littleBits Invents New Way To Play With Debut of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, Unlocking the Imagination for Amazing Tech-Infused Creations
Themed Kit and Debut of App Provide Roadmap to Invention with 12 Projects that Empower Kids to Create and Hack Their Worlds
NEW YORK--Calling all rule breakers, builders of new worlds and kids that bust things open to see how they work! littleBits is excited to announce its newest electronic building block kit, the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, that allows kids to build, remix and hack their world for fun. This ultimate invention toolbox for curious and inventive minds is packed with everything needed to create 12 amazing tech-infused devices with easy, step-by-step instruction, and thousands of other ideas available online and through the debut of a free littleBits app. The new littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit is available for order on October 8, 2015 for $199.95.
The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit combines electronics, robotics and everyday objects to make a range of incredible creations and inspire the next generation of inventors by helping build a basic understanding of electronics, mechanisms, robotics, environmental sensors, and construction methods. The complete kit contains everything you need to create inventions, large and small, with the company's signature and award-winning electronic building blocks that easily snap together with magnets. Kids of all ages will be able to invent new creations, or give everyday objects new superpowers. Build everything from a wireless rover or bubble machine to interactive games. Want to do even more? Explore the worlds of coding, electronic music, smart devices and more with additional littleBits Kits. Develop creativity and engineering skills as you reinvent the world around you.
"The pride of inventing something is addictive, and it stays with you for life," said Ayah Bdeir, CEO and founder of littleBits and MIT Media Lab grad and TED Senior Fellow. "The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit provides kids, and creative people of all ages, the roadmap to invent amazing devices with an easy-to-follow guide. But the beauty of the kit is that once the training wheels come off and people feel comfortable with the tools, people can invent virtually anything they imagine."
Created through hundreds of hours of research and user-testing, designed by a team that has worked with LEGO, MIT Media Lab, Georgia Tech and the Rhode Island School of Design, the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit is the perfect kit to help instill an insatiable desire for a lifetime of creativity, learning and inventing. The kit is also designed with essential 21st century skills of problem-solving, iteration and design-thinking at its root: kids are prompted to remix their inventions and experiment with new ideas and materials. Hands-on creativity time replaces lean back screen time, as inventors reimagine the world around them. No previous experience is necessary, and no soldering, programming or wiring is required.
Ten years after the maker movement started, the ethos of learning by making is expanding to the larger world. Earlier this year littleBits launched a Global Chapters Program and already more than 100 chapters have launched in cities around the world, from Beijing to Rio de Janeiro, Lagos to Oslo, Chicago to Kuala Lumpur and beyond. The littleBits community spans more than 100 countries, 9,000 educators and 2,100 schools and universities who are using littleBits to create inventions, with more Chapters and participants joining every day.
The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit comes with 15 electronic building blocks, a detailed instruction handbook, and all the accessories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within. Create, play, remix, then share your creations with the world. It will be available in October online at littleBits.com and in the littleBits Store at 355 West Broadway in New York City, as well as with retail partners such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, MakerShed, Fab, Fry's Electronics, SparkFun, UncommonGoods, and with select retailers in Europe, Australia and Asia. In addition to the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, other award-winning littleBits Kits are also available, such as the Synth Kit in partnership with KORG, Space Kit in partnership with NASA, the Smart Home Kit, the Student Set, the Workshop Set, Pro Library, Hardware Development Kit, Arduino Coding Kit and more.
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littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit
Available: October 2015
Available: littleBits.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, MakerShed, Fab, Fry's Electronics, SparkFun, UncommonGoods, and select retailers in Europe, Australia and Asia
littleBits is the New York-based hardware startup that is on a mission to Democratize Hardware by empowering everyone to Create Inventions, large and small, with a platform of easy-to-use Electronic Building Blocks. The company's innovative building blocks snap together with magnets to allow anyone to build, invent, and prototype with electronics independent of age, gender and technical background - no soldering, wiring, or programming required. littleBits breaks down powerful technology - from music with the littleBits Synth Kit, to space exploration with the littleBits Space Kit, and the Internet of Things with the Smart Home Kit - and makes the technology accessible and easy to understand. The company was founded in 2011 by MIT graduate, TED Senior Fellow and cofounder of the Open Hardware Summit, Ayah Bdeir, and has grown to be a global leader in hardware. Bdeir was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of Popular Mechanics' 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, and one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35. The littleBits platform includes more than seven kits and 67 interoperable modules with millions of products sold in over 100 countries around the world. The company was named in CNN's "Top 10 Startups to Watch", one of the CNBC Next List, and has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wired, Popular Mechanics. To learn more, visit littleBits.com.