When Robert Scoble posted on his G+ about littlebits, I didn't hesitate. I immediately visited the site and ordered a starter kit.
Littlebits are little electronic modules that can snap together using magnets that you can use for prototype and for play. It's the perfect kit for a geek dad and a techie kid!
The creator / founder delivered her talk on TED and I have embedded the video below for your reference if you don't believe how awesome it is.
The starter kit can be ordered online at https://community.littlebits.cc/kits. There are two options for those who want to get started: A teaser kit = 3 bits only. A starter kit = 10 bits only.
Below is the starter kit we order for $89. The shipping costs $31. I paid a total of $120 for the order. On their website, they will tell you that the kits might be delayed in shipping due to high volume of orders/requests. I was surprised though that I got a notification within days that my order has shipped! It was 7/22 that I received the email and I got the kit on 7/31 almost delivered to my doorstep via Aramex (I forgot their local counterpart).
Here's the list of the bits. One of each is on the kit:
- Pressure Sensor
- RGB LED
- Vibration Motor
Inside the kit, you will get an instruction leaflet on the bits included and 3 possible projects you can create from it.
The kit includes a custom 9V battery which I think can be replaced by regular 9V Duracells in case you run out of juice.
Unlimited fun with kiddo and dad! It is an investment that you can afford to have in exchange for another option for father and kid bonding time. Plus, you are not stuck with just the bits that you have. There are other modules that you can purchase to enhance your set.
Here's one setup created by the boys: Battery + Power + Input + Output = fun!!
Would love to purchase a fan and DC motors soon for more interesting projects. One that includes wheels perhaps? :)