Upgrade your car with a fighter jet-style HUD and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Get the tools and the knowledge you need to build anything you can imagine with Arduino.
Get the tools and the knowledge you need to build anything you can imagine with Arduino.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

The Cult of Mac store added a raft of awesome new gear, gadgets and apps this week. And below we’ve gathered some of the very best of the bunch for your weekend shopping pleasure.

We’ve got a bundle of Arduino tools and lessons, a powerful app for turning Apple Mail into a productivity platform, a full terabyte of cloud storage, and a fighter-jet-style head-up display for your car. Most of them are discounted by more than 80 percent. Read on for details!

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.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

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.

This machine uses an iPhone to sort M&M’s by color

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This M&M sorting machine is powered with an iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac
This M&M's-sorting machine is powered with an iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

Let’s face it. Deep in our hearts, we all know some colored M&M’s taste better than others. For me, it’s the red and green ones; for my wife, it’s the brown and orange ones. And Van Halen famously stipulated in all its contracts that the band should never be served any brown M&M’s, requiring some lowly stagehand to pick them all out by hand from a bowl before every show.

These days, things would be easier. Case in point: This simple machine, which was custom-rigged out of just an iPhone and an Arduino to individually sort M&M’s by color, no human intervention required.

DrumPants Turn Your Jeans Into Music Machines

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Let’s admit it. You’re the best goddamn drummer your bus stop has ever seen. When “Hot For Teacher” rounds the corner on your iPhone, you transform into a radiant drumming beast. Sadly, all of your gut-busting drum sessions take place right there in your lap. Nobody can hear the majesty of your air drum solo, but thanks to the latest advances in drumming technology, now they can!

That’s pretty much the pitch for DrumPants, a set of Bluetooth LE-enabled sensors that capture triumphant thigh thumping to play more than 100 different sounds controlled by your iPhone or iPad. They’re kind of like those ridiculous Keyboard Jeans, except the sensors aren’t a part of your clothing, allowing you to attach DrumPants to anything you’re wearing. They come as both drum pads and foot pedals, so you can take your customized instrument wherever you go.

Check out the promo video below: