One of my favorites episodes of the year is coming up with our lists of cool engineering toys...err...gifts out there for engineers of all ages. Here's a look at what James picked out for 2019. Support your favorite engineering podcast by clicking the links below and buying something! Even if it isn't one of these great items.
Snap Circuits Pro:
We might not love Electrical Engineers, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t understand how circuits work. Here’s a great way to get your kids started:
Wind Turbine Kit:
You know we love renewable energy! Create your own wind turbine with this slick kit.
Love robots? Love animals? Here is the perfect combination of each!
Slightly Older Engineers:
Arduino Starter Kit:
A favorite among makers and programmers alike, this Arduino kit will get you headed in the right direction with endless possibilities.
We did a whole episode on how to get the most out of your model rocket, and here's your chance to put the theory into practice.
Love to put together intricate puzzles? Or maybe just want someone to not talk endlessly (yes, that's why people give me these)? Hours of fun to be had here.
Really Old Engineers Need Toys Too:
Muama Enence Language Translator:
If you listen to the show, you know that I barely speak English. Just imagine me trying other languages! There's no need with this Muama Enence translator.
LED Mini Projector:
Need to travel for a big presentation, or just need to shut the kids up for a few hours? You're welcome.
da Vinci Clock:
You're old, and your office should reflect that. It doesn't get much older than designs inspired by one of our favorite inventors, da Vinci!
TECBOSS 3D Printing Pen:
Artistic and into 3D printing? This 3D printing pen is a great entry level gadget to get you started.
LONGER Resin 3D Printer:
You're probably buying this one for yourself, or you're a much more generous gift giver than I am. Expect a nice smooth finish on your parts with this nice resin printer.
FlashForge 3D Printer:
Another great option to get started with 3D printing, printing in PLA, ABS, PLA and more!
Technic RC Track:
RC cars and LEGO combined, giving you two gifts in one! Can't go wrong.
NASA Mars Rover:
We've done more than one episode on space, space travel, and Mars. This NASA rover is the perfect gift for your space cadet.
My current favorite series by LEGO, anything from the Architecture collection is a winner. Here's a nice one.
GoolRC Wifi FPV Mini Drone:
Not sure if you want a drone, or afraid of smashing it into the wall immediately like Luke? This might be a good place to start.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone:
Already tested the drone waters and ready to step your game up? Or maybe you're like my buddy Clark who thinks getting the real deal to start is a good idea. Yes, he got it stuck in a tree 20 minutes later.
Holy Stone X400C FPV RC Quadcopter Drone:
A nice middle ground between the two previous drones, the Holy Stone not only has a cool name, but a lot of advanced features for the price.