Kids electronics kit makers LittleBits have long used an iOS app to help kids build their own gadgets, but the addition of a Bluetooth LE module means that their creations can now be directly controlled by an iPhone or iPad.

LittleBits first launched its kits for tech-minded kids back in 2014, and has been adding to them ever since, with a smarthome kit the latest addition a couple of months ago. We got our hands on a pre-production version of the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd edition with two Bluetooth bits, and were impressed.

The bits also work with current Little Bits kits and allow kids to not only control the Little Bits but also incorporate other iOS device sensors like the camera or accelerometers and gyros into their creations.

The $200 kit is available from the company’s Amazon store.

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