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This product has been retired from our catalog and is no longer for sale.

This page is made available for those looking for datasheets and the simply curious. Please refer to the description to see if a replacement part is available.

Replacement: KIT-11532. Version 0.3 is here! The connectors and various other components have been updated. This page is for reference only.

Description: littleBits is a library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. These simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. 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. 

Each "Bit" is a piece of an electronic circuit. The bits are color coded and divided into 4 categories: power, input, output and wire. By combining the modules in different ways (by simply "snapping" them together magnetically) you can quickly create any number of interactive electronic projects.

The starter kit contains everything you need to get started with littleBits, including several littleBits modules, a 9 volt battery and a full-color quickstart sheet. It even comes in a snazzy tray-separated cardboard box with magnetic closure.

Note: This product is a collaboration with littleBits. A portion of each sales goes back to them for continued development of the littleBits product line.

Kit Includes:

  • Wall Power Bit
  • Button Bit
  • Potentiometer Bit
  • Pressure Sensor Bit
  • Pulse Bit
  • Wire Bit
  • LED Bit
  • RGB LED Bit
  • Vibration Motor Bit
  • Bar Graph Bit
  • 9 Volt Battery and Connector
  • Screwdriver
  • Full-color Quickstart Sheet

Documents:

Replaces: KIT-10627

Comments 8 comments

  • littleBits sounds pretty neat, but how do they differ from Snap Circuits? I suppose as you learned about the circuits, you could begin to build your own. It would be easier, I would think because littleBits would be much closer to what you might build on your own

    • How do they differ from Snap Circuits? LittleBits contain dangerous little magnets and for this price you get 10 parts instead of 90.

      Other than that, LittleBits is marketing to the OSH crowd without actually providing anything of practical use.

      Caveat Emptor.

  • Those who are interested in the schematics, they have them on GitHub. These are really a neat idea and I’ll be getting some for my little girl.

    “littleBits is an open source project, and detailed circuit diagrams can be downloaded from our GitHub repository.” Which can be found here https://github.com/littlebitselectronics/eagle-files

    I haven’t looked at the files yet but might compile a sparkfun parts list for each bit.

  • @LordFuzzz: We are planning on releasing the bitSnap connectors as separate components some time in the future. We are still refining the design but we will be creating versions will multiple pin configurations as well as the standard three pin design currently used in the littleBits kits. We think they’ll be great for quick prototyping. Stay tuned!

    The v0.2 Eagle files should be up shortly.

  • Cute

  • Does anyone know if the connectors will be sold separately at some point? Also, will the schematics be posted soon?

    • It doesn’t seem likely, plus magnets actually make fairly poor connectors. LittleBits have been around for quite a while now, but so far they have shared very little in terms of technical information. And it’s not like this stuff is rocket science anyway; it’s pretty easy to guess what the schematic looks like for each module. So how about it, LittleBits, I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours.

  • An awesome little idea!


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