The Arduino has become the darling of the electronics platforming world, with its easy to use software and hardware. The littleBits magnetically connected electronics modules have made a splash of their own in the world of electronic tinkerers. So it was just a matter of time before these two came together.

Today, littleBits introduced the Arduino at Heart module. The new programmable module connects to the entire line of littleBits magnetic modules that include lights, speakers, motors, switches, sensors and more. Like the standalone Arduino, hardware and software developers can write tiny programs for the device with the Arduino programming language. The programs are then loaded onto the module via a USB connection.

Ayah Bdeir, CEO of littleBits told TNW that Arduino at Heart “provides a better entry point for both beginner and professional developers.”

The littleBits hardware modules allow for quick prototyping of electronics ideas without the hassle of soldering by connecting via magnets. The modules are sold individually or as kits. The Arduino at Heart module is available for $36, or as part of a littleBits starter bundle for $89.

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