From the era of private spaceflight, to the recent evidence of the Big Bang, to armchair exploration via Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new “Cosmos” documentary, space is once again central to the cultural conversation. With that, we are excited to launch the littleBits Space Kit!
Meet Max Noble – his students call him T. Max. He is a STEAM educator who runs an experimental creativity center for kids and ‘big kids’ in Taiwan. He is also the mastermind behind some of our favorite littleBits projects like Shakey, the 3d-printed robotic arm and the Crayon Lathe. Click to find out more!
Introducing NAND, NOR, and XOR gates! With littleBits logic modules, you can program in block form. The logic modules create rules for your circuit to follow, giving you more ability to create interesting and complex interactions. New to logic, fear not! Once you learn a few basic rules, a whole new world of circuits opens up. Learn how to make a Jeopardy-style lockout buzzer, an electronic combination lock, a 21st century fortune-telling device, and more!
This week we feature Jace Meyer, who develops educational and engaging summer camp experiences for Actua, a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Read more about how this STEM enthusiast is elevating her programs to the next level with the help of some littleBits modules.
“Because of the open-ended and “maker” nature of littleBits, the materials draw in students that may not initially see themselves as future scientists, engineers or mathematicians.” Read more about Janice’s experiences and pilot project inside.
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Bilal Ghalib, a hacker aficionado and founder of both GEMSI (Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space Initiative) and pocketfactory.org, at our offices in New York City. We asked Bilal to come spend time with us at littleBits and make the craziest project he could think of. Check out what he made!
A zoetrope is a device that produces the illusion of motion by rapidly spinning a series of static images. It is a classic invention with ancient roots and has gone through many iterations over the years. We thought we would put our own “spin” on the zoetrope using littleBits and 3d printed parts.
Michael Wilkinson reports, “The littleBits circuits made this experiment accessible to my 4th graders, while allowing them to design a sophisticated and scientifically valid experiment. They were able to prove that red and blue light were the most important colors of light for photosynthesis.”
Make it a Holi-DIY to Remember: Clever [wearables] for the holiday using littleBits Part 3
Planning your outfit for an upcoming holiday party? Bling out and brighten up your threads with these festive electronically-charged wearables.
Make it a Holi-DIY to Remember: Clever gadgets for the holiday using littleBits Part 1
Tired of the same old holiday decorations? Looking to take your festive knickknacks to the next level this winter season? Like technology and DIY solutions? Look no further! littleBits is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of projects that you can make to electrify your home with holiday cheer.
In honor of Festivus, we’ve put together a super deal on a number of littleBits products. All week long (12/9-12/13), you can enjoy 10% off the Base Kit, the Premium Kit, the Light It Boost It, and the Touch It Boost It when you enter the code, FESTIVUS, at checkout. This will truly be a Festivus for the rest of us!
Today, we are very excited to announce a few new additions to the littleBits family – the microphone, the dc motor + motorMate, the vibration motor + vibeSnap, and the servo! Discover new projects featuring these modules here —>
As the spookiest day of the year approaches, we here at littleBits have been cooking up some supernatural projects to trick out your Halloween. The interactions in both of the following projects are surprisingly haunting and would be a great addition to any haunted house or, if you are the Adam’s Family, a permanent wall fixture.
The theme of the Makeathon was “bring your city to life,” which inspired an international array of creations. We received over 50 submissions and though it was a tough call to make, we selected three winners.
Ready to go back to school? Start the year on a positive note by making an automated “Back to School” eraser for your new teacher. All you need is a 4 Bit littleBits circuit, and some recycled household materials to make this this great back to school present for your favorite teacher!
This week, our design team remixed the classic Flickering Lantern project that you can build with your Starter Kit. They gave it a Boost by adding awesome input Bits like the motion trigger, sound trigger, and light trigger which you can get in our new Sense It Boost It pack. This new and improved Lantern […]
School is out and the curious days of summer are upon us. To inspire creativity and exploration, we gathered some of our favorite Bits for this collection, including the fan (so cool), bright LED (so bright) and bend sensor (so bendy) — and more!
Parents love homemade gifts. Years of macaroni necklaces and handprinted turkeys have proved this. Children love to impress their parents. So, this Sunday, take the opportunity to make something truly impressive for — or with — your dad.
This weekend, we will welcome summer with celebratory BBQ, swimming, and white pants. As any experienced Memorial Day host will tell you, party details matter. Touches like garnishes and decorations will show guests that you have emerged from the winter months a more crafty, and clever host. With that in mind, we created the ‘Takeout Tiki Torch.’ W
Inspired by the dragons found in Harry Potter (an office favorite), we decided to give our dragon some wings — sound activated wings. Upon hearing a loud clap of thunder, the flight motion is triggered so the dragon can take off into the night.
In preparation for our trip to Maker Faire Bay Area on May 18th-19th, we created four San Francisco themed projects inspired by the vibrant sprit of the city. To help you re-create these pieces, we have gathered our brightest and flashiest Bits and put them in a web-only bundle at a discounted price.
Last week, littleBits’ operations, design and digital teams held an internal Make It BIG design challenge. The teams were given an hour and a half to conceive and create a display using the Make It BIG bundle and materials around the office. The final projects were judged on creativity, team work, sustainability, size and cheesiness.
We love to see littleBits paired with other gadgets and tools. So, it’s very exciting to see littleBits used with K’Nex for the first time! Paul Anderson made this video of his hand wave creation and it’s gotten our entire office brainstorming more ways to incorporate K’Nex.
This past weekend, our team held demos at both Manhattan MoMA Design Stores.
We’re constantly inspired by the littleBits projects created all over the world. This weekend, Chow Yu Hin posted the following videos on Facebook. One of the videos features an intricate wind turbine and the other, a vibrant sound machine. The most impressive part of both videos is how quickly he assembles the projects.
This morning I am very excited to announce a project we have been working on for many months and that has had me giddy for days. littleBits has taken over the windows at the MoMA stores in two fully robotic and kinetic installations made of nothing but littleBits, and some craft materials.
We’ve recently used the Bits to create stunning installations, interactive drawing machines and motion activated night lights. There’s a million uses for littleBits. If you’re looking to bring an event or office space to life, consider partnering with us. We love collaborating and can help conceive and execute a display of your own. For more information, contact [email protected]
The MoMA Design Store windows have been transformed with BIG 4-foot kinetic sculptures, all brought to life by littleBits. These stunning displays are complex designs and though it may seem impossible to recreate them home, it’s not. Ready to create a Swimming Shark, pair of Art Handlers, Puppet Master or Big Wheel of your own? […]
We’re so thrilled to share with you the littleBits TED Limited Edition Kit for this year’s conference! This weekend at the TED Conference we’ll be making some noise as our CEO and Senior Ted Fellow, Ayah, introduces our first ever Project Kit, the Talking Puppet Kit, which conference goers can find in their gift bags. […]
A big THANK YOU to every Bitster who participated in our “What Are You Making for the Holidays?” Challenge! We had so many great project ideas that it was quite hard to narrow it down to three winners. However, we are excited to announce the lucky winners and to send them the free Bits they […]