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.