The LittleBits Kit!

What Did I do?

It was the very first time for me being exposed to the LittleBits kit during last studio session. I had no idea how to use the LittleBits kit.

the LitteBits Kit

Categorizing parts by their functions was extremely helpful because it analyzed the LittleBits kit’s logic: a system runs with power, input and output. With such acknowledgment, I knew the logic flow, which was instrumental in breaking up complicated design problems into small design goals. Moreover, by designing easy systems under assigned scenarios, I was able to know how each piece in the kit works. For instance, I knew the counter was to count the times. However, I did not know it can count backwards as well. My goal was to design a system that reduces the possibility of overbaking cookies.

my prototype for reducing the possibility of overbaking cookies

With the logic flow in mind, I quickly designed the input (timer, push button) and the output (buzzer and motor). However, I had some difficulty preventing the buzzer from buzzing when I turned on the power.

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My Experience

When I was analyzing my design goal, I had a problem: How does the system know cookies are overbaked? Or, why do people usually overbake cookies? Because the kit did not have the capability of detecting the quality of food, ergo I needed to find out a factor which reflects the fact that cookies are overbaked. After a short discussion with my partner, both of us thought the time was a good reflection of the quality of cookies. So, we set the timer to specific time. And all we had to do was preventing users from cooking overtime.

Thoughts on the littleBits

What is your thought on the LittleBits Kit? Do you like it?

I really like the LittleBits. It requires less knowledge to operate the system but produces same good prototypes. Moreover, it is exhilarating because each piece has a variety of options for one major function. For instance, the counter is not limited to counting forward. It can also count backwards. Such variation can be powerful when it comes to a complex design

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