Sprint 6: Prototyping
First Exposure to littleBits
When we first were given the littleBits, there was a mini tutorial that went through a variety of different combinations of the parts that each did a different thing. Going through all of that was pretty simple, and my partner and I caught the hang of it in no time. We went on to complete the task of making a prototype designed for pet owners who are worried about their pets not getting enough exercise while they are away at work. The idea we came up with was a sensor that sensed if the dog was in bed and if it was daytime, then a speaker would play barking noises to make sure the dog was awake during the day. We then created a comic to depict the scenario, and then we created a process diagram to help us determine what parts we needed to make the prototype. After all that, it was pretty easy to pop the littleBits pieces together to make a successful prototype. A video that goes more in depth about it can be viewed below.
The biggest problems we encountered while doing this project was being limited by the capabilities of littleBits. We only had a handful of different parts to work with, but it put an interesting restraint that added to our creativity while making our prototype. If I were to do this project again, it would be interesting to use an Arduino to make a higher fidelity prototype that would hopefully would a higher percentage of the time, as our littleBits had connectivity issues that were hard to diagnose.
What did you like about this project and why?
I really enjoyed seeing my ideas enter the physical world. Although the project was pretty simple, and the prototype was make of something as low of a fidelity as littleBits, it was really neat to create a physical system that could lead to a solution to someone’s problem.