Joshua has been avid littleBits inventor and video maker for some time. We spoke with him to learn more about his process.
Where are you based?
I am based in Maitland, FL.
How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
Why buy when you can build?
What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
I was watching Grant Thompson, The King of Random, when I stumbled across his electronics projects with littleBits. I thought it would be loads of fun to do some of those projects, especially the one where you can change your home thermostat remotely. So I asked if I could get the Deluxe Kit for a summer project.
When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
First I think of a random idea, then I write the ideas down in a book. I first make a simple prototype, if that works, I continue to upgrade the prototype until I have a finished project. If it doesn’t work I go back a step. I like to add fun and humor in my videos.
How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
In my fourth grade class we are required to make a different school project each month based on our literature book and present it orally. I always like to think of ways to add electronics to my project. This has led to some real fun projects that have inspired other students to add electronics to their projects and some have purchased littleBits also! I have also started learning how to solder in order to expand my projects.
Two of my favorite projects are:
1) The Cheesy Rat was a literature project for the book, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischmann. We had to design a rat trap that wouldn’t kill the rat. I used motion sensor, a servo, USB power, cloud bit to flip the floor of the trap when the motion sensor detected the rat.
2) For the Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden we had to create a diorama of one of the scenes in the book. I included the DC motor, pulse, P1 Power, to create a moving clock.
What do you plan on inventing next?
I like inventing things that are useful to people and make life easier.