The Dallas littleBits of Things chapter is a team of makers that want to share information and enlighten our community about the capabilities of these incredible little modules. Our goal is to lead by example and provide information on how these modules can add value to ones overall projects.
I enjoy building projects with my 2 kids. My kids call littlebits as 'tricks'. It's very magical for them. I am software developer passionate to learn about Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
Son: Dad, Darth Vader is in my room. Dad: Use The Force, Son!Here's an Augmented Reality Wearable project done using Littlebits, A...
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Let's explore the wonderful world of home automation using the Amazon Echo and our trusty, easy to use, littleBits modules!
Beginners to Advanced and everyone inbetween is invited!
Part 1: This talk will demonstrate how Node can be used to quickly add new skills to the Amazon Echo. Through Amazon's serverless AWS Lambda, any voice command can be created to integrate with your favorite smart devices and APIs. We will show three custom Alexa skills we have built, and as a group we will be creating a new Alexa skill and publishing it to the Amazon store.
Once we have this setup properly, Part 2 will discuss how we can further build upon this platform by incorporating the littleBits modules.
No soldering required, these littleBits modules simply snap together magnetically! I hope to see everyone there!
Compass PHS (3102 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX) Dallas, TX, United States
9:00AM 27 October 2015
littleBits and Barnes & Noble are partnering up to conduct the first-ever retail Mini-Maker Faire. Parents, kids, educators, makers, and tech enthusiasts will have the chance to build with the littleBits Workshop Kit, which incorporates the littleBits invention cycle (create, play, remix, share), and discuss the inspiration for their inventions and how they used littleBits to make their ideas a reality. The event takes place from Nov 6 - Nov 8 at all of their US locations and YOU'RE invited.
1430 Plaza Place Southlake, TX 76092 Dallas, TX, United States
12:00PM 7 November 2015
International Mini Maker Faire is coming to Houston Texas !
For more details and information check out the facebook event using the link above.
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010 Dallas, TX, United States
11:00AM 14 November 2015
I thought we could kick the year off by focusing on the kids! At this event we will explore electronics and invention by building and creating with Legos and littleBits (electronic modules that snap together)!
No electrical engineering experience needed.
Registration is required here: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138844867&dateid=2138921738
For ages 8–17.
3020 N Locust St, Denton, Texas 76209 Dallas, TX, United States
6:30PM 16 February 2016
We are going to get together and throw around ideas for the Animatronics Challenge by LittleBits.. As always, ALL is welcome!
From February 1-29, we challenge you to invent an electronic creature or character using littleBits, then film it in action. We want to see you design a creature that mimics life, a character that has personality. Does it flutter it’s eyelashes? Have a distinctly pitched voice? Slither in an all too real way? These aren’t your typical metallic, mechanistic robots. Friends, we want nothing short of the illusion of life.
You can be….
a puppetmaster ninja by wirelessly controlling your characters from afar!
an electronic zoologist by designing an electronic version of your favorite animal or invent a completely new species!
a top performer by creating an mask that moves!
a merry prankster by building a scary stuffed animal that comes alive when you walk by!
HOW IT WORKS
Brainstorm your electronic creature. Is it an animal? A person? Does it move or speak or breathe? How do you want it to look? See Pro Tips for more ideas.
Bring your character to life. Construct your circuit, then instill it with quirkiness. Remember: weirdness is wonderful. See Pro Tips for a few how-tos.
Make a video. We want to see your creation in action. Film a quick movie to show us how you made it or to tell us a story and take pictures as you Tell us a story or show us how it was made.
Share your masterpiece. Enter the challenge by uploading your animatronic or puppet to the community Invent page using #animatronicschallenge by February 29 at midnight EST.
Here are a few prompts to get you started:
Build yourself a new friend or pet. Tell the story of how you met.
Choose an inanimate object in your house and make it come to life. Tell the story of a flight it had with another object.
Create a mythical animal. Tell the story of a past adventure.
Make an animatronic version of a famous person. Recreate a famous scene that person is known for.
5865 Kincaid Rd, Ste E-8, Plano, Texas 75024 Dallas, TX, United States
11:00AM 6 February 2016
FAB Now - the Conference & EXPO for and about MAKERS and Makerspaces is happening again!
The last FAB Now (2015) was attended by makers of all kinds, from all over North Texas. Our lead sponsor again this year, Tarrant County College, and the newly forming Texas Makers' Guild, welcomes teachers, librarians, engineers and computer scientists, artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and small business owners & developers, chefs and writers, musicians and makers of all ages, Senior Citizens to K-12 students to listen to the State of Making, and to collaborate and network at the Conference, and showcase their projects and passions at the EXPO.
There is NO Registration Fee again this year, but we ask that you register so we don't overflow our space as we nearly did last year -
Please see: bit.ly/1RctdEj or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fab-now-conference-2016-registration-19964212497
Once there, you'll also find additional info on FAB Now 2016.
