It's a little late for Christmas presents, but if you throw a little time-machine action into the mix, this might be the perfect gift for the hacker kid in your life: Circuit Playground plushies.
The plushies are the newest product from Adafruit Industries, a leader in the world and the maker of a wide range of products for hackers young and old. Led by Entrepreneur magazine's entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried, Adafruit has a long history of promoting the do-it-yourself movement, and giving those who play and work in it the tools they need.
They are also big culture hackers, having offered a bounty for the first person to Circuit Playground app., produced a series of , and come up with a concept for a . The plushies are tied to Adafruit's
As Adafruit wrote about the new plushies on its Web site, "We know it's hard to figure exactly what will spark a young mind on to the journey towards science, technology, engineering, art, math and more -- we wish we had these when were young."
There are six plushies -- Cappy the Capacitor, Hans the 555 Timer chip, MHO the Resistor, Connie the Transistor, Ruby the Red LED, and Gus the Green LED.