littleBits Invents New Way To Play With Debut of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, Unlocking the Imagination for Amazing Tech-Infused Creations

Themed Kit and Debut of App Provide Roadmap to Invention with 12
Projects that Empower Kids to Create and Hack Their Worlds   

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Calling all rule breakers, builders of new worlds and kids that bust
things open to see how they work! littleBits
is excited to announce its newest electronic building block kit, the
littleBits
Gizmos & Gadgets Kit
, that allows kids to build, remix and
hack their world for fun. This ultimate invention toolbox for curious
and inventive minds is packed with everything needed to create 12
amazing tech-infused devices with easy, step-by-step instruction, and
thousands of other ideas available online and through the debut of a
free littleBits app. The new littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit is
available for order on October 8, 2015 for $199.95.

The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit combines electronics, robotics and
everyday objects to make a range of incredible creations and inspire the
next generation of inventors by helping build a basic understanding of
electronics, mechanisms, robotics, environmental sensors, and
construction methods. The complete kit contains everything you need to
create inventions, large and small, with the company’s signature and
award-winning electronic building blocks that easily snap together with
magnets. Kids of all ages will be able to invent new creations, or give
everyday objects new superpowers. Build everything from a wireless rover
or bubble machine to interactive games. Want to do even more? Explore
the worlds of coding, electronic music, smart devices and more with
additional littleBits Kits. Develop creativity and engineering skills as
you reinvent the world around you.

“The pride of inventing something is addictive, and it stays with you
for life,” said Ayah Bdeir, CEO and founder of littleBits and MIT Media
Lab grad and TED Senior Fellow. “The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit
provides kids, and creative people of all ages, the roadmap to invent
amazing devices with an easy-to-follow guide. But the beauty of the kit
is that once the training wheels come off and people feel comfortable
with the tools, people can invent virtually anything they imagine.”

Created through hundreds of hours of research and user-testing, designed
by a team that has worked with LEGO, MIT Media Lab, Georgia Tech and the
Rhode Island School of Design, the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit is
the perfect kit to help instill an insatiable desire for a lifetime of
creativity, learning and inventing. The kit is also designed with
essential 21st century skills of problem-solving, iteration and
design-thinking at its root: kids are prompted to remix their inventions
and experiment with new ideas and materials. Hands-on creativity time
replaces lean back screen time, as inventors reimagine the world around
them. No previous experience is necessary, and no soldering, programming
or wiring is required.

Ten years after the maker movement started, the ethos of learning by
making is expanding to the larger world. Earlier this year littleBits
launched a Global
Chapters Program
and already more than 100 chapters have launched in
cities around the world, from Beijing to Rio de Janeiro, Lagos to Oslo,
Chicago to Kuala Lumpur and beyond. The littleBits community spans more
than 100 countries, 9,000 educators and 2,100 schools and universities
who are using littleBits to create inventions, with more Chapters and
participants joining every day.

The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit comes with 15 electronic building
blocks, a detailed instruction handbook, and all the accessories and
tools you need to unleash the inventor within. Create, play, remix, then
share your creations with the world. It will be available in October
online at littleBits.com
and in the littleBits Store at 355
West Broadway in New York City
, as well as with retail partners such
as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, MakerShed, Fab, Fry’s Electronics, SparkFun,
UncommonGoods, and with select retailers in Europe, Australia and Asia.
In addition to the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, other award-winning
littleBits Kits are also available, such as the Synth Kit in partnership
with KORG, Space Kit in partnership with NASA, the Smart Home Kit, the
Student Set, the Workshop Set, Pro Library, Hardware Development Kit,
Arduino Coding Kit and more.

All images and video assets can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1KYdtzB.

littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit
Available: October 2015
MSRP:
$199.95
Ages: 8+
Available: littleBits.com,
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, MakerShed, Fab, Fry’s Electronics, SparkFun,
UncommonGoods, and select retailers in Europe, Australia and Asia

About littleBits

littleBits is the New York-based hardware startup that is on a mission
to Democratize Hardware by empowering everyone to Create
Inventions
, large and small, with a platform of easy-to-use Electronic
Building Blocks
. The company’s innovative building blocks snap
together with magnets to allow anyone to build, invent, and prototype
with electronics independent of age, gender and technical background –
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 the Internet of Things
with the Smart Home Kit – and makes the technology 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. Bdeir was named one of
Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business
, one of
Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing
the
American Dream
, and one of
MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35
. The littleBits
platform includes more than seven kits and 67 interoperable modules with
millions of products sold in over 100 countries around the world. The
company was named in CNN’s “Top 10 Startups to Watch”, one of the CNBC
Next List
, and has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Wired,
Popular Mechanics. To learn more, visit littleBits.com.

Contacts

Dan Klores Communications for littleBits
Maryanne Milano,
212-981-5294
Maryanne_milano@dkcnews.com