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Make: Getting Started with littleBits: Prototyping and Inventing with Modular Electronics Paperback – 30 Apr 2015
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About the Author
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of electronics dubbed "LEGOs for the iPad generation." Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir's career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir was named one of Inc. Magazine's 35 Under 35, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of Popular Mechanics 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream. littleBits was named as one of CNN's top 10 Emerging Startups to watch. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah lives in New York City.
Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and contributing editor to Make: Magazine. He's the owner of Awesome Button Studios, a consultancy focused on blending creativity and technology. After graduating with a Master's from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2013, he continued his work there as a resident research fellow. Matt is the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone and Getting Started with Intel Galileo.
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In Depth: It explains the basics of each module (kind of on a level for 8 year olds, but written more for adults). That is okay, but I assume that they will then give me basic projects. There are less than 10 projects in the book, none of which are cool, and only half that are basic. After they describe the basic premise of the modules it then shows you a project where you use a laser cutter. Huh? If you don't know how these bits work, you do not own a laser cutter.
We own dozens of little bits, and the worst part about little bits is their project tutorials. Kids need to walk through some basic projects, and then use their creativity to make their own. Their website is terrible to search, and the tutorials are even worse. This book points you in the direction of their website for these projects. THERE ARE NO STEP BY STEP TUTORIALS IN THIS BOOK.
It goes into a lot of detail about how each of the Bits works and there are lots of examples. I found it especially helpful in setting up the CloudBit from the Smart Home Kit that I had initially purchased. I also purchased the Arduino Coding Kit and again this book was very helpful in getting the Arduino Bit set up. I have never used an Arduino before and the book goes over the basic commands for controlling the inputs and outputs as well as providing example code. I didn't have any problems and have been happily testing out the Arduino Bit to see what it can do.
The book seems to be very well written and I would recommend it for anyone young or old who wants to get into littleBits.