One of the most frequently asked questions of me is 'where can I buy the parts for X' where X is one of the project in my books.
In an attempt to remedy this situation, my partner Linda and I have started on little on-line store (monkmakes.com) to make and sell things related to by books. That will include the books themselves, signed by the author if you wish (this is very good for my ego) but also kits of parts.
The web store is based in the UK, but we have no problems with shipping world-wide. Its very early days and we are still finding our way. So if you have any suggestions on what else we should sell, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first product is an electronics starter kit for the Raspberry Pi.
This is breadboard-based and although it has the parts needed to build Recipes 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.9, 9.12, 11.1, 11.2, 12.2 in my Raspberry Pi cookbook, it also includes 10 project cards that give you the breadboard layouts for ten projects:
- Make an LED blink
- Make 2 LEDs blink
- RGB Colour Display
- Thermometer Plus
- Reaction Timer
- Light Meter
- Light Harp
- Proximity Detector
- Email Notifier
The projects are also accompanied by a download of Python programs to support the projects and provide user interfaces.
The kit includes the following components:
- 470Ω resistor
- 1kΩ resistor (1)
- 4.7MΩ resistor (1)
- Red LED (2)
- RGB LED (1)
- Switch (2)
- 330NF capacitor (1)
- thermistor (1)
- photoresistor (1)
- buzzer (1)
- raspberry leaf (1)
- breadboard (1)
- male to male jumper leads (10)
- male to female jumper leads (10)
- 10 easy to use instruction cards
The Raspberry leaf (which we also sell separately) is a nicely printed template that has holes where the GPIO pins fit, making it easier to know which pin is which. I originally blogged about this back in February last year and it was a huge hit. You can of course just download and print the PDFs, but if you want something ready made, then we sell them ready made.