After five years as a toy maker, Ayah Bdeir, the CEO of LittleBits, has unveiled her real vision: To make hardware prototyping as commonplace in design shops as using wood and cardboard to build models.
To do this, LittleBits (see disclosure) has built a connected module called the Cloud Bit. It links up to the existing LittleBits modules of sensors and actuators to allow them online so they can control a web service, or so the physical bits can be controlled through the web. It allows someone to build an automated lock, or a goldfish feeder, or any number of other connected devices that are so popular today.
Some other hardware building blocks, like Arduino or Raspberry Pi, require coding and a shield or other element to get connectivity. The Electric Imp module also requires a bit of programming and hardware…
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