littleBits – “Snap and play electronic circuits like LEGOS”

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Ayah Bdeir is the creator of littleBits, an open source system of pre-assembled, modular circuits that snap together with magnets – making learning about electronics fun, easy and creative. Each bit has a simple, unique function ( light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. The magnets ensures that you do not assemble the units in any wrong way. littleBits is an easy way to make prototypes or play using light, sound, and electric circuits without any soldering or wiring. You can make remote controls or alarms or anything you imagination throws up, and even combine this with other construction toys.

Little Bits was founded on the belief that we need to create scientific thinkers and problem-solvers, and interventions need to occur early.

Ayah Bdeir, the founder of littleBits is an engineer and interactive artist who does not believe in boundaries set by disciplines or cultures. With an upbringing between Lebanon, Canada and the US, Bdeir’s work uses experimental tools to look at deliberate and subconscious representations of identity. Bdeir received her Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab and undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering and Sociology from the American University of Beirut. Ayah lives and works in New York.

littleBits Starter Kit – v0.2!

littleBits is a system of modular electronics that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping and play. The littleBits starter kit is the first kit by littleBits and contains all you need to get started within seconds. Each bit has a simple, unique function (light, sound, sensors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to put the power of engineers in the hands of artists, makers and children. Included in the kit are 10 color coded modules (power, input, output, and wire) that snap together magnetically to create larger circuits, guaranteed to keep kids (or you) occupied for hours. Comes packaged in an attractive case with a magnetic closure and includes an instruction sheet, 9v battery and a custom plastic screwdriver.

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