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littleBits Launches cloudBitTM
|By Business Wire
|July 23, 2014 10:01 AM EDT
littleBits Electronics, the company making hardware limitless, today
announced the launch of the cloudBit. First previewed at TED
2014, the cloudBit adds a new dimension to the littleBits library,
letting you “snap the internet to anything.” Mapping to littleBits’
mission of putting the power of electronics in the hands of everyone,
the company is aiming to democratize the Internet of Things (IoT).
The littleBits cloudBit gives people the power to turn any object into
an internet-connected device in a snap - no soldering, wiring or
programming required. It differs from any other IoT device in that it’s
not a device, but a powerful building block living within the larger
littleBits library, which is open, modular, and interoperable. Now you
can add the internet on top of the existing littleBits platform.
“Until now building for the Internet of Things has been reserved for
large companies and experts, limiting the power of what’s possible and
the rate of innovation,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits.
“With the cloudBit, we’re doing for connected devices what Android did
for mobile - making an open, accessible and instantaneous platform to
enable anyone to prototype, test ideas, and participate in a field that
is changing society. With the cloudBit, people can now recreate the most
popular connected devices, prototype the next billion dollar idea, or
solve their own unique problem, all within minutes, and genuinely push
the boundaries of the Internet of Things.”
Through the littleBits web app, people can engage in three types of
interactions: “BitsTM to Web” (such as an SMS
Doorbell), “Web to Bits” (such as a Remote
Pet Feeder) or “Bits to Bits” (such as a Cloud
Controlled Camera). To extend the power and functionality of the
cloudBit, littleBits has partnered with IFTTT - a service that lets you
create powerful connections with one simple statement - allowing people
to integrate their inventions with web services such as Facebook, Gmail,
Google Drive, Instagram, Twitter and hundreds of others. Combining IFTTT
and littleBits, makers can create any number of projects unique to their
lifestyle, from a Remote
Crib Communicator and an Insta
Ego Head to a DIY
The cloudBit and the limited edition Cloud Starter Bundle - which comes
with six electronic modules, an insert card with five tutorials and 100
more available online, and two accessories to easily start connecting
everyday objects to the internet - are available for purchase starting
today at littlebits.cc/cloud.
Any module included in the Cloud Starter Bundle can be paired with other
modules from the littleBits library to create trillions of combinations
and ideas. The cloudBit is available for $59, or included in the Cloud
Bundle for $99.
"If we were to do this without littleBits it would take at least a full
day of somebody’s time to get to anything resembling a working
prototyping, as opposed to twenty minutes with littleBits and the
cloudBit,” said a cloudBit beta tester from Incredible Machines.
Today, littleBits announced a second important collaboration. The
company is partnering with RadioShack
to launch into retail. littleBits will be available in select markets by
August 2014 and in 2,000 retail locations beginning in Fall 2014. This
launch is the first to result from the collaboration between PCH
“We're thrilled to announce RadioShack as our first-ever retail partner
as they truly represent the origins of the maker movement,” said Bdeir.
“All over the world makers, engineers, developers, and tinkerers
remember their first RadioShack kits and how it inspired them to become
who they are. By partnering with RadioShack, we can together reach an
even broader community of novice and expert makers who can take
advantage of the power of the littleBits hardware platform to prototype,
build and create anything they can imagine.”
is the New York-based startup that is making hardware limitless. The
company makes a library of electronic modules that snap together with
magnets to let anyone build, invent, and prototype with electronics --
no soldering, wiring, or programming required. littleBits breaks down
powerful technology - from music with the littleBits Synth
Kit, to space exploration with the littleBits Space
Kit, and now the Internet of Things - and makes them accessible and
easy to understand. The company was founded in 2011 by MIT graduate, TED
Senior Fellow and cofounder of the Open Hardware Summit, Ayah Bdeir, and
has grown to be a global leader in hardware. littleBits has one mission:
To put the power of electronics into everyone’s hands. The littleBits
library includes more than five kits and 50 interoperable modules with
products sold in 70 countries around the world.
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