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Chapter Spotlight: Sune Kaae of Stockholm, Sweden May 20, 2015

Sune Kaae @Sune Kaae   I am based in… Stockholm, Sweden Tell us more about your organization/space. Stockholm Hardware is an open community for hardware prototyping and hardware startups. We meet, build, demo and learn. We’re excited about the maker movement, democratization of manufacturing and the internet-of-things as well as the commercial opportunities in the […]

Chapter Spotlight: MacInspires, with Travis Sluss May 13, 2015

Travis Sluss @MacInspires   I am based in… Beautiful and convenient Larchmont, New York! Tell us more about your organization/space. MacInspires is a retail store that focuses on technology educational services for all ages, computer, tablet and phone repair, on site consulting and accessories. Every month we teach at our stores, at people’s homes, schools, businesses […]

Get excited…this year’s Maker Faire will be EPIC! May 9, 2015

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POP QUIZ What do you get when the littleBits team snaps together over 600 bits?   Find out at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 15th-17th, Booth # 2455!   Get ready for the largest LOUDEST MOST EPIC littleBits booth in the history of bit-kind.   To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Maker Faire we […]

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Advice from the Ultimate Makers (Our Moms!) May 8, 2015

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we thought we’d celebrate our awesome moms by spotlighting some tidBits of wisdom that they’ve given us throughout the years! We asked our team members to share the best bit of advice they’ve received from their moms. And, for some extra giggles, we encouraged our bitsters to compare their heroes to […]

Chapter Spotlight: Gemini Lab, with Sumit Pandey May 6, 2015

Sumit Pandey @SumitPandey   I am based in… Oslo, Norway Tell us more about your organization/space. The Gemini Center is a UX research space for collaborative creation by students, designers and researchers working with the design group. We are a part of the Informatics department (IFI) at the University of Oslo.  We were inspired to start […]

Meet the Makers: JackANDJude, the Epic Mother-Son Maker Team May 5, 2015

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Jack & Jude Brisson JackAndJude     Jude and her son Jack are littleBits superstars. Their collaborative projects and videos are always jam packed with awesome and cuteness (especially when their bunny Cadburry makes a cameo). In anticipation for Mother’s Day, we wanted to highlight a Mother-Son team that bonds by making projects.     Why do […]

Chapter Spotlight: TechShop DC, with Alex Arnopol April 29, 2015

Alex Arnopol @TechShopDC I am based in… Washington, DC (in the Arlington area) In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. We define ourselves as a “maker-space” with an emphasis on STE(a)M education. You can make virtually anything at TechShop! […]

Hospital Makerspaces April 27, 2015

Having a chronic illness is no reason to stifle creativity and learning. Gokul Krishnan, a learning scientist and engineer, has taken an innovative approach to alternative therapies to kids with chronic illnesses. His solution? Mobile makerspaces. Gokul has put together an experience that combines the littleBits library with 3D printing and design challenges to help stimulate […]

bitLab Thursday: Meet Alex Pikkert, maker of the Break Out Bit April 23, 2015

As many of you know, Alex Pikkert is a littleBits magician. We’re always oohing and aahing over his mystifying projects. And for his latest trick, Alex made a bit to connect your littleBits to other systems. Check it out, share & vote today!   My name is Alex Pikkert and I live in Hengelo in […]

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Chapter Spotlight: David Saunders of Greenwich, CT April 22, 2015

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David Saunders @designsaunders   I am based in… Greenwich, Connecticut In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. We are a library media center and innovation lab at an independent school in western Connecticut. Our mission is to empower students to think critically and creatively about their environment and find ways to positively […]

Finalists Announced for Smarter Than Your Home Contest April 20, 2015

Entries from six contestants have been selected for the finalist phase of the #shapebits contest, co-sponsored by littleBits and Shapeways.  Check out the idea phase entries that will move forward to the finalist phase:   Water Rocket Parachute Deploy System by Leo Rolph This is a gravity release system whereby a servo will deploy a […]

This Week in Community: Synth Edition April 17, 2015

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For this week’s recap we decided to focus on some of our community’s talented synth fiends, audio snobs & musicians.   Meet Maria     For this week’s Meet the Maker feature we interviewed Maria Molinero, artist/designer/musician/Doctor Who fanatic. “My maker superpower is fiddling with buttons, even when I don’t quite know what they do. Quite […]

