LittleBits Electronics recently debuted their bitLab where users, prototypers, and designers can submit their idea for what the company should manufacture next.
LittleBits eCommerce Manager Phil DeGisi explains, “If the module gets enough votes from our community, we review it, and in many cases will manufacture it. If we manufacture it, the module designer gets 10% of the revenue. We like to say that it’s the app store for hardware.”
One bitLab submission that may be of particular interest to Synthtopia readers is The Bleep Drum by Austin, Texas-based Bleep Labs.
Billed as “the perfect companion to the littleBits Synth Kit,” The Bleep Drum is a very small Arduino-based drum machine that can be triggered from any changing signal from any littleBits module. Bleep Labs has shrunk their original design down to a single littleBits module that allows the user to “add some crunch” to the smooth sounds of the littleBits Synth Kit.
Bleep Labs describes the Bleep Drum:
“The Bleep Drum is a lo-fi Arduino-based drum machine. The littleBits module version can be triggered from any changing signal, like the output from an oscillator, sequencer, or even a simple button. These crunchy samples go great with the smooth sounds of the synth modules!
“The Bleep Drum module has two modes. In “analog” mode, the drum sample and its pitch are determined by an incoming analog level like that of the sequencer module. In “digital” mode the pitch and sample are selected by the Bleep Drum’s knob. The sample is activate every time a pulse is received from any module, from a button, light sensor, oscillator, or anything in between.”
Right now, through Friday, the Bleep Drum is up for vote in the littleBits bitLab. The folks at Bleep Labs say that “you don’t have to commit to buy the module if it wins and goes into production by LittleBits, but if you do like it/ vote on it, you will receive a 20% off discount code when/if it comes out.”
DeGisi from BitLabs also wanted Synthtopia readers to know that the company is “still planning to release the MIDI, CV and I/O modules for the Synth Kit in the coming months. Any folks interested [in the Synth Kit modules] can sign up for our waitlist to reserve theirs.”