Want to celebrate, Bitster-style? We have some ideas for inventions you can create to make your Paddy’s Day festivities a little more fun.
We love the innovative spirit of this invention and we predict this technology will influence animated and live-action films in the future.
The littleBits Global Chapters program launched just over one year ago. Since it’s inception, 250 Chapters have been started by passionate individuals and organizations in 55 countries– from Beirut to Bangkok, Cape Town to Chicago, Mexico City to Munich and so many places in between. Through these Chapter programs, we’ve seen first-hand that some of […]
This Father’s Day, encourage your Dad to get creative with these father-friendly littleBits inventions made with the Synth Kit and Smart Home Kit.
With Earth Day just around the corner and the #HackYourHabits challenge in full swing, this is the perfect time to start inventing. You might be thinking, “But what can I do to save the world?” We think that solving big challenges start with small steps. Here’s a list of invention inspiration, lesson plans, and workshop […]
Congratulations to everyone who invented a project for March’s #InventForGood Challenge! All types of devices were created including a non-violent mouse trap, a helmet with presence detection for the blind, and a sensing device that lights up when its user’s surroundings are getting too noisy or too bright. The world is now a better place because of them. We’d also […]
This challenge is now closed. Winners will be announced by Monday, May 9th Wednesday, May 11 – stay tuned! One of the coolest ways that people are using tech is to transform their bad behaviors or keep up their good habits. In this monthly challenge, we want you to choose ONE thing you do daily (or almost […]
We want to give a special shoutout to everyone who participated in February’s Animatronics Challenge! We saw a full-spectrum of electronic creatures and characters, including Minions, a dancing ballerina, Kung-Fu panda, Snoopy, peacock, crocodile, automatic drum beater, Poseidon, a coffee mate box singing Adele and Donald Trump. We’d also like to give a special thanks to Joey […]
You know you’ve had it. The moment when an object breaks or doesn’t do what you want it to and you think to yourself, “I could make this better for myself….or the world! (cue ominous laughter).” But no, really: you can. In this month’s challenge, we want you to invent a product that makes […]
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. […]
Here is a secret you might have already known about us: it consumes our lunch conversation and takes over our Wednesday nights. Some of us are game designers, some of us are game journalists, and most of us are avid gamers. And we don’t discriminate – video games, table-top, RPGs, board games, card games – […]
As piercing gusts of wind are about to cover the streets with fresh snow and the majority of us on the eastern seaboard are staying in during the blizzard. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gather the family and make some blizzard-themed projects that help you monitor the weather as well as stay entertained. […]
This blog post was written by Giorgia Gabrielli and Matthias Wolf from PlayHardware, the littleBits Chapter in Munich. Following Loop 2015 in Berlin, the Bavaria Ableton User Group and PlayHardware agreed to work together. The goal was to discover the vast possibilities when you combine littleBits with Ableton products. According to Ableton, who organized the event, Loop is three days […]
This blog post was written by Bridget McGraw (Oakland Chapter leader) & Iva Peréz (Barcelona Chapter leader). DockerCon General Session Opening Event Early in October 2015 we were hired as a “littleBits Educators” by an experience marketing agency that was producing a major technology conference, DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain. Docker is an open platform […]
Calling all zombies, witches, phantoms, and mad scientists! Use your Gizmos & Gadget Kit to invent a costume or prank, then create a a scary movie featuring your masterpiece. You can win a GoPro camera & up to $3000 worth of Bits!! Think it can’t get any better? We are combining forces with our friends at DIY.org […]
Inspired by all the far-out things happening in space lately (weird rocks found on Mars, the blue moon, etc.), I recently created a new invention and uploaded it to the littleBits Project Page: a UFO. After completing the project myself, I can attest that, while this hovercraft may look “easy” because it’s composed of common household […]
Meet Sergio Anaya, Curriculum Supervisor for the Colonial School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Sergio works with a number of different grade levels to identify real world problems and use littleBits to invent and prototype innovative solutions. Read more about their STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study. littleBits Case Study Submission By: Sergio […]
Travis Lin & Team Holihola We met Travis in person at Maker Faire San Mateo this year, although he has a littleBits community member for quite some time. He was recently accepted as a Chapter leader and hosted his first event around the BitOlympics– the competition he and his team eventually won! Where […]
This week’s Educator Spotlight shines on Scott Cleveland, a fifth grade teacher in Elsberry, Missouri. His students recently competed at the St. Louis Science Center for the Mars Rover Battle of the Best competition, sponsored by Journey to Space and littleBits.
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Last week we were super impressed and inspired by the librarians we met at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference. To keep the good vibes flowing, this week we have a case study from teacher-librarian Collette J. who is using littleBits as a learning tool in her elementary makerspace.