Chapter Spotlight: Museum of Science, Boston with Jorge Bernal April 15, 2015

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Jorge Bernal @MuseumofScience   Jorge Bernal is part of our inaugural group of Global Chapter leaders. He is the Technology and Education Research Fellow at the Museum of Science, Boston and puts on monster workshops! I am based in… Boston, Massachusetts Tell us more about your organization/space. The Museum of Science, Boston introduces 1.2 million visitors to […]

Meet the Maker: Maria Molinero, creator of Beesynth April 14, 2015

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  María Molinero @merycurtis   Maria is a really cool person. We randomly found her on Instagram while checking out the #littleBits feed and we followed her because she posts really nice pictures of her Synth Kit. Little did we know that we stumbled upon a super talented designer. Maria is studying graphic and interactive design, and for her […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: The Voice Box April 13, 2015

Joey Wilson has wowed us once again with his woodworking and littleBits mastery, and this time he’s also tugged at our heartstrings with his newest project, The Voice Box.  Uploaded to coincide with the anniversary of his Dad’s death, The Voice Box was conceived for an audience of one: Joey, himself. The Inspiration He shares […]

This Week in Community: Coffee, Carrots & Custom Synths April 10, 2015

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The Pune RudeFood Makerspark RudeFoodMakeathon from makerspark on Vimeo. Inspired by the products of Ludus Ludi and the natural installations of Andy Goldsworthy, the makers at our Pune, India Global Chapter Makerspark wanted to explore new ways to visualize 3D designs using food. They call it Pune RudeFood. Milind Sonavane, Chapter Leader: Basically, we have […]

Meet the Maker: Murray Fenstermaker of TechTown April 7, 2015

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Murray Fenstermaker @gotechtown Murray Fenstermaker is part of our inaugural group of Global Chapter leaders. He is a passionate maker and educator, dedicated to inspiring youth in his local community. I am based in… Chattanooga, Tennessee   Tell us more about your organization/space. I work for TechTown which is an after school learning facility opening […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: Pune RudeFood by Makerspark April 6, 2015

Milind Sonavane, leader of the Pune, India littleBits chapter Makerspark, invited some friends over during the littleBits Global Makeathon weekend to play with their food and the pro library.  Students from Pune design schools also joined them for their Pune RudeFood event.     For a warmup, participants played music with synth bits and made instruments with servos and teacups.     […]

New to the bitLab: Low Frequency Oscillator module by KORG! April 2, 2015

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Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) by Korg Inc. . .   Korg wants to make your synth kit even awesomer by introducing a new LFO module so you can get your low frequency oscillation on. It allows you to create “slow sweeping” sounds with your synth kit by giving you the ability to change the speed […]

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Meet The Maker: Darwin Grosse of Cycling ’74 March 31, 2015

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Darwin Grosse @darwingrosse     Before we released the MIDI, CV & USB I/O modules, we sent the bits out to musicians like Darwin Grosse, an artist, educator and programmer who works for Cycling ’74 (makers of Max & Jitter). We were excited to hear that Darwin had a great experience using the new modules with his […]

Introducing: MIDI, CV, and USB I/O March 31, 2015

Since the launch of the Synth Kit in November 2013, many users requested the addition of modules that would allow the Synth Kit to be connected to the rest of the equipment in their music studios. The design and engineering teams at littleBits and Korg agreed that adding this kind of functionality would unlock additional power […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: Alarm Wristband #InventAnything March 30, 2015

Birish03 designed his Alarm Wristband for the #InventAnything “Fashion From the Future” design challenge.  He started with a problem – food forgotten in the microwave that turns cold.  Yuk! Watch Birish03’s awesome video to see how that need never happen again: The project uses a handful of bits, including the timeout, pulse and RGB led.  […]

Pranks For The Memories! March 27, 2015

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April Fool’s Day is around the corner, and our office is buzzing with excitement! We’ve got silly handshakes, creepy portraits, and even a joke that you can play on your favorite house cat! Check out a few of our pranks, made possible with buttons, buzzers, servos, wireless modules, and more. Prank Handshake Looking for a […]

This Week In Community: Global Chapters, Global Makeathons & Global Inventions March 27, 2015

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Hey bitsters! We had quite a huge week. As big as the world, in fact. Let’s take a look back at the week that was in case you missed it…   Global Chapters We started off this week with a KABOOM. It all began with the White House Science Fair, in which President Obama spoke […]

Case Study: Design Thinking STEAM School March 25, 2015

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Meet Regan and John, who are working with over 140 students at Riverpoint Academy in Spokane, Washington to identify real world problems, prototype solutions to those problems and implement design solutions through expert and user-centered feedback. Read more about their design thinking STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study.

