News of the Bitosphere! May 2, 2016

By Adam Skobodzinski

Kosovo Chapter in Purple

Pictured above: Chapter Leader, Edona Bejtullahu (center), with two mentors from the BONEVET Makerspace in Gjakova, Kosovo.  “BONEVET is a fully equipped and professionally maintained space dedicated for members in order to inflict the spirit of making by re-energizing education with the creativity, innovation, curiosity, motivation, technical know-how, and playfulness that characterize our maker community.”

Community Hall of Fame!

Messy Shoe Solution, by Three J’s and S, is an automatic cloudBit circuit designed to #HackYourHabits for the better!  “No more tripping over that pile of shoes that sits in your hallway.  A delightful invention that will encourage your children to put away their shoes.  The reward system is remotely controlled by the parent who may be away at work.”

Messy Shoe Solution

After the kids have put shoes in the cupboard, Mom or Dad gets an SMS message: “Congratulations!  Your children have put away their shoes 31 times.  Please press the purple button.  A little surprise might be in order…”  YUM!  Let’s watch a fun demonstration!


May Challenge: #ChainReaction Contraption

For this month’s challenge, we want you to invent a complex contraption that performs a super simple task. Our amazing judges will choose three winners who will receive superhero status and up to $200 in Bits!


  1. Think about an easy task to perform – then brainstorm the most complicated way to accomplish it! Gather a bunch of bits and tools to get started. Don’t forget to build in at least three transitions.
  2. Make a video showing us how it works. We even have some PRO TIPS to help you make the best video EVER.
  3. Enter by uploading your creation to the Invent page using #ChainReaction by May 31st at midnight EST. Be sure to embed your video or include a link!

Meet the Inventor!

We interviewed Vedant Desai to learn more about how he goes about making his spectacular Makey-Makey projects, including a penny controlled car and interactive pin golf.  Says Vedant,  “I always imagined to control my lego cars via a remote.  However I did not have the right tools. With littleBits, my imagination can be real now.”  Find more Meet the Inventors Articles!

Join our Show & Tell: May 4, 7pm EST

Last month’s Show & Tell was SO FUN!  Waddya say do it again?

When: Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm EST

Where: The Unhangout Room


Bring your latest invention and your friendly self.  We’re especially interested in seeing what you made for our recent design challenges.  Oh, and if you made something for a Science Fair, we want to see that, tooooo! WE WANT TO SEE ALL THE THINGS!  🙂  🙂  🙂

More from Kosovo

Check out some fantastic inventions uploaded by our Kosovo Chapter, Bonevet!

Wrecking Ball “This prototype is created to collapse buildings. The ball moves by Servo Motor that is controlled by Slide Dimmer. Also, we used Wireless transmitter and receiver to command the wrecking ball from a distance.” 🙂

Cooling Robot “Robot made out of construction paper that walks by DC Motor and cools us by the FAN bit during hot days. Its eyes lighten by RGB led and everything is controlled by Slide Dimmer that is located on its mouth.” 🙂


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April Word Cloud
We sure did have an awesome April!  Let’s get ready to make more this May!  🙂  See you soon, Bitsters!



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