LITTLEBITS SMARTHOME KIT
US$250 ($335) / littlebits.cc
You’re waiting for the Internet of Things to arrive, but you don’t have the technical know-how to make your own smart-stuff. Not to worry – Littlebits make click-together components, and this kit contains 14 modules – sensors, switches and so on – that make it easy to create your own smarthome setups.
Light sensor (1): attach this to your window to make sunrisecontrolled curtains. All you need is a weight on the curtain cord, a pin to hold the weight up and the servo (2) to pull the pin out. When morning rays hit the light sensor, it prompts the servo to pull out the pin, the weight drops and your curtains open.
Temperature sensor (3): stick this in your fridge to make it a smartfridge. Using the threshold (4) bit to set a maximum temperature and the cloudBit (5) to connect to the internet, you can have your fridge text you if someone leaves the door open and it starts to get a bit too warm.
Synth speaker (6): link this to the MP3 Player (7) and the cloudBit to get a sound notification when something happens on Twitter: an eagle’s kra-kawww for a retweet, perhaps, a murmuring of pigeons for a favourite and a curlew’s cry for a new follower.