MicroControllers


SquishyCircuits


Teaching Kids electronics with play dough

Arduino


Arduino is an "open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments."

Uses: Learning electronics.

Pros: Can easily be programmed using Actionscript, Processing and other languages.

To try: LilyPad Arduino, designed for wearables and e-textiles. It can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators.



Robots

Lego Mindstorm


Sensors


Kinect


Pachube


Pachube, Store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices & buildings around the world.