Last year we featured LittleBits, an electronics kit for children and beginners that uses built-in magnets instead of solder to connect modules together. A new kit called SAM takes the user-friendliness to another level, because its modules connect to each other wirelessly.
SAM uses Bluetooth Low Energy and the Internet to let the modules and the SAM app communicate. This makes it dead simple to create a device – you don’t even need to put anything together. But the SAM app is an equally important part of the kit. Speaking with TechCrunch, SAM co-founder Joachim Horn said that the software grows with the user.
The app has drag-and-drop software modules for people who don’t know how to write code. Programmers on the other hand can dive in and start writing instructions. There will also be SAM mobile apps and a subscription service that will offer advanced tools for experienced tinkerers.
SAM isn’t perfect though. Because the modules use Bluetooth, they each have an internal battery and a microUSB charging port. Depending on the module, battery life will range from 2 weeks to as little as 30 minutes. Still, I think it’s a great starting point for newbies and for learning about electronics and programming logic. Pledge at least £55 (~$89 USD) on Kickstarter to get a SAM kit as a reward.