littleBits + Star Wars’ Droid Inventor Kit

A tech set for all genders, aimed at inspiring young minds

When littleBits joined forces with the Disney Accelerator program last year the teams’ mutual goal was to encourage more girls to experiment with STEM/STEAM (science, tech, engineering and math) without making a product that was gendered. Star Wars—thanks to Princess Leia, a strong female lead and a tech-savvy human—was the perfect fit. Launching today, the Droid Inventor Kit designed by both littleBits and Lucasfilm is …

TED Fellows 2014: Fifth Anniversary Talks

Five fledgling projects from the annual event, held this year in Vancouver

Earlier this week, we had the privilege to witness the fifth anniversary of the TED Fellows program, one that traditionally kicks off the week of TED with a boom. While last year brought the greater creative community to Long Beach, this year Vancouver, BC hosts the celebrated conference. As the more raw, work-in-progress side of TED, the Fellows program introduces 21 new individuals this year …

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

Build your own analog synthesizer using simple, Lego-like electronic pieces that snap together magnetically

New York-based littleBits has been making big waves in the design industry since their electronic modules-maker took over the MoMA Design Store. Instead of building talking puppets or electric toothbrushes, this time around the two-year-old startup is concentrating on breaking down barriers in the electronic music-making realm; seeking to make it more accessible to those who aren’t fluent in the language of wires, circuitry and …