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TED Fellows in the Field: Ayah Bdeir’s blinking, buzzy building blocks

TED Fellows in the Field: Ayah Bdeir’s blinking, buzzy building blocks « littleBits.

TED Fellows are an extraordinary group of innovators and iconoclasts. Today’s Fellows in the Field features Ayah Bdeir, founder of hardware startup littleBits. Hailed as LEGO for the iPad generation, littleBits are a set of open source, preassembed electronic modules that snap together with magnets to make larger, more complex circuits, allowing anyone to play and create with electronics. The goal: to demystify technology and help people of all ages and abilities understand the building blocks of the 21st century.


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