PCB Designer Holiday Gift Guide - Customer Edition
Core Meditation Device ($149-$219)
Meditation is a great way to deal with workday stress and bring your life more into balance, but for many of us, it’s hard to just sit quietly and do nothing for a few minutes. Core’s handheld meditation device—created using Altium Designer—helps you get the most mental health benefits through short meditation sessions. The compact tool employs guided meditation, gentle vibration, breath techniques, and music to lull you into a state of focused tranquility so you can gather your thoughts, keep calm and carry on.
It’s a great gift for anyone who could use a little more zen in their lives.
Meet the creative minds behind Core and see how they developed it, watch their AltiumStory.
To purchase Core at a special holiday price, click here.
Arduino Starter Kit ($90)
If you’ve ever built electronic devices from scratch, chances are some of your creations have included Arduino boards. Arduino has powered hundreds of thousands of innovations to date, from fun little gadgets to life-saving medical equipment. Their open-source platform is designed for easy use by everyone, including total newbies, with PCBs to suit just about any project.
Arduino’s Starter Kit is a perfect way for beginners to discover the joys of electronic design, be they students or seniors. It’s also a terrific teaching tool, ideal for everything from voltage, current, actuators, and sensors to the fundamentals of programming. The kit features suggestions for 10 different projects, including color-changing lamps, Love-O-Meters, keyboard instruments, and zoetropes.
Get to know the Arduino team and get inspired to become a part of their community!
To purchase the Arduino Starter Kit, click here.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Tickets and Gifts ($39-$300)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been one of California’s most popular family destinations since 1984. In just their first two years of operation, the aquarium and conservation pioneer launched multiple school programs and was featured prominently in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
In 1987, they unveiled the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a private, non-profit research center. MBARI’s many technological advancements include the development of proprietary long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUVs) designed to measure, collect, and film along the ocean floor. Some of these incredible vehicles were made using Altium Designer.
Their funding is dependent upon the financial health of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. While the aquarium doors are currently closed due to COVID-19, you can still buy tickets, regular memberships, and fantastic, eco-friendly gifts online. Your purchases will help keep the scientists, engineers, and sea creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI going strong.
Token Ring ($349)
Modern life would be much less convenient without radio-frequency identification (RFID). We rely on RFID-enabled devices for just about everything from getting into the office to buying groceries. And while they’ve made our lives easier, we’re carrying more things than ever before—badges, fobs, smartphones—and all that extra stuff slows us down, from the parking garage to the supermarket checkout aisle.
The Token Ring is a new, easy way to cut out all of the clutter without sacrificing the convenience of RFID. The sleek, unisex ring takes the place of key cards, access badges, fobs, credit cards, and payment apps. The device was designed by Flight Circuits, a Rochester, NY-based service bureau and longtime Altium customer.
To buy the Token Ring, click here.
If you’ve got a passion for home DIY projects or crafting, you’ve probably struggled with cutting shapes and creating contours. Die cuts, punch outs, beveled edges, inlay hardware, and mortises can be dangerous to attempt without the right tools—and even the good ones can be cumbersome, especially when you’re working with hardwoods, plastic, Corian, and other common sheet materials.
Shaper Tools harnesses the power of robotics—and Altium technology—to take the pains out of the cutting process. Their signature tool, the Origin, makes cutting every shape a breeze; when used with their rugged Workstation, the Origin transforms struggle into simplicity.
Right now, Shaper Tools have a holiday bundle including both the Origin and the Workstation for one low price. And that’s good news for DIYers and the people who love them everywhere!
Get to know the ShaperTools founder and learn about the Origin’s origins!
To purchase the Origin and Workstation combo at holiday pricing for a limited time only, click here.
For nearly a century, Bang & Olufsen have been amongst the most sought-after brands of stereophonic equipment. Their electronics have become as famous for their striking designs as their superior sound quality. And since 2005, they’ve trusted Altium Designer for their electronic design endeavors.
Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay headphones are perennial favorites, revered for their comfortable build as much as their crystalline sound. Their lightweight build and cordless design makes them perfect for using while you work, or for escaping to a private sonic oasis at the end of a long day.
To purchase a pair of Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 Headphones (with a free, limited-edition Raf Simmons x Kvadrat headphone bag), click here.
Vox AC4 4-watt Combo Amp (MSRP $509)
For those about to rock, Vox Amplification has been a musician’s go-to for over 60 years. Their amplifiers have boosted some of the biggest names in rock music, including Brian May from Queen, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Elvis Costello, and a little pop band from Liverpool, England called The Beatles.
Some of Vox’s most famous creations are their tube amplifiers, sought-after for their signature chiming sound. Since 2008, Vox has relied on Altium Designer to create their signature tube amps, and smaller, more portable designs ideal for part-time rock stars.
Vox’s AC4 4-watt Combo Amp is a small but mighty way to transform an electric guitar or a synthesizer into a sonic powerhouse. It’s small, easily transportable, and on sale—just in time for the holidays!
To purchase the Vox AC4 4-watt Combo Amp for over $100 off the retail price, click here.
Last, but not least, For the electrical engineer or PCB designer in your life, nothing showcases the love of their craft quite like official Altium brand gear! With a variety of designs to suit different styles, there’s something for everyone in store.
To purchase the featured style above, click here.