littleBits has launched their latest offering to help teach kids technology by partnering with Star Wars with the Droid Inventor Kit for just $99.99. littleBits has been helping kids learn how to program and build technological things for years, and the Droid Inventor Kit is just their latest foray into the field.
If you’re big into Star Wars like this writer, then this littleBits kit is perfect for you. It allows you to build your own R2-D2 and send it on over 16 missions through the included and free Droid Inventor App. They even include stickers so you can customize your own R2-D2’s style to your heart’s content.
The kit comes with everything kids need to create and control their own Droid – right down to the battery – plus stickers and extra accessories.
- Includes 6 Bits, 20 Droid parts & 3 sticker sheets
- Find instructions in the free app
- Comes loaded with 20 authentic Droid sounds
Today we are continuing a global inventor movement that empowers young people to participate in a story that inspires them to be creators, not just consumers of technology. We’ve created a gender-inclusive product that celebrates kids’ own self-expression and ingenuity, while showcasing the same characteristics of imagination, grit and invention that are embodied in the Star Wars franchise.
Ayah Bdeir, founder & CEO of littleBits
One of the big features of the Droid Inventor Kit is “Force Drive”, which allows children to control the Droid with just a wave of their hand.
Other notable features include:
- Self Navigation where the Droid can detect obstacles and change course on its own
- Secret Messages where kids can record their own messages in the Droid and send it off to do their biddings like R2-D2 and Princess Leia
- The ability to use a custom body, allowing kids to use any household item to build the body of their Droid giving them never-ending customization
- Draw Mode which allows the Droid to draw out “secret maps and messages” according to littleBits
- The custom built Droid can also navigate its way through obstacle courses that kids create
- Each Droid even has the ability to make 20 sounds that came straight from the Star Wars movies
Though littleBits says that this is for users ages 8-12, I really am considering picking one up just to play with. Who wouldn’t want to build their own Droid?
The littleBits Droid Inventors Kit comes out September 1st for $99.99 at most major retailers, including Amazon, Apple, and WalMart. The kit will also be available from littleBits’ own website.
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