No more littleBits

Last year I decided that I wasn’t doing anything interesting with my collection of littleBits components and modules, so I finally gave them up and sold them. I hope that they’ve all gone to good homes.

They were fun, and very useful at times. I did enjoy them, but I think I had got to a point where I’d stopped doing anything creative with them.

Starting to build an automated twitter synth with littleBits

For a long time I’ve been thinking about the idea of being able to create a synth in hardware which reacted to the virtual world, more specifically, to being tweeted at. To that that end I got myself a littleBits CloudBit, which works quite well, albeit it isn’t able to provide as much data as I’d like it to. However, that’s something that I need to overcome with a little bit of ingenuity rather than just complain about it.

So I’m starting to build the synth and get it to respond to external stimulus. The goal being to create a little system that reacts to a twitter message, creates a sequence based on that message, and somehow records that and uploads it somewhere. We’ll see. That’s the plan. Who knows how it’ll work out.

Getting the bend (sensor)

littleBits Bend Sensor
littleBits Bend Sensor

I got this recently but haven’t had a chance to use it as yet. I’d really like to though, and I’m sure that the time will make itself available soon enough.

I’m keen to expand my littleBits collection. I’m sure that there’s lots more I could do with it that I’m not, and that I haven’t even thought of as yet.

Some more thoughts on the littlebits iOS app

I was thinking about this a bit more the other day, and really I’d like to see the ability to prototype directly in the app. That would, without a doubt, be the coolest thing possible to do with this app. It would be nice to play with a set up and be able to create stuff in the app that used not only the bits you owned, but others, and even prototype bits, or bits on the bitlab too.

That would be my preferred experience.

What will the littlebits app expand to?

I really like littleBits. That’s no surprise I’m sure, so I was very pleased to see their new iOS app arrive on the store a couple of weeks ago. It’s a nice little app, it’s a start though. A good start, but still, a start. I hope that they expand on it and make it a more integrated part of the littleBits ecosystem.

I’d like to see the app be able to connect into the MIDI bit. After all, it has a USB connector, so why not? From there I’d like to see some functionality in the app to be able to control hardware. MIDI is a great place to start of course, so why not there. That in itself would work well for me. Of course the other logical place to go would be with the cloudBit. That’s a pretty obvious thing to do, and of course probably easier than MIDI, and more mass market appeal too.

I hope that littleBits do develop the app and their ideas for it, as it is, whilst it’s fun and nice to see what others are doing it isn’t going to be enough for long.