Meet the Inventor

Richard, Carson, and Cole

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These inventors are one of our Hack Your Halloween challenge winners!

Where are you based?
We’re based in Toronto, Canada

How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
Sailor, Dad. Foodie. Techie. Musician. Advertiser.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
After Christmas last year, a littleBits kit sat on a shelf for a couple of months unopened. The boys were bored one day and I pulled out the kit – they’d forgotten that they even had it! Once we built the first project – that was it. Such a cool product which fits well with our creative life. Also, as someone who’s worked in advertising and production for more than 20 years, I saw the potential to create some amazing devices that could be used to prototype ideas or create interesting installations for education and experiential applications – haven’t used them for this yet but perhaps one day!

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
We started with the idea. Then, we sketched out what we wanted it to look like, how it would work and what bits we’d need to create it. Once we had this together, we started shooting video. With this project, we made it up as we went along. Shot some video of building the circuits and in the shop, then wrote out what titles/sections we’d have. From the start, I knew it would have 2 sections – one of the build and 1 being ‘the movie’ where we’d try out the device. I laid in some music and starting cutting! The first section we just used an iphone for the shoot. On the ‘movie’ section, we used a real camera with a little better low light ability. It was the boys first ‘acting’ roles – which was hilarious and fun.

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
littleBits has given me the ability to think about and actually create devices that, through normal channels, would be out of reach. The ability to put together circuits on our own lets us be creative while having lots of fun!

What do you plan on inventing next?
Cole says: “Anything that comes to mind.” Carson says: “A crawling pumpkin” I’m thinking a bluetooth controlled lock for our back storage!

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