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LightDrive: Solar powered magnetically levitating machine


Solar power is one of the most abundant sources of energy, Light Drive uses the solar power to drive a tiny motor which is magnetically levitated.

This model blends in multiple technologies together to achieve its operation. It uses magnetic levitation to create a very low friction rotation mechanism which allows it to sping for a very long time with the smallest amount of sunshine.

This makes it a great science toy to have on your desk and have it spinning for hours on end with a glimmer of sunshine.

Inside the LightDrive is a simple Mendocino motor which is clever system developed by Daryl Chapin from Bell Labs, it has been refined many times over  to get to the LightDrive.

The 4 donut magnets provide the magnetic suspension and the pancake like magnet on the bottom provides the magnetic field for the solar motor.

One end of the motor is entirely suspended in air due to the magnetic fields from the donut magnets and hence the magnet has the least amount of friction when running.

This is great science toy for the inquisitive mind which give you hours of fun as well as displays the concepts of magnetic levitation and highly efficient Solar powered motor.


Price: $49.99

Wifi Datalogger for temp & humidity with prolonged battery life


Dataloggers are great tools which allows you to measure changes in parameters over time, Be it to track the change of weather over time or monitor the temperature and humidity in your green house the datalogger is the tool for the job.

We present a datalogger which has been tested to run 5 months on a single charge of battery. The datalogger works over wifi and provides a great graphical interface for you to view the data.

Not only does it show the live temperature and humidity, it also shows the battery level.

View the live graph here

Other applications of dataloggers:

  • Food processing: Monitoring temperature of food, cooking etc
  • Scientific and Industrial research
  • Monitoring buildings: Measureing the temperature and humidity in public buildings, galleries, homes and warehouses
  • Automotive: Monitoring temperature during vehicle testing
  • Environment & Weather: Monitoring weather and environment for changes over time
  • Datacenters: Monitoring server room temperatures

Our loggers have been used to measure home insulation by tracking the temperatures outside the home vs inside the home to get the insulation characteristics of new home builds,

It can be used for frost detection in orchards and greenhouses. If you are into weather, there is no better tool to track the changes in weather over time and keep an eye on trends.

The logger allows to download the past data in Excel viewable format with.

Download & View sample data collected from datalogger


Temperature sensor : DHT 22

Absolute accuracy: ±2%

Repeatability: ±1%

Long term stability: ±0.5% per year

Battery Life : 150 days on full charge ( approx 5 months)

Battery type: 1 x 18650

NOTE: Battery not included


1. How does the datalogger work?

    The wifi datalogger collects temperature and humidity samples every 15 minutes and uploads the data on to our cloud server,

    Each logger has a unique key to identify it (it is provided  on purchase), this key can be used to download and view its data from a browser or mobile phone.

2. How do I view the live data from the logger?

    Each logger has a unique key which is provided on purchase.

    To view the graph use below link:

    To download the excel readable data collected so far:

3. How do I setup the datalogger to connect to my Wifi?

    Steps to setup the datalogger to connect to your wifi can be found here

4. Is this product ready to use, is any assembly required ?

    Yes, once you put the batteries and configure the Wifi its ready to go, no assembly is required.

5. Can this logger connect to other sensors, like voltage, soil moisture etc?

    Yes, the logger is designed to connect a variety of sensors, based on a minimum order quantity we can build loggers with your required sensors.

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Price: $179.00

Wireless Weather Station with outdoor Rain gauge


This desktop weatherstation is perfect for those  who want to know the temperature, rainfall and contrast of indoor and outdoor temperatures.

The weather channel information is not very local, having your own weatherstation give you precise local weather info. This home weather station has an external

sensor which collects the outside temperature and rainfall data and sends it wirelessly to the indoor display.

The rainfall gauge is a very useful feature which is only seen in expensive weatherstations, this product has that and comes with a very reasonable price tag. The external unit has a range of upto 100m allowing placement at a decent location for gauging the weather outside.

