Saturday, January 18, 2014

Raspberry Pi Electronics Starter Kit

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 linda@monkmakes.com.

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
  • 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.

Anyway, please take a look at our store and let us know what else you would like to see us selling.

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Unknown said...

Hi. Just found this page... great stuff. I will have a detailed look to hopefully purchase..

Thanks. Hamilton (Chester UK)

Unknown said...

Just what I've been looking for - but your checkout process won't let me ship to New Zealand?

Simon Monk said...

Hi Greg. We will get that fixed and drop you a line tomorrow.

MalusLupus said...

What a brilliant idea! I'm heading over to have a look now

Are there any recipes or plans to show how to use node.js with what I imagine is serial port I/O not sure if its possible but would love to try it out and use my new Pi as a driver for some ideas I've had


Simon Monk said...

Hi MalusLupus. Serial comms certainly possible in Python on the Pi. I have examples in my Raspberry Pi Cookbook. I have not used node.js on the Pi but I have used it plenty on the BeagleBone and have to say its pretty impressive. It is available for the Pi, so if you give it a go, it would be good to hear how you get on.


MalusLupus said...

Hi Simon,

thanks for the head's up; yeah node.js is pretty awesome, I'm coming from a C# background so the Pi is very new on all levels!

I'll have a play around, but I've got several clinic reports and an A&P report to hand into UNI first ;)