Sprint 5 Process Blog

Our final product! It notifies you via text when your oven goes off.
Whitney and I trying to figure out a feasible prototype
  1. We had to look at the instruction manual in order to figure out what all the different bits were for and also for ideas on what to build. Then, we looked on the littlebits website and browsed through instructions for a few different projects to get an idea of what had to be done in order to make a prototype. There was a long period of time where my partner Whitney and I simply discussed potential problems we could solve within the home, trying to decide on how we wanted to solve those problems. Finally, we agreed on a prototype that was similar to one in the littlebits brochure, but simply for a different house appliance. As a breakdown of the steps, it was: understanding littlebits and what it can do, brainstorming, and prototyping.
  2. It was difficult to come up with ideas that weren’t already in the market or in development. Furthermore, it was difficult for us to understand what sort of designs were feasible considering the amount of time we had and the options we had in the littlebits kit. If we had the chance to do this project again, I think we would try to work on something more difficult/complex, since we know the basics of littlebits already.
  3. Question: What did you like about this sprint and why? What did you dislike about this sprint? I really liked this sprint because I love making things with my hands and challenging myself to bring an idea to life. My major problem was this sprint was the short amount of time we had for it, which I know is an inevitable problem since we only had one studio section for this sprint. I would really love to work with littlebits more in order to create a complex and actually useful idea, because I felt like I was very limited in terms of the feasibility of the ideas I had for prototypes.
  4. My question is really how we should find the balance between privacy and convenience, since it seems like an indirect correlation: the less privacy you have (meaning the more control these devices have over your life and the more they know you), the better they function and the more “convenient” they make your life. I’m not sure if there is any reasonable way to solve this problem, besides just not turning your home into a smart home. The main danger with a smartphone is that these devices depend upon having to save your data in order to function, thus the companies that have these devices will also have access to the data, because it needs to be stored somewhere.