Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 12 gadget gifts for Makers

Big Shot DIY Camera (£60)

This build-it-yourself digital camera gives you a 3MP sensor, a flash, a 1.4in LCD screen, USB connection and the ability to shoot regular, stereoscopic 3D and panoramic photos through a twistable lens wheel. There’s a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, but if that runs dry when you’re out shooting you needn’t worry: a handcrank can be used to top it up using good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Buy the Big Shot DIY Camera here

3Doodler (£100)

The world's first 3D printing pen lets you draw in three dimensions in glorious ABS plastic. You'll pick it up in seconds, though creating more intricate structures like the Eiffel Tower on 3Doodler's website will take quite a bit of practice – still, you'll have plenty of time to play around with it on Boxing Day.

It's not all fun and games and squiggles in the air, though – serious Makers will find it handy as a tool for repairing 3D prints and sticking ABS parts together, like a 21st-century glue gun.

Buy 3Doodler here

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Build Your Own Robot Arm (£50)

For years, cinema has warned us what would happen if we give computers the tools to interact with the outside world – from HAL to Skynet, they've all gone mad and tried to wipe us out. And now these mad fools have created a robot arm that you can build and connect to your PC. You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

Merry Christmas.

Buy the Build Your Own Robot Arm kit here

Arduino Robot (£170)

This nifty little gadget puts a pair of Arduino boards on wheels; one control board, and one motor board, complete with an LCD screen, IR sensor, four buttons, a speaker and a compass. You can program it yourself using a computer connected over USB, and there are even spots for installing additional parts, if you feel like tinkering. You'll have it trundling around and annoying the cat in no time.

Buy the Arduino Robot here

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