NASA x Little Bits: DIY-electronic Space Toys

 Youtube Direktscience, via The Verge

Die NASA hat sich mit den Open Source-Toy-Menschen von Little Bits zusammengeschmissen und bietet mit denen jetzt ein Space Explorer-Set an. Die Teile sind mit rund 190 Dollar sicher nicht das billigste Toy, dafür kann man sich damit aber seinen eigenen Mars Rover (und Synthies und Astronautenhelme und Satellitenmodelle) zusammendingsen und überhaupt Science!

littleBits makes an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.

littleBits (spelled lower case L, upper case B, all one word) consists of tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun. Each bit has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGO™ allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.