The rain gauge is easy to mount outside, using the screws included, is self-emptying and has more than 1 years battery life meaning you can set and forget.

It comes with a detailed instruction manual of operation.


1) Rainfall display range: 0 to 19,999mm

2) Outdoor temperature range: -40 ~ +65°C
3) Indoor temperature range: -9.9 ~ +60°C
4) Temperature accuracy: ±1.0°C
5) Power requirements:
  a) Receiver: 2 x "AA" alkaline batteries (not included)
  b) Rain gauge: 2 x "AAA" alkaline batteries (not included)

6) Transmission range: up to 100meters( 330feet)

7) Transmission frequency: 433MHz


Features as below:

1) Outdoor wireless sensor (range up to 100 meter)
2) Detail display of rainfall data in 1hour, 24hour, week, month ranges
3) Indoor and outdoor temperature
4) Time and date with manual setting option 
5) 12 /24 hour time mode 
6) Calendar 
7) Time zone setting 
8) Time alarm    
9) Free standing or Wall mounted


This Wireless weather station has indoor outdoor thermometer and can beat any weather channel on a weather forecast as this is your local weather. This unit does not have barometer or anemometer but comes with a rain gauge. This is a perfect home weather station with a weather clock and wireless thermometer.


Price: $69.99


What is Arduino

Arduino is an open source computer hardware used for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world. The project's products are distributed as open-source hardware and software, which are licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) or the GNU General Public License (GPL) permitting the manufacture of Arduino boards and software distribution by anyone. Arduino boards are available commercially in preassembled form, or as do-it-yourself (DIY) kits.

Arduinos are programmed using the Arduino IDE which can be downloaded from here :

Why is Arduino so famous?

Arduino's are simple to use and program. It is used by a wide variety of people some who have a programming background to other who range from artists and DIY enthusiasts.

Arduino comes with a lot of free libraries making it easy to connect to different hardware, like a LCD display or a smoke sensor or even controlling a robot.

We at hobbyist provide a lot of kits build around the Arduino ecosystem, all our kits comes with all the bits needed including the source code.

This makes it very easy for they buyer to build the kit and get it going, we provide awesome technical support if at all you get stuck using any of our kits.

Some of our tutorials include :

Mars Rover: A kits set to build a complete robot which can be controlled wirelessly from your mobile or laptop

Hobbyist Mars Rover, Arduino robotic kit

Weather Station: If you are into weather, this is a nice little kit with a display which shows your local weather

Hobbyist Arduino WeatherStation kit

Christmas lights dance to music: If you wondered how to make your lights dance to the music you play, this is the kit for you. The kit comes with strings of LED lights which when connected to your mp3 player or stereo dances to the tunes of the music

Keep forgetting keys, make a door lock using our fingerprint kit. No need to carry your keys anymore. This kit comes with a fingerprint sensor and electronic door lock and the source code to help you build the complete working fingerprint door unlocking kit

Arduino Fingerprint door unlocking kit

Arduino tutorials by Hobbyist:

Connecting relay to Arduino

Connecting LCD display to Arduino

Connecting OLED display to Arduino

Connecting Temperature and Humidity sensor DHT11 to Arduino

DC motor speed control with Arduino

Connecting Bluetooth to Arduino

Trouble shooting Arduino

Slow Arduino IDE windows

Fingerprint scanner : door security kit


Having problems with memorising the password? Forgetting the combination code?
With the Fingerprint Sensor Kit you can protect your treasures or secrets using your biometric ID.
ie your fingerprint.

Fingerprint is your unique signature which you carry with you everywhere you go, so unique that you
can use it to open locks and use it as your password.

It is complicated to build a complete system to do your own fingerprint sensing and integrate it with a lock,
For this reason we bring a complete kitset with step by step instructions to get going a Biometric fingerprint kit
which can open a door lock.

