littleBits Base Kit - Rule Your Room
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- Kids can develop engineering and problem-solving skills by creating interactive inventions
- Build infinitely customizable inventions by combining littleBits with anything your kids own
- Get step-by-step instructions for 8 inventions, 1 challenge, and inspiration for thousands more
- Kids can gain the confidence and curiosity to understand their surroundings and reinvent them
- Minimize screen time with a toolbox that kids can use again and again to create new toys
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One kit. Hundreds of gifts. Winner of 15+ awards & gift guides, the Rule Your Room Kit empowers your kids to transform any boring old object into an awesome, interactive invention. They'll have so much fun controlling their stuff with touch-activated inventions, they won't even realize they're gaining STEM/STEAM skills.
From the Manufacturer
Create tomorrow’s innovators and idea-makers with littleBits electronic building blocks. These easy-to-use Bits make creative discovery and invention a snap for next-generation thinkers, designers, and tinkerers of all ages and genders. No programming, soldering or wiring required.
Develop kids creative, design, and critical-thinking skills. Evolve the way your kids think with the littleBits cycle of invention: create > play > remix > share. Whether they use the instructions or build straight from their imagination, they start creating something. Use it, improve it, experiment - then inspire others by showing the world what they've created.
Kids can develop engineering and problem-solving skills through creating interactive inventions.
Build infinitely customizable inventions by combining littleBits with anything your kids own
The Rule Your Room Kit comes with instructions for 8 inventions such as a Burglar Buzzer, Domain Defender, Top Secret Safe and inspiration for thousands more!
One kit. Hundreds of gifts. littleBits is #1 for exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math at home and in the classroom. The kits are constantly featured in tech publications like Engadget, WIRED, and Popular Mechanics, and given awards and coveted mentions in gift guides from parent & teacher resources like Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and School Library Journal.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Simple. Playful. Powerful.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
I am inspired by the other building blocks of our time: the concrete block, the LEGO brick, the transistor. My main motivation in creating littleBits was to equip people with the skills and interests needed to thrive in today’s tech-filled world. At littleBits, we see technology as a language, and believe that nowadays, those who don’t speak it can be paralyzed. Everyone should be able to build, invent, and prototype with electronics independent of age, gender and technical background, and littleBits allows just that.
What makes your product special?
littleBits is more than a product, it is a platform for large and small inventions. We spend more than eleven hours a day with technology, but most people don’t know how it works, and spend the majority of their time consuming media. We believe people are born creative, and our electronic building blocks help to unleash the inventor within by engaging them in an incredibly powerful, exhilarating and most importantly, fun process of invention, rather than prescribing one-off experiences.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Sampling, testing, redesigning, resampling and retesting our magnetic connectors was nothing short of exhausting. We worked with world class designers and manufacturers to perfect the magical and gratifying "click" of the Bits connecting, to make creating inventions with littleBits extremely intuitive and fun.
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So what's included in this kit?
-You get a power plugin (9v battery included, but the power module is a barrel plug that would connect to a standard 9v "wall wort" or A/C plug).
-One potentiometer (allows turning voltage up or down to control various projects)
-One sound sensor
-One servo (think windshield wiper motor)
-A few assorted bits (the "makey makey" hub, or a bar graph that lights up LEDs based on how much power comes through, and some plastic support parts, like the LittleBits project boards to allow you to to mount your projects semi-permanently in place)
Overall, this is a cute kit. With some imagination you could do a lot of neat things with this. As the book points out, the servo motor that's used to create a "moving poster" (think a windshield wiper with a shark picture taped on it) could also be used to attach a simple loop so your kids can try throwing ping-pong balls or paper airplanes through a moving target. That's the sort of creative thinking this kit really teaches you. You won't learn a ton of actual electronics, but you will get a ton of ideas for how to use these bits to accomplish some cool ideas. And LittleBits, like SnapCircuits, sells a ton of other modules that can re-use these parts
As an adult, I can appreciate these pieces as-is. The potentiometer is a "real" potentiometer that you'd use in electrical engineering, it's just hooked up in a way to make it easier to implement. The power plug is a "real" power plug, not some proprietary toy. And the parts are universal for LittleBits. The LittleBits power hub in this is the same as I'd use if I wanted to play with their synthesizer modules to allow my smartphone to play music, is the same as their controllers for robots, and so on. This is like a gateway drug for electronic engineers- get it for your kids, then buy a couple add-ons for yourself. It's neat that these kid-appropriate parts extend to all ages.
In fact I already have plans to get the add-on MIDI synthesizer module, which will allow my Korg SQ-1 Synthesizer to start making music with other LittleBits components. These same parts that are totally appropriate for children, can be unsnapped and added to an adult project in moments. That's the real power here- these bits could follow a kid for their whole life, so long as you'll help coach them a little in the process of getting started and learning to experiment.
Bought one for Christmas to do some experimentation at my 9 y/o's pace - he sees me prototyping projects with Raspberry Pis, and the like, so his interest has been high.
He opened it Christmas morning and we went straight to the table to play. First couple experiments were fine, but once we went to build a catapult(power->makey->servo), the servo would have a mind of it's own. Bypass the makey, all set. So I submitted for replacement. Second kit came, interest level less than before(since we couldn't build the first thing he wanted to). Tried to build the catapult, it works! but when the servo returns, it just sits there stuttering. Neat.
I'm done. Two in row with issues. Returned again. This product is overpriced for the quality.