There’s no shortage of smarthome products these days, but for those who prefer to make their own, LittleBits launched a DIY kit back in 2014.  The company has today launched a $100 version aimed at kids, with components that snap together magnetically.

The Rule Your Room Kit can be used to make a variety of devices using a combination of supplied components and existing toys and other objects from around the home. These include a safe with a hidden trigger, a programmable pop-up puppet and a moving collage.

The kit contains seven ‘bits’ (components), such as a servo and sound trigger, 19 accessories and a booklet. A free companion app shows more inventions that can be created with the kit, including ones created by other kit owners, as well as acting as a remote control.

Discover thousands of inventions created by the littleBits community. You can even get personalized recommendations based on the Bits you own!

Earn badges, bragging rights, and prizes by participating in monthly challenge. We’ll give you the theme. You give us your best invention! Winners get Bits, trips, swag and more.

Command your cloudBit-enabled inventions from wherever you bring your phone! Just log in to the app to access your Cloud Control center

The kit is available for pre-order now, and ships around the middle of August. The full range of existing LittleBits products for all ages can be found in the company’s Amazon store.

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