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New littleBits kit gives kids the power to rule their rooms

Engadget Engadget 2/08/2016 Mariella Moon
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Remember when you were a kid and couldn't keep your mom and your rowdiest sibling out of your room? You'd probably have loved littleBits' latest kit. It provides young makers and inventors a fun way to set up alarms and (harmless) booby traps to keep piggy banks safe, or to keep diaries and other secrets away from prying eyes. Since these kits contain small, Lego-like electronic components (called "bits"), including the Makey Makey Bit that turns almost anything into a touch controller, kids can also use it to make whatever they want. They can turn a fruit into a game controller or even make an interactive Gabby Douglas poster. Seriously, check out the video below the fold.

Best thing about the "Rule Your Room" kit, though, is that it's cheaper than the company's other packs at $100 and already comes with Makey Makey Bit, which is typically sold separately. Of course, the more expensive kits also have more components, but this is a good starting point for those who want to see what a littleBits bundle can do. It's now available for pre-order on the company's website and will officially be available on August 15th.


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