Meet the Inventor

Tom Balzamo

We’re loving Tom Balzamo’s Halloween Hack project, which he made with his sons for the Hack Your Halloween challenge.  Let’s learn more about their process!

I am based in Southeast Connecticut (Norwich).

How would you describe yourself in an Ernest Hemingway-style novel? (6 words or less)

A comedy of impatience marrying persistence.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment?  The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug. 

When I saw everything I wanted to make as kid that required cannibalizing every electronic toy I owned contained in one single box of littleBits.

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design process look like?

I start with my desired result/action and build backwards from that.

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?

When brainstorming/problem-solving a thing I now have more options. They’ve helped me view solutions in a “power > input > output” model.

What do you plan on inventing next? 

I’d like to try to use a sound trigger/threshold combo and IR switch/A/C switch combo in my wood-shop to turn on the dust collector automatically when loud tools turn on but there are some bugs to work out that I haven’t solved yet. You guys need to make an A/C switch in 220V 🙂 That way I could even just use an old remote and my remote bit.

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