When Bits Make Food March 25, 2015

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As preparations begin for this weekend’s Global Makeathon, we thought we’d share some littleBits food-related projects.  After all, the theme for our Makeathon is “making and munching”, and who doesn’t like munching – or making,  for that matter!?   Web Controlled Sous Vide Eggs Chris Michaelides In his Cloud Cooking blog post, Chris shares how […]

Global Chapters Are Here March 23, 2015

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  Start & Join Global Chapters Here We are excited to launch our Global Chapters Program: A global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. We aim to build a network of cities that host workshops, events and co-design […]

This Week in Community: Makers, Educators, Futurists & More March 20, 2015

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All Things IoT & cloudBit at our #InventAnything Community Call At this week’s #InventAnything Community Call, Corey from Etsy and our very own Syed joined Chloe to talk about the Internet of Things. We discussed how can we protect our private data, the role of IoT in the maker community & how IoT devices can […]

Join Our March Madness Challenge! March 19, 2015

  March Madness is finally here and our office is buzzing about the NCAA bracket. In fact, we’re so excited that we decided to start our very own college basketball inspired littleBits bracket! Enter our #bitsBracket competition! The top four most accurate bits bracket submissions will win a custom littleBits jersey autographed by our founder and CEO, Ayah Bdeir, […]

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Making Is Tasty: Join Our Global Makethon! March 18, 2015

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Host Your Own Event During Our Global Makeathon, March 28 & 29   Calling all bitizens of the bitosphere! Plan a casual event for your friends, family and local bitsters for a day of “munching & making.” You can host the event in your kitchen, backyard or local makerspace and you will get support over […]

Get Lucky With These St. Patrick’s Day Projects! March 17, 2015

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re feeling lucky! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite community projects to show off our green spirit today. Try making these bitified projects and you’ll be well on your way to finding your very own pot of gold. From The littleBits Engineering Studio: The drinkerBot Alright, so. Fair warning. This […]

Community Hall of Fame: Audio Counter for the Blind and Visually Impaired March 16, 2015

Have ever wanted to use littleBits to design an assistive technology device?  RichB made this awesome Audio Counter for the Blind and Visually Impaired  with the mp3 player and speaker bits.       You can see and hear Rich as he demonstrates an automatic counter by using the pulse bit.  Replace the pulse with […]

This Week In Community: Contests, Makeathons, Projects, Oh My! March 13, 2015

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#InventAnything Community Call with MaKey MaKey & NYU Steinhardt!   You can’t keep Eric + Alex from making instruments. The co-inventor of the MakeyMakey just can’t help it. And Alex encourages us to grab objects and imagine their sonic personality. Like, you know, any spare Kermit the Frog you might have lying around…Check out our interview with […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: The littleAirboat March 9, 2015

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Ben, Alex, Siri, Miles, Zachary & Simon had an assignment: spend 2 hours learning about littleBits, come up with a build idea and then create it.   They decided to create a small airboat like the ones found on swamps in the Florida everglades. To create the propellor, the team connected two fans to servo motors. They then snapped that to […]

This Week In Community: Shapeways, SpaceHack, Pinball, MaKey MaKey & More! March 6, 2015

Yo bitsers! This week was pretty fun, we had a weekend makeathon with Shapeways & a great Community Call with Ariel Waldman of Space Hack. Let’s look back at the week that was.   Smarter Gadgets Makeathon with Shapeways   Last Saturday, makers, artists, designers, engineers, consultants, moms, sons and pizza-enthusiast came to our office for […]

Meet the Maker: Christina & Steven Young, Makers of the littlePinball Machine March 4, 2015

Christina & Steven Young   Christina & Steven Young, a brother and sister duo, really used the littleBits modules to their potential at this year’s Hack Cooper event. The Youngs created a functioning pinball machine, and took home the Best littleBits Project & Best Overall Aesthetics Prizes! They also did a great job combining the tools they had […]

littleBits + Shapeways Smarter Gadgets Makeathon March 3, 2015

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On Saturday, February 28th, designers, artists, engineers, makers, educators and people who have never even used littleBits came together for the 3D + IoT Smarter Gadgets Makeathon, hosted by Shapeways & littleBits. The Makeathon was held in our offices in Chelsea and over 30 people of all ages arrived around 11AM with a mundane, everyday object and […]

Community Hall of Fame: Caselden Studios’ Sounding Box March 2, 2015

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Caselden Studios’ Sounding Box series is a series of instruments that allows viewers to make environment-specific music in real-time. This is an interactive sculpture that generates ambient tones in response to shadows. As viewers approach the sculpture and move to cast shadows in different places, the instrument responds by vibrating strings to make different sounds.   Caselden Studios: Sounding Box […]

