My name is Ayah Bdeir, I’m the founder and CEO of littleBits, an open source library of electronics that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning and fun. Each “brick” has essentially one function — light, sound, sensor, motors, logic—and the bricks come together to form larger circuits that can do anything: from an obstacle-avoiding robot, to acrayon lathe, to an interactive toy.
We have been called “LEGO for the iPad generation” but I’d like to think littleBits is much more, it is a versatile, age-agnostic, gender neutral hardware platform — the most extensive and easy to use invention platform in the world.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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