Exploring the process of Device Prototyping

For our final sprint, I was able to get a hands-on experience with device prototyping. I think device prototyping is a fascinating concept as you are able to physically create some kind of tangible product of an idea of yours. Through this week’s sprint, I was able to be in the shoes of an inventor, and a creator and work the steps of creating a very simplified device prototype with the help of the LitteBits kit.

First encounter with LittleBits:

When I was first introduced to the LittleBits kit, I was a bit intimidated because I have no experience working with something similar to an Arduino. There was a lot of fear of not being able to understand how to properly create something with the LittleBits kit.

Major steps to success with LittleBits:

I was able to get a better understanding of each individual LittleBits circuit board after having an hands-on exercise where we were given a task to create a device prototype for a given scenario. As we got more time with the LittleBits kit, I was able to become more experienced with it and . I think one major step that enabled me to succeed with LittleBits was getting enough exposure with the kit and being able to play with it a little bit to understand the functionality of it.

Working with my group to create a dog-barker counter with the LittleBits kit

My Device Prototype with LittleBits:

My group decided to tackle the challenge of: Having a roommate that always forgets to throw away the trash whenever the trash can is full. We decided that the best solution is to have some kind of sensor-machine that notifies the user whenever the trash can becomes full.

Our device prototype we came up with: The Trash Notifier 1.0

Video of my final device prototype:

What could have gone better:

I think this sprint’s project was very straight forward however, I wasn’t very satisfied with the result of my final device prototype because I thought the functionality was too simple and I wish I could have used a little bit more of the LittleBits Kit to make it more complicating.

Reflection:

Overall, I believe this was my favorite sprint out of all the sprints we did as I was very fascinated by the devices we were able to create with the help from the LittleBits Kit. It really made me realize that the possibilities are truly endless as to what we can make using device prototyping. It was also very exciting to see your idea transfer from just being an idea to a tangible device. Playing with the LittleBits kit, one question that I got was, are there any professional fields that specifically use the LittleBits kit to create a simple low-fidelity device prototype? I didn’t quite run into any problems while creating my device prototype however, in the future, I would like to work on something a bigger scale and create something better.

Wildcard Question: What are some interesting take-aways from your experience with device prototyping?

From the lectures, I was able to learn the difference between machines and sensors as I originally thought that they were interchangeable in a sense where I always believed that sensors were part of machines. Also, just working on this project made me realize that device prototyping is such an essential step to seeing your ideas in a physical representation. I was also amazed by several different professional fields that uses device prototyping whether it may be medical related or just something along the lines of security of our homes.

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