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cloudBit™

cloudBit™

$59.95

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The cloudBit is the easiest way to create internet­-connected devices. You can now snap the internet to anything! Retrofit your thermostat to control it remotely, or set up a sound-triggered alarm system that texts you alerts--the possibilities are endless. No programming, soldering or wiring required.

  • Build anything, including a DIY Nest, SMS doorbell, and hundreds more ideas online!
  • Connect everything! Your entire littleBits library can talk to the internet and vice versa
  • Automate with IFTTT to connect with any web service, like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter, or hardware like NEST and Phillips HUE
  • Remote control and readout to control your circuits across the room or across the world
  • Code with the cloud API or the littleBits Arduino module for further customization [optional]
  • Includes usb power module, wall adapter and cable for robust installations
  • Check out our Tips and Tricks for more ideas on using the cloudBit.

    New to littleBits? Check out the cloudBit Starter Kit!

    A quick note: The cloudBit needs a lot of juice, and only works with p3 usb power. Don't worry, the usb power AND a US wall adapter are included!


    GEEK SPEAK
    The cloudBit is a single board computer running Linux. We use an USB WiFi adapter for networking, and once commissioned we automatically connect to the littleBits cloud. Once connected the cloudBit sends the littleBits cloud samples of the voltage on the input bitSnap™ with 10-bit precision, and the littleBits cloud is able to instruct the cloudBit to set the voltage on it's output bitSnap.

    The RGB status LED lets you know what the cloudBit is doing. When it is purple the cloudBit is booting up, when it is yellow it is trying to connect to the WiFi access point, and when it has successfully connected to the littleBits cloud it turns green.

    In order to tell the cloudBit what WiFi router to connect to you place it into "commissioning mode" by pressing and holding the setup button until the status LED turns blue.

    When the cloudBit operates in commissioning mode it acts as an 802.11 access point and web server. When instructed by the user's browser the cloudBit scans for access points and returns the results to the browser for selection. Once the user sets up an access point the cloudBit enters normal mode.

    When it operates in normal mode it attempts to connect to the configured access point and then communicates with the littleBits cloud over a TLS socket. If the cloudBit does become disconnected the status LED will turn red briefly, and then yellow as the cloudBit tries to automatically reconnect.

    Once connected the litteBits cloud can instruct the cloudBit to output any voltage between 0V and 5V or any interval of time between 0 and 32 seconds.


    UNDER THE HOOD
    For the cloudBit we built an embedded Linux system based around a Freescale i.MX23 ARM926EJ-S processor. It has 64MB of RAM and boots a heavily modified version of the ArchLinux distribution from a 4GB SD card. The cloudBit uses an 802.11b/g/n USB adapter for networking, the Freescale's on-chip ADC and DAC for the input and output pins, and the GPIO pins for the setup button and the status LED. We've left pads on the bottom of the board so that you can connect to the cloudBit's serial console using 3.3V UART (8-N-1, 115,200 baud) and poke around.

    The cloudbit currently supports networks with the following security standards: Open (no encryption), WEP, WPA and WPA2. Happinessguarentee

    What's Included

    Make it With the cloudBit™

    project
    Vending for Slightly Uncomfortable Praise

    Our Maker lab class created a device using the cloud bit. Attached to one group of bits was the cloud bit and a motion sensor whic...

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    littleBits Dog Bowl Feeder

    Our family purchased a littleBits base kit almost six months ago and we worked through the sample projects from the prank handsha...

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    Drone Race Course

    Sensors with CloudBits that report every time an object (in this case a drone) passes by (via IFTTT recipe). Lego used to build sh...

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    Space Box Clock

    The "Space Box Clock" activates every time the ISS passes over Salem, MA, every hour on the hour, and whenever I press a button on...

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    MiGreen #shapebits

    Smart care for those friends that care for our breathe!As I was searching for things at home to tinker with I noticed something ve...

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    Security Box / Jewelry Box #shapebits

    This security box can be used as a hidden safety box, tucked away or as a fully visible jewelry box. Quite often...

    Perfect Additions to the cloudBit™

    Kits
    cloudBit Starter Kit
    $99 ($128 value)

    Create internet-connected devices in seconds.

    Kits
    Smart Home Kit
    $249

    This kit can turn any household object into an internet-connected device.

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    Arduino
    $35.95

    You can now easily incorporate programming into your littleBits circuits! It’s everything you know and love about Arduino without ...

    power
    usb power
    $9.95

    SHORT DESCRIPTIONThe USB power may be the smallest in the series, but it's big enough to send juice to all your creations. Connect...

    Technical Specs

    • Dimensions (mm): 15.0(H) x 10.0(W) x 5.0(D)
    • Product Weight: 0.62 lbs (0.28 kg)
    • Recommended Age: 8+
    • SKU: 680-0004
    • UPC: 810876020534