Posted by Jonathan Oxer
Something that surprised me is how many people have told me they'd be interested in kits for projects in Practical Arduino. Hugh and I just assumed that people would arrange their own parts, particularly if they're intending to use the book as a starting point and then put their own personal twist on the designs.
But I can understand why a kit would be convenient even for an experienced maker, and as someone mentioned it would be nice to be able to give a gift of the book plus a kit. That way the recipient would have everything they need to get started right away rather than being frustrated at not having the parts.
So, what do you think? If we put up a little online store with a few kits, would you be interested in them? If so, which ones? What I have in mind is to bundle up something like a prototyping shield along with all the parts required for the project. Ultimately we could do kits with specific PCBs to suit each project, but as a starting point just having a prototyping shield with all the parts is probably enough to give people a head start. Talk to me, people!