The EXPO is 9-5 on Sat., 1-5 pm on Sun - I am only attending Sunday but obviously you're welcome to go Saturday or Sunday or both days!
300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, TX Dallas, TX, United States
1:00PM 21 February 2016
Hackster Hardware Meetup has some Littlebits that you can build and try out. We will be talking about Amazon Echo and how it can be connected with Littlebits Arduino.
Brief introduction to Amazon Echo. We will do a presentation and workshop how to create custom Alexa Skills. We will demo projects created in Amazon Echo.If you want to hack the Amazon Echo, this is your chance, we have 5 Amazon Echo available to hack during the meetup. We'll talk about our upcoming Amazon Echo Hackathon.
It's recommended to bring a laptop or a tablet of your own if you have one.
Dallas Makerspace - 1825 Monetary Lane, Suite 104, Carrollton, TX Dallas, TX, United States
6:00PM 6 June 2016
Each year our community around the world gather on a single day to learn and make together. We call this NodeBots Day! This year it's on July 30, 2016
Nodebots attracts a large collection of Makers, Web Developers, Students, and Engineers. Each Event has a slightly different crowd, but they are all unique opportunities to reach a strong community of people who do interesting stuff.
What to bring:
2. Hardware components you want to connect to Littlebits Arduino
3. Your ideas and desire to learn
Bring your personal projects to demo. Post your hardware projects at Hackster.io
Improving 16633 Dallas Parkway Suite 100 Addison, TX Dallas, TX, United States
10:00AM 30 July 2016
Learn to program in the C language on the Arduino Platform following the self-paced modules from Programming Electronics Academy. As sponsors of this meetup, Programming Electronics Academy gives us full access to their programming and electronics training during our weekly meetups.
Please bring your Laptop. We have a limited number Littlebit Arduinos that attendees can borrow. Attendees need to register to receive access to the Programming Electronics Academy content. You can sign up for the course material at David Riewe's site.
It would save some time if can get the Arduino IDE installed on your laptop ahead of time, but If you have trouble, we'll be there to help you get the Arduino IDE up and running.
It would be a good idea to bring some headphones. That way, you can move at your own pace without disrupting the rest of the students.
There is a description of the curriculum and answers to some frequently asked questions available at the Dallas Makerspace Wiki.
David Riewe is an Electronics Tech with over 20 years of experience in the computer industry. He enjoys hacking electronics, learning about new devices and programming.
Improving Enterprises 16633 Dallas Parkway Suite 100 Addison, TX Dallas, TX, United States
6:00PM 21 September 2016
The theme of this meetup is Halloween hack. If you have ideas to make your halloween extra special, let's build it together.
October's platform is Blynk! Blynk is a drag-n-drop IoT app builder for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP8266, and SparkFun boards. You use an iOS and Android app to build a graphic interface for your project by simply dragging and dropping widgets.
SparkFun has provided us with ten Blynk Boards to experiment with. We'll do a quick walk-through of the board and then split up into teams to see what we can build.
You don't have to use SparkFun Blynk to participate in our hacks. Just bring your ideas, halloween supplies. We have micro-controller boards, sensors that you can use for your project. Our only request is to document your project at Hackster.io
Here are some Halloween projects at Hackster
Littlebits have some simple Halloween projects
Dallas Makerspace 1825 Monetary Lane, Suite 104, Carrollton, TX Dallas, TX, United States
6:00PM 27 October 2016
littleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from a own remote controlled car to a smart home device.
1) littleBits are a platform of easy-to-use TECHNOLOGY KITS empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small.
2) littleBits are STEM TOOLS that empower everyone to create inventions, large and small.
3) littleBits are a platform of ELECTRONIC BUILDING BLOCKS that empower everyone to
create inventions, large and small.
These are Great Christmas gifts.
• littleBits are for kids eight & up.
• Each kit contains a guidebook that takes kids step-by-step through inventions.
• Bits are magnetic, making it easy and fast to build circuits.
• Bits are reusable, allowing for thousands of invention possibilites.
• The platform is modular, which means that kids customize their circuit to their needs.
Littlebits is going to be at Microsoft stores. Take the kids with you to try out some bits. If you have projects that you want to demo, take them with you.
Checkout some projects at Hackster.io
If you have a project that you're interested in doing, we can loan out hardware for you. We have Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Particle Photon, Intel Edison, Tessel, NXP boards, Creator boards, Hardware kits, and lots more. All you have to do is to create a new project at Hackster.io https://www.hackster.io/projects/new
Describe what you want to do, then send us a link. Post some pictures. Return them when you're done. We have Hackster swags when you post any of your projects.
Microsoft Store - NorthPark Center 8687 N Central Expy #1612, Dallas, TX Dallas, TX, United States
12:00PM 18 December 2016