Prototyping Process Blog

What I did

The sprint this week was focused on bridging the gap between ideation and the first iteration of a low fidelity prototype.

For these prototypes we used the LittleBits electronic building blocks.

The LittleBits Kit and all of its components

As soon as we unpacked the kit I felt a little overwhelmed by the variety of components and their uses. But after apt time was given to familiarize ourselves with each part and it’s function we were able to get through the tutorials with ease. The jump from making a device from instructions to ideating a new prototype and then configuring your own setup is huge. Failure was indeed part of the process. A few times a switch was flipped and nothing happened. The “bits” themselves are quite intuitive so retracing your steps and finding out what failed in your design was easy. The prompts provided gave enough guidance to get the ball rolling so to speak and eventually my group was able to take one of our ideas and turn it into a low fidelity prototype.

My groups prototype; a fetch machine


A problem we encountered was understanding the function of some of the more obscure parts of the kit. The threshold piece for instance, which became an integral part of our prototype, baffled us until we googled it. We also had to use two kits on our final version because there weren’t enough parts to complete or design.

If I were to take this project further I’d like to try and make the design more efficient. Specifically with how the counter implements, I would like to try and make it more automated so the system can be more self contained.

Question: Is prototyping an area you would like to focus more on in the future?

Yes. I found this specific studio very enjoyable and I like the process of turning an idea into a physical object.

Bonus Question: whats the name of your prototype?

The Fetch-o-matic 5000 mark 1.

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