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Five last-minute gifts for open source fans

Dec 23, 2011, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"4. Hackable DIY Watch Kit: Keeping time is always an interesting pursuit, but now there's something especially fun from Adafruit. The Solder:Time DIY watch kit from SpikenzieLabs features a Dallas DS1337+ Real Time Clock (RTC) for super accuracy. Best of all? Programming and I2C pads are labeled, making the watch eminently hackable. Pricing is $29.95. Also available from Adafruit, incidentally, is the open source Monochron Clock Kit for $80. No end in sight to the time-keeping fun!

"5. Open Source Necklace: Last but not least is the iNecklace, featuring an open source LED pendant that's totally programmable. With a default pulse that's reverse-engineered from the Apple "breathing" LED pattern, proud owners of this beauty can modify it however they want because the source code, circuit board files, schematics, and CAD files are posted on GitHub. This one's available both from Adafruit and from the wizards at ThinkGeek for $75."

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