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

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January 9, 2015

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 we announced the winner of a brand spanking new Smart Home Kit: Timothy High’s Wizarding Wand. Timothy crafted a cloud controlled wand right out of Harry Potter to make holiday magic happen. He also consulted fellow bit’sters on our forum for ideas and inspiration.
Watch his magically heart warming video:

 

 

 

ButterBot

 

This week we highlighted The ButterBot, a project that could help us keep to our New Year’s Resolution of staying healthy. Created by Milind Sonavane from Pune, India’s MakersPark, the ButterBot is a cloud-controlled automated buttermilk churner that separates the milk from fat to create a healthy alternative to your morning cup of joe. Cheers to buttermilk!

 

 

 

bitLab

 

With only a couple voting days left, The Crated’s Tilt Bit got the final push it needed to reach 1000 votes & move into the review process! Congrats Maddy & Mari!

Now, with five modules in production & three modules in review, it’s time to see who’s next in 2015. We already have some killer submissions that are waiting for your vote:

Joystick Module

 

The Wii Bit

 

Scratch Module

 

Humidity Sensor

 

 

#CES2015

 

This week a few team members took a trip to Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. We set up project demos at Refinery29’s Millennial Women’s Loft and had some bits to play with at Atmel’s Maker booth!

 

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3 Times a Matey Jam Session

 

Mark Dalzell from New Jersey’s Metropolis Music got a couple of buddies together to perform this epic seven minute long jam session with a pile of littleBits Synth modules!

 

 

Salesforce LittleBits Connector – Opportunity Probability Indicator

 

Using the cloudBit & a servo motor, Andy Fawcett from Salesforce made a creative a way to track opportunity probability at work. He’s also open to suggestions. Check out his ideas GitHub page and contribute!

 

 

 

SoftBits Live

 

Peter Churchyard launched his SoftBits Live on Modders & Rockers! SoftBits makes programming our arduino bit easy, like Scratch for littleBits. Check out his demo video:

 

 

 

Education 2014 Year in Review

 

Lastly, we posted a recap of last year in littleBits maker education. Shout out to all the teachers, tutors, professors & educators who used littleBits with their students & made something that did something!

 

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