Here we go again, TED 2012 started yesterday in Long Beach. I decided this year to do a short blog post every day on the talk or conversation that most inspired me. Yesterday we had the amazing TEDFellows make their presentations. Wonderful to see these ideas being presented in such a passionate and clear way. There were many great presentations but the one that struck me most was by Ayah Bdeir – Founder of LittleBits . Essential LittleBits is concept where Lego meets engineering.
My younger daughter is a fascinated by building Lego models – but honestly there are just so many Pirates of the Caribbean ships you can build. We need to find more interesting ways in which our children can experience the joy of building new things. LittleBits create a fun, creative and powerful new way for kids to learn how to build great new products. Here is how the LittleBits team describes what they do
“Just as LEGOs™ allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks that make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. Each bit has a simple, unique function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. With a growing number of available modules, LittleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers, students and designers.“
True to form the TED team included a LittleBits starter kits in our bag of goodies. Even though there were only a couple of pieces to connect I was fascinated by the simplicity of the parts and how they connected.
Here is a great video showing how to build and have fun with LittleBits. Congratulations to Ayah and her team for creating this great product.
As usual, your comments and thoughts are welcome.