Meet the Inventor

Cara Larsen

Me and Robo-Manatee

Where are you based?
South Mississippi

How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
An artist who likes sea creatures.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
I first discovered littleBits when they were mentioned in a news article about science toys. I was excited about being able to make things that move or light up, and I loved the idea of a toy that makes inventing accessible to everyone, so I asked for a littleBits kit for Christmas.

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
I usually make several rough sketches of what my invention might look like, while brainstorming what materials I could use to make it work. As I build, I take pictures of every step. There is a lot of trial and error, and sometimes the end result may be completely different from what I first had in mind.

 

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
In addition to teaching me about electronics, inventing with littleBits has helped me think about creative and useful ways to use common household objects, including things that might otherwise be thrown away.

 

What do you plan on inventing next?
My latest invention in progress is a “Cake Sprinkler”: a machine that uses a servo to put sprinkles on cake or cupcakes.

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