I know the Piper looks like a computer kit for kids, but the company swears it would make a sweet gift for your dad too. Or your grandma. Or your Uncle Stu. At its heart, Piper is a teacher of technology available to anyone who wants to learn hands-on how computers work*.
The Piper Computer Kit starts users with the nuts of bolts of programming: building the computer to program. You'll have everything you need to assemble a functional computer (even a Piper screwdriver), from the wooden computer case pieces and HD LCD display, to the Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board with 1GB of RAM and a 1200 MHz QuadCore CPU. Additional Piper build components include:
- Electronic gadgets, such as LED lights, buzzers, buttons, switches, and sensors.
- Cables to connect the screen, Pi, and 6600 mAh powerbank together.
- An 8-square-foot laminated blueprint explaining how to complete the assembly.
- A USB mouse with a retractable cable.
Once the Piper computer is up and running, you'll move on to programming PiperCraft, a Minecraft story mode adventure whose creation and progress you'll be able to store on the included 8GB SD card.
*Probably people between the ages of 6 and 12 will dig it most though.