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This article was published on August 2, 2016

‘littleBits’ is training small intelligence operatives with its new ‘Rule Your Room’ kit

‘littleBits’ is training small intelligence operatives with its new ‘Rule Your Room’ kit
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Following the smash success of last year’s ‘Gizmos & Gadgets’ kit, littleBits is at it again with a new kit designed to help kids rule their room. The kit comes with all children need to protect their things all while turning ordinary to extraordinary through use of a smart system that promotes interactive play.

Inside, you’ll find a power source, controllers, sensors, lights and various other modules that snap into place with strong (but not too-strong) magnets. In minutes kids can connect multiple modules using the included guide, or find dozens more projects on the DIY page at littleBits feature community-submitted designs and ideas.

From deterrents booby traps to keep sticky fingers out of drawers to a weighted alarm sensor that sounds once an item is removed, the ‘Rule Your Room’ kit is a lot of fun in a small package from a company we really dig here at The Next Web.

Over the course of a weekend, my son and I managed to get some play time in with the new kit. It’s a good starter set for motivated makers, without being quite as daunting as starting off on a Raspberry Pi or Arduino, while still offering numerous options configuration right out of the box.

My son and I built something like this for his door, only with a “keep out” sign.

The kit involves no coding, a feature that makes it easy to jump in and get your feet wet without having to worry about programming, voltage, current or other semi-confusing new concepts for beginners. It’s sort of the sweet spot between the hardcore and the just-getting-started with concepts that will carry over from one to the other as your skills advance.

The kit is available this month, and includes the Makey Makey bit, a tool that allows you to create touch-activated intentions to control random things, like a banana controlling your computer mouse. For $99 at the littleBits website, it’s a lot of fun and a great introduction into the maker scene.

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