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 […]
This Valentine’s Day, we’ve scouted the interwebs and rounded up some pretty sweet projects that you can make for your special someone on this romantic holiday. Whether you’re in a long term, happy relationship, crushing on that new cutie at your local watering hole, or sassy, single and loving it — we’ve got you covered. […]
Last week, our team was in Orlando attending FETC, one of the largest EdTech Conferences in the US. Makerspaces, 1:1 device classrooms, gaming apps and augmented reality were all the buzz. Read the full recap of our experience in this week’s blog post.
When the quiet game isn’t working quite as you planned, this Quiet Time Machine by tombalzamo should do the trick. Tom invented a contraption that lessens the proportion of candy his kids get if they are too loud.
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 our spotlight shines on Ashley Elsdon, the producer for a learning and research project in the UK, that helps people with learning disabilities create music using readily available and affordable technology.
To celebrate the release of the SmartHome kit today we have put together something very special for all you Bit’sters out there looking for ideas to bring your home into the 21st century. From the early morning into the deep night- we like to say that there’s no place like Smart Home. Without further ado, […]
Meet Joey Wilson @joeywilson I am based in…Santa Fe, NM just beneath the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Epic cycling out my front door. 30 minutes from waist-deep powder skiing in the winter. In the spring you can do both on the same day 🙂 My maker superpower is…A healthy backlog of project ideas that I had […]
We’re super happy to introduce 3 holiday inspired packs to get you hacking your holiday in seconds. For full project instructions click on one of the thumbnails below. Interested in snagging one of these Holiday Packs? Check them out below! DIY Ornament Pack Gingerbread Hack Pack Ugly Sweater Hack Pack Happy Holidays!
As part of their makerspace programming, the Duxbury Free Library uses littleBits in lots of innovative ways: from “Tinkering Tuesdays” activities, to Halloween decorating, to creating interactive summer reading posters and more. Read more about their successes, challenges and take-aways in this public library case study.
Meet the makers who are wow-ing us this week with their incredible creations using LEGO® and our brand new Brick Adapter. They join us all the way from The Netherlands, Japan and Brazil! Meet Arthur Sacek – @_sacek I am based in…. São Paulo, Brazil My maker superpower is persistence. Most of my inventions do not […]
Want to add electronics to your Halloween costume? Now’s the time to get building! Here are five projects from the Adafruit Learning System that you can build in time for the big spooky day. They’re ordered from most challenging to easiest, so you can choose the getup that best suits your schedule. Cortana suit from […]
This week’s Project of the Week and winner of the Smarter Devices Contest is the Squirrel Cam. Joey had a unique problem – a family of squirrels moved in under his house (in the crawlspace) and he needed to relocate them. To solve this problem, Joey used littleBits, a $5 camera from a garage sale and IFTTT.
The Smarter Devices Contest has officially come to a close. Thanks to all our participants for their cloudtastic entries ranging from a mug that tweets when you cheers to a tide machine that monitors real-time wave height. Our panelists had a tough decision to make, but a couple projects really stood out. Without further ado, the winners are…
It is officially prime pumpkin season bit’sters. With Halloween around the corner it’s time to step up your gourd game with some geeky hacks. Find some inspiration below and don’t forget to tag yours on our project page and social media using the #trickswithbits hashtag to enter our Halloween contest. 1.THE MENACING CYLON Glowing red […]
Tricks with bits just might be our most favorite thing ever. This year, we’re happy to introduce 3 Halloween inspired packs to satisfy all your ghoulish goals! For full project instructions click on one of the thumbnails below. Interested in snagging one of these Halloween Packs? Check them out below! Stick Figure Costume Hack […]
It’s Halloween season bit’sters, every maker’s favorite holiday! Throughout the month of October we will be sharing all kinds of DIY tips and tricks on how to make geeky costumes, haunted hacks and groovy decorations. To celebrate we are launching a very special contest. JOIN THE #TRICKSWITHBITS CONTEST Share with us your Halloween hacks under […]
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Shapeways, the 3D printing service and marketplace, for a fun contest combining 3D printing and littleBits. The winner will get over $5,000 in prizes, including a littleBits Pro Library!
Jacina Leong and the team at The Cube, an evolving hub of STEAM at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, are integrating creative thinking and learning modalities using littleBits. Read more about their ongoing library outreach and holiday workshops, as well as plans for a pre-service education program.
A mobile makerspace in Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN is providing creative outlets and learning opportunities for their patients, as well as seeding a unique exploration in medical care from the child’s perspective. Read more about this inspiring project inside.
This week, we’re spotlighting Leo Saccomanno, one of the leaders of the F Play Project. Leo and the folks over at Cre-Arte are working to create opportunities for people with disabilities using their creative, cultural and artistic abilities.
From the era of private spaceflight, to the recent evidence of the Big Bang, to armchair exploration via Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new “Cosmos” documentary, space is once again central to the cultural conversation. With that, we are excited to launch the littleBits Space Kit!
Meet Max Noble – his students call him T. Max. He is a STEAM educator who runs an experimental creativity center for kids and ‘big kids’ in Taiwan. He is also the mastermind behind some of our favorite littleBits projects like Shakey, the 3d-printed robotic arm and the Crayon Lathe. Click to find out more!