News of the Bitosphere! April 11, 2016

By Adam Skobodzinski


Hi there!  In this edition of News of the Bitosphere, prepare to be entertained, captivated and inspired by Bitsters from all around the world! Shown above is a still from a live performance by Boston Chapter member, mtzc at Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery (Cambridge, MA)

Community Hall of Fame

The Celebration Board – #hackyourhabits comes to us from our Honolulu Chapter, Little Oha Bitty Bytes.

celebration board

“Every time the toddler goes potty, he or she presses the button and the bear’s nose and antennae lights light up, and colorful wheels that the toddlers helped to color jiggle and move happily.  All the daycare toddlers love the board, and can understand the procedure: potty, press button, celebration – yay!  Most of the toddlers also recognize numbers, and can understand that we are counting the number of times he or she went to the potty.  The tracking helps caregiver and parents to monitor potty training and is as effective as reward stickers or a reward chart.”  Let’s watch their cute demo video!


Monthly Challenges – Get On Board!

Enter April’s #HackYourHabits Challenge now!  Choose ONE thing you do daily (or almost daily) and invent a way to track or change your habit.  Upload your creation to the Invent page using #HackYourHabits by April 30, midnight EST.  Be sure to embed your video or include a link!

Get inspired by the March Winners of our #InventForGood Challenge!


Bitsters Show Their Stuff!

Live set in Cambridge, MA using the littleBits synth kit and Ableton Live by mtzc.  Filmed by Felipe Maldonado.


Q: Thanks for sharing your performance, mtzc! Can you tell us more about yourself and your influences? 🙂

A: I am from Milan, Italy but I’m currently studying guitar and Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My studies include electronic music production and performance as well as sound design with modular synths and for videos/movies.  My main influence for this type of music that combines, acoustic, ambience and more traditional electronic sounds has been Jon Hopkins. His work includes suspended and atmospheric sounds that blend beautifully with piano but also electronic drum kit.


More dancing robots! Hollis, who turned 6 last month, hails from Wollongong, Australia. Watch all four minutes of his captivating performance, then come back for more – oh, yes, there’s more!    Holla at ya boy (hearts & comments will make his day)!


Ikiauto – Mini ikitoi car brings whatever you want wherever you are!  Let’s watch a demonstration all the way from Bariloche, Argentina by Marcos, Juanni, Santi, Jere, Kimani, Marco, Luca, Nico and Estani.


Dragon attack! Tarek, from Pretoria, South Africa, shares inspirational advice for makers (starting at 1:30):  Believe in yourself!  Make a lot of stuff!  Come up on our website!


We couldn’t agree more, Tarek!  Enjoy your week, everyone! 🙂


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