We were recently made aware that some customers were finding it difficult snapping inventions to their mounting boards. If you’ve experienced this we’ve got some suggestions to help:
1) Snap the bits together first, then connect your circuit to the mounting board.
2) When creating a circuit with the Power Bit or Wireless Bit try placing the Bit on the edge of the board.
3) Flip your mounting board 180 degrees & press your circuit back in.
4) Try repositioning your circuit on another part of the mounting board.
We’ve found that sometimes mounting boards need to be worn in, like a pair of shoes. If you still have problems with your mounting boards, please contact our customer service team at [email protected] and we will help you troubleshoot or replace them ASAP.
WHAT IS THE MOUNTING BOARD?
The mounting board allows you to keep your circuit intact and move it around with ease! Simply snap together your littleBits circuit and press the feet of your modules into the holes of the mounting board.
*Hold your circuit upside down, vertically, and carry it from place to place without it coming apart.
*There are four holes in the corners so you can permanently mount your circuit to any surface, project, or permanent installation.
*Mounting boards come 2 to a pack and can be used individually or tiled to accommodate circuits as large as you can make.
THINGS TO NOTE
For larger circuits, you can either extend from one mounting board to another using a wire in between, or you can simply position the mounting boards so that their edges are flush, and use your circuit to hold the mounting boards together.
What about the battery?
The battery tends to be a bit heavy and does not have little feet that fit into the holes of the mounting board (like the modules do). We suggest using glue dots or a strong double-sided tape to stick the battery down to the mounting board. If you happen to have a 3d-printer, you can print out our file for a battery holder that has little feet just like the modules do.
TECHNIQUES FOR MOUNTING YOUR CIRCUIT ON A VARIETY OF SURFACES
Place your circuit anywhere! In this section, we show a variety of techniques for connecting the mounting board with other surfaces. We hope these techniques will provide inspiration for your upcoming projects.
Note: When mounting the board on a surface, you will want to make sure that it sits flat. If the surface is uneven or slightly curved, try using washers or foam tape to even the out the corners. If the mounting board in uneven, your circuit is more likely to pop out.
1. Use screws
Grab a screwdriver or electric drill and go vertical with your circuit. Mount the board on the wall, the ceiling, a block or wood, or even a skateboard. Screws make a strong connection the board and the surface you mount it to. This can be a great for more permanent project solutions.
2. Stick it to ‘em
Use a strong double-sided adhesive tape to stick the board to any surface. We used 3M VHB tape to stick this circuit underneath a table.
3. Make it magnetic
Want to stick your circuit to a metal surface? Why not try magnets? Cut four pieces from an adhesive-backed magnetic strip and stick them to the corners of your mounting board. Slap the board on your refrigerator or stick inside your locker. This is a less permanent solution that allows you to easily remove and place your circuit on a variety of metal surfaces.
Velcro makes a strong connection that can also be easily disconnected, making this mounting board technique a semi-permanent solution. We used adhesive backed Velcro and placed the hook-side on the board and the loop-side by our window. With a light sensor and a couple of LEDs, this circuit makes the perfect portable and bedside nightlight.
5. Hang it
Thread some string through some or all of the holes to make a hanging light fixture or stylish neckpiece.
6. Add some structure
Use small zip ties (or twist ties) to connect the boards together. Rather than using other materials for structure, try using the mounting board instead.
7. Hang it on a nail
Hammer a couple of nails in the wall and hang your circuit up. If you use nails with very small heads, it makes it east to slide the mounting board on and off. This can be great for storing your circuit mid-project. You can also try pushpins.
8. Make a double-sided mounting board
Wrap a couple of rubber bands around the ends of the mounting boards to make one double-sided board. Now you have double the surface area! This is a great compact way to place a larger circuit in a project. You can also try placing a few glue dots in between.
9. Sew it
Attach your circuit to fabric by threading a needle (+thread) through the four corner holes on the mounting board. Attach to a pillow, a messenger bag or your favorite hoodie.
We love Sugru here at littleBits. Sugru is a self-setting clay-like substance that dries with a silicone-like texture. It is quite strong and is great for making feet for a mounting board stand.
THE MOUNTING BOARD IN ACTION:
In this section, check out some great applications for the mounting board in projects. Each project falls under a section that highlights the winning characteristics of the mounting board.
1. Great as a workspace / makes prototyping easy
Use the mounting board as a space for configuring, reconfiguring, and preserving circuits. Mounting boards are great for the classroom and compliment the Synth Kit for just this reason.
* Make workstations for the classroom — Use the holes on the four corners of the mounting board to screw two boards down to a piece of wood. This workstation is durable, portable and will prevent circuits from coming apart.
* Synth Kit setup — Lay down a couple mounting boards and keep those music-making circuits intact while still allowing for improvisation. Keep it simple or design your own Synth Pro Station.
* CNC machine prototyping station — Do you wish to be able to easily switch modules in and out of a project? Try incorporating a prototyping station like we did with this littleBits Piccolo CNC Bot.
2. Holds modules together and firmly in place
With the mounting board, you don’t have to worry about your circuit breaking apart. Now you can broaden your littleBits horizons and take your circuit to new places, like on a skateboard.
* Skateboard — Trick out your ride with littleBits light effects. This sound-activated skateboard lights up the streets with LEDs and a light wire as you ride along. Simply attach your modules to the bottom of the skateboard with mounting boards! Hit the road and never look back.
3. Mount modules on vertical surfaces
Try any of the techniques above to mount circuits sideways, upside-down, and in projects.
* Make a doorbell in minutes — Combine a power module with a button and a buzzer, snap them on a mounting board, and mount the board on the wall. Try mounting other circuits to the wall. Make a toothbrush timer for your bathroom, or a night light for your hallway.
Now you can grab and go with littleBits. Snap modules onto a mounting board and take it with you.
* DIY Book light — Use binder clips to attach a mounting board with the circuit (power + light trigger + wire + branch + 2 long LEDs) to the back of your book. Read anywhere at anytime!
* Multi-exposure flash — Wow your photography friends with this DIY flash attachment. Mount this portable attachment to your camera with Sugru, set the pulse and timeout modules, and watch the bright LEDs flash to create some super cool imagery.
The mounting boards are solid pieces of plastic that not only hold modules, but can also become structural building materials in projects. Check out two stellar examples below.
* Boombox — This portable mini boombox is great for carrying around town. Just place a synth circuit (with 2 speakers) on two sandwiched mounting boards and add an exterior casing. Then spread some music love to the streets.
* Mounting Board Puppy Robot — This little puppy bot has two mounting boards for a body. Just add littleBits and some sturdy legs to get him walking. Control his stride by adjusting the pulse and slide dimmers that connect to his servo-activated legs. Activate the sound and motion triggers and he will happily come over and greet you.
Incorporate the mounting board in your wearable projects. Use the holes at the four corners to fix your mounting board to fabric with needle and thread.
* Turn signals for cyclists — Sew some straps onto a mounting board so that you can wear it on your back. Snap your circuit with flashing bargraphs on the board and place pressure sensors on the straps near your shoulders. Place a cover with arrows over the mounting board and safely ride on into the night. Circuit: power + branch + the following from two arms of the branch (wire + pressure sensor + wire + timeout + pulse + wire + bargraph + bargraph). This is a prototype, so we used paper, but ideally this design would be water and wind proof :).
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