It seems that lately the internet of things (IoT) is everywhere. Every other day I seem to hear about a new IoT product or Kickstarter project that is going to help our lives - usually in the form of a smart home application.
I like the internet of things, don’t get me wrong. But I also think we all want very different things from it. There will be common problems that need to be solved (e.g. Nest solving the temperature control problem) but I think other problems will require bespoke solutions.
Not everyone is going to feel comfortable buying an Arduino, hooking it up with some shields, and building a web interface to create an IoT device for themselves. But littleBits is changing that with their newly launched device cloudBit. Their tagline “Snap the internet to anything” is extremely appropriate.
Not only has littleBits made it easy to make an internet of things device, it’s making it possible to turn dumb devices into smart devices. This means that you don’t have to purchase a new device to replace your fully functioning existing device (e.g. air conditioner, coffee maker, etc…) Granted, littleBits still has some work to do to facilitate this use case across many devices - but I’m sure in time they’ll get there.
Providing access to technology is great, but making that technology accessible is even better, and that’s what littleBits is doing. They’ve made building electronics as easy as building a Lego set, and now they’re making it easy for us to build devices that can be connected to the internet.