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Droid Inventor Kit from littleBits

Company: littleBits
Available: Now
Price: $99.95 USD

This is the droid you’re looking for!

The Droid Inventor Kit from littleBits enables STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) learning inspired by R2-D2, everyone’s favorite astromech droid from the Star Wars Universe.

Using the littleBits proprietary electronic building blocks (called bits), children ages 8 and up can build their own R2-D2. The kit comes with everything needed, including six bits (control hub, DC motor, power, proximity sensor, servo, and wire), 20 droid parts, three sticker sheets, three wheels, and a battery & cable. The finished droid stands 12-inches tall x 16-inches wide x 6-inches long and weighs approximately 4 lbs.

littleBit’s free Droid Inventor Training App (available for iOS and Android devices) provides both building guidance and access to more than 16 different missions for the newly created toy. Once built, the R2 unit can operate in several different modes, including Drive Mode, Self-Navigation Mode, and Force Mode (yes, THAT Force and yes, it IS as cool as it sounds). But the pièce de résistance is a built-in sound module that allows each droid to emit 20 sounds taken directly from Star Wars films.

The Droid Inventor Kit checks in at $99.95 USD and is compatible with other littleBits kits, allowing children to customize their droids with new features and functionality.

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