Are you ready to get into Arduino? [Deals]

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Get a grip on Arduino with this 21-hour course for beginner and advanced users alike.
Get a grip on Arduino with this 21-hour course for beginner and advanced users alike.
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Arduino is making electronics accessible like never before. The open-source platform is based on easy-to-use hardware and software that this 21-hour course covers in depth, from beginner to advanced. Whatever project you’re looking to build or program with Arduino, you’ll have the know-how after taking this course, which is available right now for just $14.99.

There’s never been a better time to do Arduino [Deals]

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Say yes to Arduino with this bundle of all the necessary tools and skills for building awesome gadgets.
Say yes to Arduino with this bundle of all the necessary tools and skills for building awesome gadgets.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

If ‘Arduino’ doesn’t translate to ‘awesome’ in another language, it should. The simple, accessible, open-source, DIY technology platform has made it possible for almost anybody to build basically anything their imagination can whip up — robots, musical instruments, home augmentations, the list is endless. Now it’s easier than ever to get your projects off the page and into existence, with this complete bundle that includes the necessary hardware and more than 25 hours of training. And right now you can get the whole shebang for just $62.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Here’s some of what’s included.

Auto-pausing Netflix socks make a great gift (if you have the skills)

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With socks like these, you'll be the hit of any Netflix party.
With socks like these, you'll be the hit of any Netflix party.
Photo: Netflix

So there you are, watching Netflix, binging on some TV series that everyone’s talking about when you suddenly fall asleep. What happens? Netflix keeps playing, running through a few more episodes while you catch some Zs.

Imagine, though, having a garment — socks, for example — that can automatically detect when you fall asleep and pause that Netflix stream for you. How great would that be?

If you’re comfortable around a pair of knitting needles as well as an Arduino mini-computer controller, some IR hardware and a soldering gun, you just might be the kind of person who should make these socks for a last-minute holiday gift.

Last-minute gift ideas for the comfort-minded and tech-conscious [Deals]

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It's time to wrap up that shopping.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

The days are ticking away until you’re expected to present that special someone in your life with a thoughtful gift. If you’re stressing out about what to get, or what you might end up paying, take a look at this list of awesome gifts available at a fraction of the usual price. From DIY electronics to bluetooth speakers and even world class socks, whoever you’re shopping for, we’ve got you covered.

This cool gadget puts the weather outside into a box on your desk

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Yes, it even does clouds and lightning.
Gif: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac (via Ken Kawamoto)

The best way to check the weather is usually pulling up an app or website, turning on a TV, or simply going to a window and looking outside. But what if you had a gorgeous device on your desk that could actually show you what’s going on out there?

Tempescope is that pretty little thing; it simulates present and future weather conditions inside of a clear acrylic case.