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September 16, 2014 AT 12:26 pm

INTRODUCING LITTLEBITS BITLAB

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The bitLab is the app store for hardware. It’s a marketplace for user-generated hardware, and allows anyone to create their own littleBits module and share it with the community. In a nutshell, here’s how it works: You submit a module, the community votes on it, we vet it and then manufacture it and share the revenues.

The bitLab is the first of its kind in the field of electronics. Even though it may seem obvious that hardware needs an app store, building a genuine app store that can allow every new “app” to interoperate with every other app and its underlying platform is complex.

For this reason, a genuine app store for hardware, or the bitLab, is a very, very important pillar for multiple stakeholders in our field: littleBits, the hardware developer community, and the electronics industry at large.

Check out the bitLab and vote for your favorite new modules today!

1. Bleep Labs’ Bleep Drum expands upon the great musical instrument platform we started with KORG and the Synth Kit.

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2. Module submissions like the EMG module from Backyard Brains take littleBits into the world of biofeedback and wearables.

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3.  Gabotronics’ Oscilloscope adds a technical sophistication that will most likely be many users’ introduction to industry standard electronic development tools like oscilloscopes and frequency counters.

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Also check out the bitLab celebrities who currently have modules in development:

1. Using the touch sensor module from Bare Conductive, littleBits users can create interaction without touching the modules. It even works through plastic and glass.

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2. Connect littleBits to everyday objects with the littleBits MaKey MaKey module.

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