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From an eye exam on your phone to bioluminescent sculpture that looks alive: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 2From an eye exam on your phone to bioluminescent sculpture that looks alive: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 2

Posted By Karen Eng

Session 2 of Fellows talks at TED2014 was just as unexpected as Session 1. Here, read a recap of each talk in the session. Somi, singer + cultural activist East African songstress Somi brings her smoky voice to the TED Fellows stage, with “Brown, RoundThings for Sale” from her album The Lagos Music Salon. Often […]

News

Give me your fussy, your bored, your hard to buy for: the TED Fellows gift guideGive me your fussy, your bored, your hard to buy for: the TED Fellows gift guide

Posted By Karen Eng

Still hurting for gift ideas? Never fear. The inventive and iconoclastic TED Fellows are coming to the rescue with the recent fruit of their labors. These inspired and unusual items — from Chinese-inflected banjo music to a remote-controlled underwater vehicle — are sure to delight your loved ones. Just be gentle stuffing that all-terrain vehicle […]

Music

A littleBit rock ‘n’ roll: Reggie Watts rocks the newly launched SynthKit, and electronic music goes mini-modularA littleBit rock ‘n’ roll: Reggie Watts rocks the newly launched SynthKit, and electronic music goes mini-modular

Posted By Karen Eng

Above: Reggie Watts demonstrates the littleBits SynthKit For the last week, the internet has been grooving to the video above of Reggie Watts making some funky noise with the newly launched SynthKit — the latest offering from TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir’s littleBits electronic building block company, and the product of a three-way partnership between littleBits, Watts and world-renowned […]

Art

LittleBits beep and blip from MoMA Design Store window displaysLittleBits beep and blip from MoMA Design Store window displays

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

If you pass a MoMA Design Store in New York City today, you’ll notice a slew of entrancing kinetic sculptures in their windows – a giant shark swimming after a lure and a cyclist powering a cardboard ferris wheel. Each of these sculptures is powered by littleBits, the Lego-like electronic toys created by TED Fellow […]

Technology

LittleBitty Monsters go to TED2013LittleBitty Monsters go to TED2013

Posted By Karen Eng

At TED2012, Senior Fellow Ayah Bdeir’s included a littleBits mini kit in the TED gift bag. It was a smash hit at the conference and beyond. This year, Ayah wanted to take it one step further and start a conversation! These limited edition kit puppets – a dragon and a bear – are littleBits’ first project […]

Technology

“LEGO for the iPad generation” gets funding“LEGO for the iPad generation” gets funding

Posted By Karen Eng

. LittleBits are Tinkertoys, gone electronic.  Some circuits, some lights, some buzzers and some buttons, these brightly colored pieces snap together with magnets, allowing for creation of projects that do things, rather than just sit there. The brainchild of TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir — who explained the littleBits in a talk at TED2012 — this […]