littleBits Electronics has introduced a new module, the cloudBit, that will let you connect your modular synth to the Internet and more.
The cloudBit, according to the company, will help democratize the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) – the idea that ‘smart devices’ will be able to communicate and interact with the Internet.
The cloudBit – part of the company’s littleBits modular electronics system – lets you turn any object into an Internet-connected device. littleBits already makes an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Existing modules include things like motors, buzzers, buttons, light sensors, switches and LEDs. Last year, they added modules that expanded the platform into audio with the Korg littleBits Synth Kit.
Here’s a demo of the cloudBit in action:
The cloudBit can engage in three types of interactions:
- Bits to Web (SMS doorbell)
- Web to Bits (controlling something remotely, as in their automatic fish-feeder example in the video)
- Bits to Bits (like the cloud-controlled camera)
These interactions could be applied to musical purposes, also. For example, in the area of sonification, creating geographically distributed musical installations, Internet-based synth control or even creating new types of audience interaction.
littleBits has also partnered with IFTTT.com (short for “if this, then that”) to integrate littleBits inventions with existing web services like Instagram (check out the whimsical Insta-ego-head tutorial), Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, etc.
Pricing and Availability. The littleBits cloudBit is available today for $59 via the littleBits website. A “Cloud Starter Bundle” (right) consisting of six electronic modules, two “accessories” to connect to the Internet, and tutorials, is available for $99.
More information is available on the littleBits website.