The “Lego” of IoT, LittleBits, Coming to Radio Shack in August
Tinkering just got easier. Technology retailer, Radio Shack, will be piloting distribution of LittleBits in select stores in August. LittleBits is a modular electronic system that snap together with magnets making it easy to create workable electronics without the need to solder, wire or even program.
The magnet connectors are a huge draw for the electronic kit as is the color coding they use on each module to make it easy to understand what the components do and how they should be put together. LittleBits uses a four color system to indicate which modules are for power, output, input or are wires and if you are stuck on ideas the kits come with starter projects to help you get making. As the LittleBits library currently has 264 modules, the sky is the limit to create inventions with this system, catering to young makers to engineers and agencies looking to rapid prototype.
To connect creations made with LittleBits to the Internet of Things, LittleBits has introduced cloudBit. Like other modules, cloudBit connects to other modules in the LittleBits library using magnets. Once given a power source, it enables the creation to talk to the internet and vice versa. For programmers, LittleBits offers a cloud API or the LittleBits Arduino module for customization. But if that’s not your thing, they have also support automating services through IFTTT. This allows users to create inventions which trigger events on popular online services like Facebook, Instagram and hardware systems like NEST and Philips Hue.
For a limited time, LittleBits is offering its Cloud Starter Bundle for $99. The kit includes six modules, wall power and mounting boards and is ready to go create intro projects like building a remote pet feeder or modifying your doorbell to text you when someone is at your door.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Radio Shack expects to roll out LittleBits in over 2,000 stores in the Fall and is just one of many inventions that it will stock its shelves with in an effort to re-invent the chain and increase sales.