From cards to coupon books, some of the best Mother’s Day gifts tend to be homemade. Take a look five innovative ways to up your game this Mother’s Day, using littleBits.
Plan a Fun Activity
The greatest gift you can give the mother in your life is quality time. Using a circular container from your recycling bin and craft supplies you can find at home, this simple invention requires only a simple circuit and a whole lot of creativity — the Mother’s Day Wheel o’ Fun lets mom decide how she wants to spend the day!
Create an Interactive Card
Looking to up your Mother’s Day card game this year? Make mom an interactive card that lights up, vibrates, or makes sound.
Give the Gift of Coffee On-Demand
Use littleBits to brew the perfect pot of joe anytime from anywhere. Simply program your phone to turn the coffee maker when you know mom could really use a cup.
Here’s how it works: When you press the button in Cloud Control (on your phone or computer), a signal is sent to the cloudBit, which triggers the IR transmitter. The IR transmitter sends a blast of infrared light which is picked up by the infrared sensor on the AC switch. Upon receiving an IR signal, the AC switch toggles any device that is plugged into it on or off. The bright LED acts as a visual indicator that your circuit triggered.
Help with the Chores
Give mom a hand by feeding Fido this Mother’s Day. You can either feed your pet remotely by pressing the button in Cloud Control (on your phone or computer) or you can set up an automated feeding schedule through IFTTT (If this then that). IFTTT is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements.
Create Dynamic Artwork
With all the work that mom puts in to make your house a home, why not make her a beautiful shadow box with swirling multi-colored lights to welcome her home at the end of a long day?
Whether you decide to build all of these inventions for your mom this Mother’s Day, or none of them, make sure that you find a way to let your mom know that you’re thinking about her. Even a hug will do!
In the meantime, are you looking for something that you can build together with mom? Check out our new Hall of Fame Kits, inspired by some of the most compelling inventions from its existing community!