LittleBits Electronics released a new kit Tuesday, intended to make it easy for anyone to make old, dumb appliances smart. The Smart Home kit includes 14 components, called Bits, which can be magnetically snapped together for easy inventing. Want to get a text message when your husband leaves the freezer door open so long that the ice cream is going to melt? You can use littleBits for that! Want to turn off your son’s reading light after he’s gone to bed without creeping into his room and reaching over his head? You can use littleBits for that, too! And you won’t need to solder or wire anything!
“Our mission is to put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone, and to break down complex technologies so that anyone can build, prototype, and invent. Democratizing the smart home industry is one more step in delivering on that promise,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits. “The Smart Home Kit is giving people the power and opportunity to take the Internet of Things movement into their own hands, and bring their home to the 21st century, on their own terms. Now you can recreate a popular smart device, retrofit an old appliance, or invent something entirely new that may be the next big thing.”
Of course, the Smart Home Kit includes the LittleBits staple: the cloudBit. This is the Bit that can make anything Internet-enabled. There are also five brand new Bits in the kit: the MP3 player, Threshold, Number, Temperature Sensor, and IR transmitter. Eleven accessories also come with the kit, including an AC power switch.
The littleBits Smart Home Kit costs $249 and can be purchased at the littleBits online store, or at RadioShack.