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OSHGroup 022: Big Ideas in littleBits

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Do you love to play?  Do you love to learn?  Are they one in the same to you?

For me learning works best when it is fun.   I am not much of a “sit and watch a lecture to learn” kind of fellow – though most of my formal education has been delivered such.

When I get quick feedback, when I build or discover what it is I seek to know, I usually have a better go at actually understanding something.

littleBits electronic modules are well suited for this type of learning.

littleBits the company, makes a library of Open Source Hardware electronic modules for prototyping, learning and having fun.  I had the pleasure of wrenching Paul Rothman, an electronics designer for littleBits, from his work and talking about the company and Open Source Hardware.

What I discovered from Paul felt spot on to something I have always thought but could never verbalize so well…

“…there are a lot of lessons to be learned from playing…”

This idea of play to learn appears foundational to the whole idea of littleBits.

I hope you enjoy the interview.

P.S.

Did I mention littleBits has been Open Source Hardware from the start (founded by Ayah Bdeir who was instrumental in realizing the Open Hardware definition, and co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit).

P.S.S.

I am minutes from buying the starter kit – I will let you know how they go.

 

  • Andres

    Thank you very much for spreading Open Source all over the world! Greetings from Argentina

    • http://opensourcehardwaregroup.com/member-pages/buddypress/members/oshj/ Michael James

      Thanks Andres! It is my pleasure. Let me know if there is someone or a specific project you would like to hear from and I will try to reach out to them.