Our Kit in action - Biometric Door Lock:

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1. Adding fingerprints to the reader

2. Assembling the fingerprint scanner kit parts and testing it works

3. Building the complete biometric kit with scanner and a OLED display


Price: $119.00

Wireless Sensor and Data Logger


What can this box do?

This kit takes measurement of its two precision temperature sensors, and logs the data to a SD card. Both real time readings and stored data can be sent wirelessly to a PC.

How is it useful?

One of the two temperature sensors is located inside the box, and the other one outside on a 1.2 meter cable. By locating the two temperature sensors in two different areas (e.g. indoor and under floor). We can see the temperature variations of the two areas over time. One good use case is to measure how good your home insulation is. Having said that, this kit is designed with DIY in mind. Extra sensors can be added very easily, and soldering is minimum because of the use of the sensor shield. By adding a humidity sensor, light sensor, wind speed sensor etc, this box can be turned into a wireless weather station!

What is included in this kit?

This wireless sensor and data logger kit embodies a few very cool technologies: Real Time Clock, SD Card read/write, Bluetooth and one wire digital temperature sensor. Not only can it be easily turned into a general purpose wireless sensor logger, it also is a fantastic educational kit after all. This kit includes all the neccessary bits to construct a fully working wireless sensor logger, the package includes:

  • Arduino Mega 2560
  • Arduino Mega sensor and servo shield
  • USB cable
  • Real Time Clock module (onboard temperature sensor incl.)
  • SD card module
  • Kingston SD Card 1 GB
  • Bluetooth module
  • Temperature sensor
  • Waterproof case
  • Cable gland x 2
  • Some wires and accessories

Follow this 3-step tutorial to assemble this amazing kit.

Step 1: Interfacing Real Time Clock and Temperature sensor to Arduino Mega

Step 2: Interfacing SD Card Module to Arduino Mega

Step 3: Interfacing Bluetooth Module to Arduino Mega

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Price: $149.00

WiFi Switch: Turn your kettle on from your mobile


There isn't a cleaner way to control something through the internet than using this WiFi Universal Power Adapter. It's super easy to setup and use. Think off things you can control on/off by your cellphone, or computer , usage of this plug is only limited by your imagination.

Plug in the device you want into this socket and you are free to turn it ON from anywhere with your phone.

The app is designed to allow adding multiple sockets in your house and label them "Kettle", "Lights", "Heater" etc 

Effectively with this device you have the control of you entire home right in your pocket.

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Price: $59.99

Android app development Kit for Starters


Android is a great platform to start building your apps, but its not the simplest to start with. For that reason we at hobbyist have built a kit which will take you through the process of building an App step by step. We start with the bare basics and eventually take you into building an app which does some fancy home automation for you.

  It covers the basics of app development and then delves into using bluetooth wireless to talk to Arduino platform. This paves way for reading remote sensor data from the Android tablet and use it as a dashboard for home automation and doing remote robot control.


What you can accomplish with this kit :

  • Learn the basics of Android App development
  • Simple Hello World App
  • Make the app talk to an Arduino

       - Then read the moisture and temp of your garden

  • Read data from Arduino and turn ON devices with touch of a button.

       - Now you can turn on Lamps, Tv's, Heaters right from the app

  • Send a message wirelessly to an OLED display via the app

       - Make this your message board & leave messages to family/flatmates

Kit Contains

  • OLED Display
  • 1 Arduino
  • Temp & Humidity Sensor
  • Single Channel Relay
  • Bluetooth Module
  • BreadBoard and connector wires
  • Software tutorial and code

Other parts needed but not included:

  • An Android (3.0 or later) mobile/tablet with Bluetooth

4 Step Tutorial

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Price: $129.00

Home Automation : RFID Door lock access control kit


This kit consists of

Below are the 3 step tutorial for this kit

Step 1: RFID + LCD interface
Step 2: Motorised Lock Control
Step 3: RFID Door Controller

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Price: $119.00


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