This Week in Community: Invent! Anything! With! Mitch! Resnick! February 27, 2015

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What a week ! Our first community call was out of this world fun, while in the forums the Basics crew took it home by posting nearly 50 projects! WE HAD A BLAST AT THE COMMUNITY CALL Nearly 100 bitsters joined us on Wednesday for orientation and to talk with Mitch Resnick about creativity and […]

Meet the Maker: Monika Wuhrer of Open Source Gallery February 25, 2015

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Monika Wuhrer @open_source_       Monika is the Artistic Director of Open Source Gallery & KOKO Open Source. Open Source is a Brooklyn based non-profit that serves as a nexus for contemporary art and local neighborhood cultures, with a history of supporting emerging artists who through the development of new works challenge how, when, and where […]

Space Exploration Educators Conference Highlights February 25, 2015

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Imagine spending a week with 400 educators from around the world who all have a passion for STEAM and Space. Mix in a couple of astronauts, a Space Kit workshop and behind the scenes tours of Johnson Space Center and you’ve got yourself one amazing conference! Check out this special guest blog from Michael Wilkinson for the whole scoop.

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Community Hall of Fame Pick: Toilet Seat Alarm February 23, 2015

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  Tim Cox wants to be a better husband, but he’s a got a bad habit. Like many men, Tim often forgets to be courteous to his spouse and leaves the toilet seat up after use. So Tim did what any great husband would do: he set up an Arduino-powered alarm to shame him when […]

Smarter Than Your Home February 23, 2015

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We are so excited to be announcing a very special contest in partnership with our friends at Shapeways.   DESIGN CHALLENGE Find something in your house that you consider mundane. A coffee mug, a pair of old gloves a floppy disk. Now ask yourself, how can you make it smarter? With littleBits and 3D printing, […]

Host Your Own Bitified #Oscars Party February 20, 2015

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Between the comedic stylings of Neil Patrick Harris, the thrilling best picture nominees, and the opportunity to witness some unforgettable red carpet fashion faux pas, the Oscars are bound to make for a memorable night. In addition to tweeting your feels on a soon-to-be trending hashtag, the Academy Awards present the perfect opportunity to host […]

Highlights from HackCooper 2015 February 18, 2015

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Last weekend, 200 high school, undergraduate and graduate students from across the US gathered at Cooper Union in NYC for a free, 24 hour hackathon. Participants worked in teams to create their dream projects, bringing together hardware and software in the battle to create the most innovative hacks. Read more about the event and the top winning littleBits designs in this week’s blog post.

Meet The Makers: Ginger & Chris Butcher February 9, 2015

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Ginger & Chris Butcher     To celebrate Valentine’s Day, this week we wanted to highlight a maker couple for Meet The Maker. And who better than littleBits supermakers Ginger (Educator at NASA) and Chris Butcher (National Sales Director at Think Tank Photo). The Butchers where behind a project that combined our love for pizza […]

This Week in Community: #InventAnything, Valentine’s Day, Project Mach & Library Makerspaces February 6, 2015

This week we released the Temperature Sensor, shared some littleBits inspired Valentine’s Day cards & we finally launched this awesome thing we’ve been tirelessly working on: Invent Anything! Let’s take a look back at the week that was. #InventAnything   #InventAnything is a free 5-week course to teach makers how to get the most out […]

Learn How To #InventAnything February 4, 2015

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At littleBits we believe in empowering more people around the world to be creators and not just consumers of technology. That is why we deeply care about supporting our community in their learning journey as makers. And starting today we are offering a FREE online course to help anyone around the world learn how to […]

Meet The Maker: Valentina Chinnici, #MakerEd Superhero February 4, 2015

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Valentina Chinnici @sorciererouge     I am based in London My maker superpower is developing maker activities for children, because creative education is a powerful resource to build a better future for next generation of learners. I am inspired by the world that surrounds me! You can find inspiration everywhere: from nature to a child, […]

littleBits Valentine’s Day Cards February 4, 2015

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We love you so much that we’re willing to fist up with Hollywood studios to bring you romcom Valentine’s puns. We’ve put together some silly goodness for you to share with your friends and lovers on this corporate sponsored holiday. Download our free cards and fill in our mad-lib style cards. Even better, hack your cards […]

Meet The Makers: Big D & Rolo, Design Extraordinaires at littleBits January 28, 2015

