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littleBits – Electronic Modules That Snap Together

We were provided with a starter kit for this review.

I was watching CNN on a weekend and they have these clips about new innovative products and other up and coming entrepreneurs. Its a great show and always has something interesting to offer. There was a segment on littleBits and its founder and the show and product caught my attention for many reasons.kaila playing with stem toys littlebits
First it caught my attention because it had bright colorful lights and it was electrical. Coming from a computer engineering background of some sorts I have always been fascinated with electronics and I can safely safe I think most people are these days in some way. But what mainly caught my attention was her story of making this for aal kids, girls and boys.kid playing with littlebits circuits
The segment has to be caught, because she does say in it honestly that she of course wants to see girls using these the most, which makes me veryy happy to hear!

LittleBits starter kit contains:

  • 1x bargraph  –  lights up on a scale of 5 LEDS with vary colors
  • 1x button  –  simple push button switch for on/off function
  • 1 dimmer   –  knob style dimmer to turn power between low and max.
  • 1 LED  –  bight light (green color)
  • 1 power  –  hooks to 9V batter to provide power
  • 1 pulse  –  adjustable pulse to make circuit strobe
  • 1x RGB LED  –  adjustable color LED, can be adjusted by turn up and down Red, Green, & Blue hues
  • 1x vibration motor  –  when activated, its vibrates. Works with dimmer, pulse, etc.
  • 1x wire  –  extend your workspace or device, great for adding littleBits into things like glasseslittlebits starter kit

My oldest is very interested in many things I am. And I have sometimes think it is not necessarily due to me, but her environment and growing up in the 21st century. I loved technology and ideas because they were up and coming in the 1980s. She shows a strong attachment to science and I cannot do anything but push her to pursue her intrigues and interests.

I told Kaila about littleBits and showed her the website and she was excited. We reached out to littleBits and was able to score a starter kit for review. We anxiously waited and Kaila thought these were the “neatest little cool electronic lights and things.”

She has been interested in electricity and energy and anytime we visit a science center she pays attention to any demonstrations and recognizes that electricity has a current, much like many things in life.

littlebits circuit created with lights
But what sets littleBits apart is the intricate components that she can actually see and connect with others. These are safe as to not let currents get hooked up backwards to fry and burn them out, but you can trace the leads from the connections to an Integrated circuit (IC) or LED or other component and on again to the next in the chain.
Not only can she hook things up to create different systems, but she can see how electronics work inside of them with out all the plastic coverings.

And we can hook up circuits to play games with Brooklin too. Or just let her get wacky with whatever she wants to make. Whats great is overtime they recognize what these And there are so many other littleBits parts to add-in. Our future purchase will include the UV wire, light wire, motion sensor, or the list will go on. Seriously, if you have a little scientist or even yourself have been fascinated with little gizmos like these, littleBits are great and can really be turned into some functional items. We are getting Here are some pictures to show off the LEDS. Starter Kits can vary.

littleBits Coupon Code:  code ordinarylife will give you $10 off your purchase through 9/15

5 Comments

  1. Kristin on September 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    We have fun and still find new uses for them all the time. Our oldest wants to use them for her costume for Halloween some way, we need the wire light! She put them up in our Halloween vilage for light effects. We will have to come upload a project!



  2. Cynthia on August 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    When you make a project with littleBits, come over to our site and upload pictures or a video on our project page. We’re collecting up a great big encyclopedia of fun ideas for kids.
    Here’s how:
    1. Sign up for a littleBits account (littlebits.com/signup)
    2. Name your creation (e.g. Morse Code Machine or My 1st Robot)
    3. Add a brief description of your project (the Bits and materials you used) and the motivation for your project (e.g. solving a design challenge)
    4. Click “Create Project” to add photos and/or a video of your project
    5. Publish your project and share it with your friends!
    And we might just offer you a discount on your next purchase!



  3. Janet W. on August 6, 2013 at 2:27 am

    This is really neat! The bright colors are very eye catching!



  4. Mary Withrow on August 6, 2013 at 12:02 am

    These would be fantastic for science projects at school. I too love the bright colors. I have a little one interested in building items as well.



  5. Toni Marie Caravello on August 5, 2013 at 4:03 am

    This is so cool. I remember when you the that electronic shack store (don’t want to mention any brands) used to be like the place you could go to get transistors and build “radios” and other devices. This is a throw back with a modern twist I think. Thanks for the tip.