If you’re one of those people who thought they wasted their summer away on nonsensical things, don’t fret. We have something that’ll keep your hands busy and get those creative juices flowing.
Whether you have any interest in robotics or not, you’ll find these 3D Printers, Raspberry Pi kits, and Arduino kits a good use of your time.
Take your pick from these 15 options, all of which are on sale now:
Build whatever you want with this printer that is capable of printing in two materials at once. It lets you create new and innovative parts which a single material printer can’t do. Armed with various handy features like a simple, three-step workflow, automatic head recognition, auto-leveling, and a future upgrade-compatible interface, you can build just about anything with ease. Get it on sale for $449.99 — a 69% discount off the usual $1,499.
Dip your toes into the world of robotics with this kit that will have you assembling a robot arm. With the open-source MCU Arduino UNO and servo expansion board, you’ll get to not only build the arm but also control its four axes by the potentiometer buttons and make them move via your computer. You can even make it memorize movements so it can prove to be useful for repeated tasks. Normally $69.99, you can get it on sale for $54.99.
Always on the go? You can still indulge in robotics with this kit that you can tote around anywhere and everywhere. It comes equipped with a motor, receiver, buttons, and a collection of DIY components to build a wide range of projects. It has a built-in touchscreen and camera to double as a full-on mini-computer, and a slew of tutorials to help you get started. You can get your hands on one now for $220 — 7% off the usual $239.
Featured on Shark Tank, this user-friendly 3D printer lets you design and print your very own toys. It does away with complex controls and features one-touch functionality to help you build things faster. With this kit, you get eight colors of non-toxic, biodegradable printer food, which is good for making 100-300 toys. Plus, it comes with a companion app that lets you explore the massive toy catalog to get inspiration for your next creation. Snag it on sale for $314.99 — 32% off the usual $469.
Why blow hundreds on drones when you can build your own? With this kit, you can construct your own quadcopter that has a 6-axis gyro, auto-stabilization, and 360-degree stunt flip capabilities. Not only will you get to have fun while building your own machine, but you’ll also learn aerodynamics, weight distribution, and other physics subjects. Typically $49.99, you can get your hands on one now for only $39.99.
Immerse yourself in robotics with this simple and easy-to-assemble kit. It includes a SunFounder Nano board which you can easily turn into Sloth, a robot with two legs that you can program to walk, kick, or even dance. Requiring no prior knowledge with programming, this kit enables any DIY-er to learn how to code faster and get creative with a robot. It usually retails for $59.99, but you can get it on sale for $46.99.
Not fond of cars and drones? This kit will have you building a bionic lizard with the easy-to-follow assembly instructions and visual programming language software. Once you’ve assembled your lizard, you can then program it to walk, as well as change gestures and directions with the included remote control. Grab the kit for $54.99 — 16% off the usual $65.99.
Featuring a Raspberry Pi 3B+, LCD touchscreen, WiFi adapter, and a cascade of other components, this starter kit has everything you need to build a compact yet fun device that can surf the web. It even includes a WiFi adapter so you can immediately start browsing upon completion of the project. Get it now for $108.
Have plants at home? This Arduino kit can easily be transformed into an automatic plant watering machine to keep your plants hydrated and healthy. From pump to soil moisture sensors to water switch, it has everything you need to build a contraption that can monitor your plants’ moisture levels and deliver the perfect amount of water to up to four plants at a time. Snag it now for only $69.
Assemble your own collection of cool gadgets with this kit that will have you building everything from laser pointers to rainbow lights to moisture sensors. It comes with the NodeMCU platform, along with 19 detailed beginner-friendly lessons that will instruct you on how to create different tools. You can get it now for $89.
Ideal for anyone with a penchant for STEM projects, this Raspberry Pi starter kit nets you a Sensor Kit that features 37 modules and instructions for 35 products so you can tinker away and build projects like auto-flash LEDs, rain detectors, and tracking sensors. Schematic diagrams are included in each module to help you understand what you’re doing, and the visual programming language makes coding faster and smarter. Grab it for only $129.99 — 13% off the usual cost of $149.99.
Ever wanted to build your very own mini automobile? This Raspberry Pi package comes equipped with the PiCar-S, an open-source robot learning kit. It includes Python code that’ll let you get the car up and running, along with sensor modules like ultrasonic obstacle avoidance, light follower, and line follower, which would help in giving you a deeper understanding of how to retool the car’s controls. Typically $159.99, it’s now on sale for $149.99.
This ultimate Raspberry Pi kit features a brand new Raspberry Pi 3B+, a sensor kit, and a variety of content modules to help you make the most out of your board. You’ll explore things like building voice-automated projects, developing an Amazon Echo clone, putting together simple circuits, and tons more. A value of $448.98, you can get it on sale for $139.99 — a savings of 68%.
The small but terrible VoCore2 may be tinier than a coin, but its capabilities are limitless. It’s an open-source Linux computer and fully functional wireless router that you can transform into a slew of gadgets. You may use it as a VPN gateway to secure your network, an airplay music streaming station, a personal cloud server, or even a home security camera. Normally $50, it’s on sale for a limited time for only $42.99.
And lastly, theres this Arduino starter kit, which comes with the famed Uno R3 board, along with six expert courses so you can build your own games, electronics, and more. With the help of the lessons, you’ll learn how to craft cool projects like LDR sensors, buzzers, online weather stations, app-controlled cars, and so much more. Usually, on sale for $109.99, the price is further marked down to $89.99.