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MEET DIANA CANNIZZARO & ROCHELLE LO @dianamarie73 & @rochellelo830   Big D & Rolo have been behind some of our most colorful, most striking & most awesome design projects for both print & the web. You may have seen some of their work inside the Smart Home Kit (see bottom of post)… At littleBits, I… Diana: I am […]

Maker Hackathon in Egypt & Jordan! January 27, 2015

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We’re happy to announce that we’re the International Partner at Zoomaal’s Maker Hackathon in Cairo, Egypt (Feb 5-7, 2015 ) & Amman, Jordan (February 19-21, 2015)! Maker Hackathon is the first hardware hackathon competition born in the Arab World and aiming to travel around the world. The Hackathon is a 3-day competition where university students and young […]

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Snowed In with littleBits January 27, 2015

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As piercing gusts of wind cover the streets with fresh snow, schools and offices are closed and the majority of us on the eastern seaboard are staying in for Winter Storm Juno. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gather the family and make some blizzard-themed projects that help you monitor the weather as well […]

Snap Bits to the Big Game January 26, 2015

BristleBall Need help making your prediction for who’s gonna win? How about a quick game of BristleBall, a miniature electric football game made with littleBits. Strategically position the vibration motor via the vibeSnap on the playing surface, press the button, and watch your players run a variety of improvised plays as they glide around on toothbrush bristles.   […]

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Meet The Maker: Timothy High, Magical Dad January 21, 2015

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Meet Timothy High @bigokro Timothy High’s Wizarding Wands won our #HackYourHolidays design challenge. Timothy wanted to bring the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter back home to Brazil for the holidays. So he created some spells with the magic cloudBit and crafted a wizarding wand for his daughter! It was great to see Timothy […]

The era of “fitting in” is over. January 21, 2015

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Every once in a while it’s good to step outside ourselves and realize we are part of something bigger. Yesterday I watched the State of the Union Address by President Obama, and I felt deeply inspired and energized and most importantly proud to remember that we are contributing to a larger human and social mission. […]

Case Study: Regional Public School District January 21, 2015

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At West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional in New Jersey, Rebecca McLelland-Crawley is leading the charge to integrate littleBits into the science curriculum and foster cross-grade mentorship throughout the district. Read more about their environmental science lessons, Maker Ambassador program and Teacher Invention Conventions in this week’s case study.

Meet The Maker: Tanaka Satoshi, Cardboard Wizard January 13, 2015

Meet Tanaka Satoshi @tanaka_satoshi   Make Dojo is a makerspace based in Japan focused on the practice of bricolage, creating projects using a diverse range of everyday objects. Make Dojo provides workshops to teach kids and adults how to rapidly prototype creations. As Make Dojo’s founder, Tanaka applies this concept to his beautiful cardboard creations, which were […]

Project of the Week: ButterBot January 12, 2015

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Rather than coffee, Milind Sonavane from Pune, India’s MakersPark, drinks freshly churned buttermilk every morning for breakfast. Making fresh buttermilk is a time consuming process, so Milind build an automated ButterBot to simplify his morning routine, and the results look delicious.

This Week in Community: #HackYourHoliday, New Years Resolutions, bitLab Modules, #CES2015 & #MakerEd January 9, 2015

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Welcome to 2015, bit’sters! Let’s take a look at how the first week of the year went in the bitosphere ICYMI.   #HackYourHoliday   Over the holidays we received a ton of awesome submissions for our #HackYourHoliday Design Challenge, from automated trains and cloud controlled trees to holiday homes and arduino-powered music boxes. This week […]

#HackYourHoliday Design Challenge Winner! January 7, 2015

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We received a ton of awesome projects this holiday season. From decorations to gifts, cloud controlled Christmas Trees to New Years Eve countdown machines. We’d like to highlight a few of our favorites and announce the winner.   WINNER OF #HACKYOURHOLIDAY: Wizarding Wand Timothy High wanted to bring the magic of the Wizarding World of […]

Meet the Maker: Michal Valoušek, winner of the #Bitify Your City challenge January 7, 2015

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Meet Michal Valoušek @msgre Congrats Michal on winning our #Bitify Your City challenge with your Madrid Masters Tennis Court! I am based in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic My maker superpower is the ability to stop everything and start tinkering when I get a great idea. I am inspired by everybody around me. I listen and look to others […]

2014 Year In Review December 23, 2014

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Why, hello there! 2014 was the biggest, boldest, most EPIC year littleBits has ever seen. We enabled the entire littleBits library to connect to the internet with the addition of our beloved cloudBit. Approximately 1,253 GIFs were sent over company email.   We launched NINE new accessories, including the Brick Adapter which took Lego + […]

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