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LittleBits Smart Home Kit fit for DIYers (pictures)

The $249 set comes with 14 magnetically connecting modules that can be made into different combinations in minutes to create do-it-yourself "smart" appliances out of "dumb" ones.

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Introducing the Smart Home Kit

New York startup LittleBits unveiled its new Smart Home Kit on Tuesday, which lets do-it-yourselfers create their own connected devices around the house. The kit is available online for $249 and arrives at RadioShack locations next month.

CNET visited LittleBits headquarters to check out some of the things the company has made with the new kit.

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Bits in a box

Take a peek inside LittleBits Smart Home Kit.

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Inside the kit

The new kit includes 14 modules (or Bits), that can be combined to create different electronics. The kit includes a tiny MP3 player, a temperature sensor, an IR transmitter and a number counter. The kit includes the company's cloudBit, which allows a user to connect objects to their smartphone or tablet. There's also a new AC switch that can be used to control a wall outlet using LittleBits circuits to turn lights and fans on and off.

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The new temperature sensor and counter

The kit includes a temperature sensor and a number counter.

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Smart lamp

Here's LittleBit's Krystal Persaud showing off a lamp that can be turned on and off using a tablet.

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Smart lamp

This lamp is set up to be switched on and off by using a tablet.

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Security mask

This piece of wall art doubles as a "security mask," which triggers an alarm when someone walks through a spotlight shining on it.

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Doorbell

This is a doorbell that can text the homeowner when a guest arrives and plays music for guests while they wait.

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Pet fish feeder

Here's a Smart Home Kit-powered pet fish feeder that can be automated to feed your animals at a set time.

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If This Then That directions

The pet fish feeder can be controlled using IFTTT (If This Then That), a website that helps set up simple directions for electronics.

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Fish feeder setup

A look at setting up an automated fish feeder.

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Alarm clock

LittleBits has created an automated alarm clock that throws the curtains open and plays music.

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Pulling back the curtains

Getting up in the morning with a little help from an automated alarm clock.

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Coffeemaker

A simple coffeemaker can now be automated.

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The cloudBit

LittleBit's cloudBit enables users to connect objects to their mobile devices.

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Open-fridge alarm

Inside the LittleBits refrigerator, employees made an open-refrigerator alarm, that triggers a buzzer if the door has been left open for too long.

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Fridge alarm

Get a look at LittleBits' open-fridge alarm.

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The LittleBits app

This and the three images that follow are some examples of the LittleBits app on a tablet, as well as some IFTTT directions using LittleBits circuits.

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