Prototype Process Blog

What I did

When I first looked at Littlebits I had no idea what they were or what to do with them.

My partner and I organizing the pieces of Littlebits by color

But I quickly realized that you just had to match up one of each color to make a series that works. After playing around for a little we started to think of a real idea for our prototype.

Our first sketch of the prototype.

We came up with an idea to put a button on a cat so that when they sit down they get annoyed.

We then tinkered around with the Littlebits until we figured out our prototype

The finished prototype

The reason we did this was to try and discover a way to help people keep their cats in good physical shape while they’re working long hours.

Questions it Raised

A question that kept getting brought up in my group was: “Is this too simple?” Obviously, we were asking for the sake of our grades not because we were actually worried we developed something “too simple” because a well-designed prototype really should be as simple as possible to make it more feasible, desirable and usable.

If I had to do it again I would probably pick a different prototype thats more realistic. For example, a prototype that could lock the food up after a certain amount of it has been eaten.

Wildcard Question

Would my prototype ever really work?

Yeah probably. It actually has probably already been a prototype we just haven’t seen it because most people don’t have fat cats or care if they have fat cats. The best solution to a fat cat is simply feeding it less so why would someone design a prototype that makes annoying noises to fix a problem that isn’t really a problem.

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