6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping

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Create with a kit.

The littleBits system opens the world of inventing and modifying to a whole world of amateur inventors. The tiny pre-assembled, color-coded circuit boards in the growing littleBits library make prototyping as meditative as playing with Legos. Pieces include lights, buzzers, speakers, and solar panels that easily snap together using magnets. "This puts power previously reserved for engineers into the hands of kids, artists, designers, and amateur inventors," says founder and lead engineer Ayah Bdeir. "littleBits makes electronics and interaction—light, sound, sensing, mechanics—into an accessible, creative and intuitive prototyping material, much like cardboard, paper, nuts and bolts."