Ever wished to construct an R2-D2 to name your personal?
You may drop a number of million to get all of the screen-used elements/props…
Or you would spend a number of weeks within the store bangin’ on scrap steel to construct one from scratch.
Or you would seize littleBit’s new Droid Inventor Equipment and name it a day. It’s pint-sized and never fairly as intense because the aforementioned choices, however hey — it’s your R2.
Unfamiliar with littleBits? It was based again in 2011, and focuses on introducing youngsters to electronics and circuitry by means of modular elements that snap collectively. Wish to construct a bit Taboo-style buzzing button? Seize a battery module, a button module and a speaker module, stick their magnetic ends collectively and also you’re set — no soldering (and thus no soldering iron burns) required.
This Droid Inventor Equipment is a reasonably candy idea: one $99 field containing all of the motors, audio system, stickers, sensors and Droid physique elements you’d must recreate a bleeping, blorping, rolling R2-D2 of your personal. Wish to combine issues up a bit? You are able to do that, too:
A companion iOS/Android app offers you the step-by-step breakdown of easy methods to piece issues collectively, together with a collection of missions meant to encourage youngsters to tweak their Droid to their liking. That one above, for instance, has a bit paper “drill” that spins because it rolls across the room.
This package ought to begin transport by September 1st.
This can be a fairly enormous partnership for littleBits; they joined Disney’s startup accelerator final 12 months, and that is the primary new product to hit the cabinets because of this. Test it out at across the 2 minute mark within the video under.