This makes a great Christmas present for Synth afficionados. At the Maker Fair in Tokyo, the Korg LittleBits Synth Kit was announced.
LittleBits and Korg have converted a traditional analog synthesizer into littleBits modules. The modules make it super easy for novices and experts to build their own Synthesizer. Littlebits are small circuit building blocks with which you can build all sorts of electronic circuitry. The small modules are color coded for easy recognition and snap together via a magnetic connection. The Synth Kit is scalable allowing you to connect multiple kits together and thus creating a bigger synthesizer. The kit comes with a booklet that includes 10 example circuits.
The Synth kit offers a variety of synth modules: Power, Oscillator, Keyboard, Micro Sequencer, Envelope, Filter, Delay, Mix, Split, Synth Speaker and a Voltage Randomizer. Watch a demonstration by Korg at the Maker Fair.
Korg is now selling the synth kit in Japan for ¥16.000. No announcement has been made about a release in Europe or America. Littlebits website only has information on the Synth Kit in Japanese. The page gives you a complete overview of all the different modules. Here’s also a link to a news item on Korg’s Japanese website.