Meet the Inventor

Ron Dagdag

 

Ron Dagdag asks “What if we can control an Arduino Bit with Augmented Reality App? What if we can combine both worlds? That’s what made me look into this, since I want to make a film and want to use special effects as part of the project.”   Now he’s answering these questions with a series of visually impressive projects, like his Cloud-controlled Augmented Reality LightSaber #BitWars (video above).  Let’s get to know Ron Dagdag!

I am based in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.

How would you describe yourself in an Ernest Hemingway-style novel? (6 words or less)
Enjoys building projects with my kids.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
I wanted to introduce my kids to world of programming. Realizing they need to learn how to read first, my “A-ha” moment is when my daughter was able to snap Littlebits modules and saw the smile on her face when it lit up; I can show them concepts of how logic works.

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design process look like?
I look at other projects and learn from others. I like combining different technologies, finding ways to connect different systems together, merging Virtual Worlds to Real World. The BitWars project is perfect example of that; combining the magical world of Star Wars into our world.

Watch Ron’s Mind-Controlled BB-8 Droid #BitWarsvideo below.

 

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
My kids have full of energy and imagination. At this age, everything is magical – that’s why they call Littlebits as ‘tricks. This is a platform to create magic tricks together. It is easier to prototype ideas together and debug hardware.

What do you plan on inventing next?
I plan to use LeapMotion device to control a LightSaber.

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