects to tweak and they can also be synced together.
Philips Hue Starter Kit [$249]
The Philips Hue Starter Kit is a versatile lighting system that allows the user to minutely control the lights in their home via a tablet or smartphone. You can display various hues of white light for different moods, set alarms to adjust lighting over time and program lights to turn on or off when you’re away from home. The system allows up to 50 light bulbs to be connected at any one time.
The start kit includes three Hue Edison Screw light bulbs, a Hue bridge, power supply and LAN cable. You can get it from Kogan for $249.
Arduino Starter Kit [$49.95]
The KT003 Arduino UNO Starter Kit comes with a comprehensive range of components including a bread plate, remote control, buzzer components and myriad sensors/LED lights. It also comes with a Projects Book with instructions for 15 creations. You can get it from AusElectronicsDirect for $49.95.
Nexus 5X [from $659]
The Nexus 5X retails in Australia for $659 (16GB version.) You should be able to snap it up cheaper by hunting around online.
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset Kit [$19.95]
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset Kit can be Gadgets4Geeks for $19.95. There are a range of different sizes available for specific handset models — make sure you get the right one!