Community News: Show your true colors with LEDs

Use Bits and your wits to compete in the illuminating invention challenge today.

February 27, 2017

Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features dancing robots and illuminating inventions.

Community Hall of Fame

Disco Robot by Yuziana and her Dad, Carl Mangold, is a remote controlled dance robot, with colorful disco lights on his belly.  Says Yuziana, “First, I made a littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit Bitbot with caterpillar tracks instead of wheels… For the Teletubbies inspired belly display, we used 25 Adafruit NeoPixels in a square. The pixels are controlled by a littleBits Arduino… To bring the robot to life, my dad programmed it a nice heartbeat… There are quite a few Bits in the robot: two DC motors for the caterpillar tracks, three servos for the arms and head, a wireless receiver and an Arduino Bit.”

WOW, so cool! They even made a music video with their disco robot. Let’s watch:

 

Create an Illuminating Invention

Illuminate your world using Bits! The invention of electric light was a game-changer for all human (and non-human!) kind. In this challenge, we want you to harness the all-powerful LED to build your own glowing invention. You can create…

  • a secret flashlight for late-night reading
  • a hat that lights the way on your next adventure
  • a lantern to decorate a party
  • a machine that makes light dance
  • a bioluminescent animal

To keep this glowing goodness flowing, we’ve extended the challenge deadline until March 31 at 11:59 pm ET.  Remember: you can submit as many inventions as you’d like and edit any submission up until the deadline.

Use your inventor imagination to brighten up any dark situation. Take the challenge here.

New & Noteworthy

Check out how these Bitsters light up the world with their illuminating inventions.

Robots Alive! is by Pamela and students from the Buchanan District Library in Michigan.  “We created robots with moving wheels and arms, a rotating head, lots of lights and our robot talks too. This was a team project . One group controlled wheels and lights, another the arms and lights, and another the head and sound.”

 

Illuminating Bathroom Sign by J.L. Halley is a restroom vacancy sign. “With my invention you will NEVER walk in on someone in the bathroom again!”

 

Jedi Star fighter by Justin. “This high tech Pinewood Derby car was designed to look like a Jedi Star Fighter and can be controlled by the littleBits app to light up and beep.”

 

Keep up the good work, Bitsters. We can’t wait to see what you invent next.  🙂


Jude Brisson
Online Community Manager