Community News: Your magical future awaits…

Use Bits and your wits to create magical inventions this holiday season.

November 7, 2016

Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of awesome creations from inventors like you. This week’s edition features fantastic beasts and an enchanted car.

Community Hall of Fame

Avery and her family made a slithering animatronic snake that looks like it came straight from Harry Potter! They call it the Parselbot.  “My invention gives you the ability to control and influence a snake – just like a Parselmouth! Well, at least it appears that way! Practice your magic skills and impress your family and friends using BLE Bit technology and an iPad (or other smart device) with the littleBits app.”  Let’s watch Avery reenact a scene from her favorite wizarding movie as her brother, Jack, controls the snake with a tablet.

 

Magic of Invention Challenge

Break out your brooms and get ready for our most magical journey yet! This holiday season, may we present to you the Magic of Invention challenge.

Magic-of-Invention

We challenge you to use your inner magic to create a Harry Potter-inspired invention. You can…

  • Show us your best spell
  • Recreate your favorite scene
  • Build a magical animatronic creature
  • Forge an enchanted tool

You could win up to $200 in Bits and magical swag – there will be 8 winners total!  Take the Challenge.

Magical Inventions

Not quite sure where to start?  Here are three magical inventions to get you feeling inspired…

Buckbeak’s Flight (Harry Potter and the Hippogriff) by Timothy High and his daughter, Carolina.  “With the help of littleBits, you can re-enact the scene of Harry Potter going for the ride of his life on his new friend, Buckbeak the Hippogriff!  Using only components from the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition, you can use a smartphone to fly a Lego creature through the sky by dangling from a string.  The circuit is a bit like a modified version of the BitBot circuit, except it only uses one Bluetooth LE component, and uses the the motors/wheels together to roll across a string in one direction.”

 

AlexanderBits built the Voldemort Disarmer, with Bits and accessories from the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition. When Alexander shakes his phone like a magic wand, the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Bit makes the tip of Harry Potter’s wand glow. Next the servo opens the box and starts automatically battling He Who Shall Not Be Named.

 

Gavin remixed the SpinRoller to make the Dudley Family Car, which he controls with a smartphone and two Bluetooth Low Energy Bits.  He made the car chassis from cardstock and construction paper. Let’s watch him test it out with his family:

 

What will you invent?  Don’t hesitate – your magical future awaits!  We can’t wait to see what you invent next.  🙂


Jude Brisson
Online Community Manager