New to the Exploration Kits? In this post, we’ve compiled a number of helpful links to help you get started making with littleBits. Check out our Kit insider videos and scroll down further for module specific tips & tricks.
The Base Kit includes everything you need to start designing and prototyping your own interactive creations, including a 9V battery an attractive, re-usable case and the motorMate which makes it super simple to attach wheels, cardboard and other materials to the DC motor. There’s also a handy Project Booklet, with step-by-step instructions for 8 great projects like the Art Bot and Three Wheeler.
The Premium Kit was designed for those that crave creativity and includes everything you need to start designing and prototyping your own inventions, including a 9V battery, a custom made screwdriver for fine-tuning, a vibeSnap to attach your Vibration Motor and an attractive, re-usable case. This Kit also comes with a Project Booklet that provides easy-to-follow instructions for 10 amazing projects, including the Playful Pet and an update on the classic Piggy Bank. The Premium Kit is a sure-fire way to keep the creativity flowing!
The Deluxe Kit has everything you need to build the interactive creations you’ve been dreaming of, including a battery — it’s a well-stocked littleBits collection just by itself. There’s also a new, expanded Project Booklet with some spectacular projects like the Unihorn Helmet and the famousSwimming Shark. The Deluxe Kit is a long-term investment in creativity!
TIPS & TRICKS
A LED, or light-emitting diode, is a tiny but powerful type of light! You see it every day in electronic items like traffic signals, video displays, and remote controls. They produce a very bright light and at littleBits, they come in a variety of types, including LED, RGB LED, UV LED, bright LED, and a long LED. LEDs are green output modules.
The dimmer module lets you control your creations with a simple knob. Turn it clockwise to send more signal to the following modules. Try using it to control how much your vibration motor is buzzing and bouncing around.
You control the slide dimmer module by moving its lever from one end of the module to the other. It functions just like a light dimmer you might find at home, or a volume fader in a recording studio. Follow it with an LED for some adjustable mood lighting.
The button module is a classic: big, round and springy for comfortable pressing! Push to turn your creation on, and release to turn it off. Snap a buzzer in place after your button to sound out signals in morse code!
The buzzer’s function is simple, it makes noise whenever it’s connected to a power module. However, there is an art to using the buzzer module, and mastering this art takes practice.
The DC (or “Direct Current”) motor module rotates a shaft when you send it an ON signal. It even has a switch to set the direction of rotation! Try attaching various things to make windmills, cars, helicopters and more.
motorMate works with the DC motor. This makes it easy to attach wheels, paper, cardboard, and lots of other materials to the DC motor. Simply slide it on the “D” shape of the shaft. A LEGO™ axle also fits in the end.
The fan module is just what you’d think: a small electric fan tethered to a littleBits module. It’s great for those hot summer nights. Use our little fan to create fluttering movement in your creations or just to keep yourself cool.
The inverter is a very contrary logic module. It sends out the opposite of whatever it receives: send it an ON signal, and the inverter changes it to an OFF signal, or vice versa.
Use the latch to turn any momentary input, like a button or a trigger module, into an ON/OFF switch, like a toggle! If you place a button in front of the latch, pressing the button once will turn it ON, and pressing it again will turn it OFF again. Or for even more fun, place a sound trigger in front of the latch, and a light after it…then, just snap your fingers!
The light sensor measures how much light is shining on it. It has two modes: “light” and “dark.” In “light” mode, the more light shines on the sensor, the higher the signal it sends out. In “dark” mode, it’s just the opposite – the signal increases the darker it gets. You can use a screwdriver to adjust the sensitivity. Use a bargraph to see how it’s working!
The light wire module is almost four feet long and its entire length glows a soft blue. It’s made of special stuff called “electroluminescent wire,” which is great to form into glowing shapes.
The pressure sensor is an amazingly tactile input module that is versatile and fun to use in projects. With the a squeeze of the circular pad, you can activate your circuit. The more pressure you place on the module, the higher the output signal will be and vice-versa. This means that you have more control over the output in your circuit. Try it with a bargraph or a buzzer.
The pulse module is like an electronic heartbeat. It sends out a stream of short ON signals, and you can make the speed of the pulses faster or slower using the included screwdriver. It’s great for making LEDs blink! We see and hear the effects of pulses everyday; for instance, that steady beat you hear playing in your favorite song or the steady blinking of a bike light is controlled by a pulse.
The roller switch is a handy module — it has a little lever with a wheel, and activates when something moves past it. You can also flip the mode switch to make it turn off when the lever is pushed in. Try that mode with an LED to make a fridge light.
The servo module is a fun and intriguing module with limitless uses. Unlike the DC motor that spins continuously, the servo is a controllable motor that can move to exact positions.
As you might have guessed, the sound trigger module responds to sound. That means, you can activate your circuit without even touching it. When you make a noise, the sound trigger sends an ON signal to the modules that follow it.
The timeout module is essentially a timer that you can set to turn something on or turn something off after a determined period of time (between 1 second and 5 minutes). The timeout does not work as an input by itself. It needs to be used in combination with another input before it. For example, the button and the timeout go really well together.
The vibration motor module creates quite a buzz. It’s similar to the device that makes your cellphone shake when you get a text. With this module, you can make any project buzz and hum.