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Arrival Estimator

by elaine_littleBits

Published on October 19, 2016

INVENT YOUR OWN LOCATION-INDICATOR. By tapping into the GPS on your mom’s smart device, you can see when she’s close to work, almost home, or stuck in traffic. Add more recipes and keep track of your whole family!

 

HOW IT WORKS:

  • The p3 POWER provides electricity to the circuit. 
  • The w20 CLOUDBIT connects to the website IF THIS THEN THAT via wifi. When the connected recipes are true, the cloudBit sends a signal to the servo.
  • The o11 SERVO swings between 0-110 degrees when it receives different signal levels, changing the arrow position.

 

When you're done building your invention, keep the fun going by following the Invention Cycle below!

 

PLAY: Put your Arrival Estimator to work! Where’s the best place to display it? When is it most helpful? See what your family thinks!

 

REMIX:

  • USE SOUND EFFECTS. Try using the mp3 and speaker Bits to create custom sounds for your Arrival Estimator.
  • INCLUDE MORE PEOPLE. Create new recipes to see when your whole family will be home!
  • ADD TIME ESTIMATES. Do you wonder when your best friend will arrive at your place? Redesign your Arrival Estimator to show when they are ten minutes, then five minutes away.

 

SHARE: How has the Arrival Estimator changed your everyday? Show the community through a video or comic!

Duration: 45 minutes minimum

How To Make It

STEP 1 :

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BUILD YOUR CIRCUIT.

STEP 2 :

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PRESS THE SERVO HUB ONTO THE SERVO.

STEP 3 :

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MAKE AN ARROW, AND ICONS FOR WORK, HOME, AND DRIVING.

STEP 4 :

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ATTACH THE ARROW TO THE SERVO HUB.

STEP 5 :

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SECURE THE ICONS TO SOMETHING STIFF, LIKE CARDBOARD.

STEP 6 :

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FIND A BOX FOR THE BASE OF YOUR INDICATOR. You can also make your own box!

STEP 7 :

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ATTACH YOUR ICONS TO THE BASE.

STEP 8 :

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CUT HOLES INTO THE INDICATOR FOR THE BIT FEET AND SERVO.

STEP 9 :

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ATTACH YOUR CIRCUIT.

STEP 10 :

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SIGN IN TO "IF THIS THEN THAT" TO START CREATING A NEW RECIPE.

STEP 11 :

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AFTER LOGGING IN, SELECT "MY RECIPES" AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

STEP 12 :

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CLICK CREATE A RECIPE.

STEP 13 :

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SELECT "THIS".

STEP 14 :

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SEARCH "LOCATION". Select the icon for Android or iOS to match the operating system of your mom's smart device.

STEP 15 :

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SELECT "YOU ENTER AN AREA".

STEP 16 :

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ENTER YOUR MOM'S WORK ADDRESS. Adjust the notification radius around the office. When the smart device enters this area, your Arrival Estimator will show your mom at work. Click "CREATE TRIGGER" to set the area.

STEP 17 :

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SELECT "THAT".

STEP 18 :

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SEARCH FOR "LITTLEBITS", AND SELECT THE ICON.

STEP 19 :

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SELECT SET OUTPUT LEVEL.

STEP 20 :

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CHOOSE YOUR CLOUDBIT FROM THE DROPDOWN MENU; SET THE OUTPUT LEVEL TO 0; AND SET THE DURATION TO "FOREVER". CLICK "CREATE ACTION" TO FINALIZE YOUR SETTINGS.

STEP 21 :

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IF YOU'RE SATISFIED WITH YOUR RECIPE, CLICK "CREATE RECIPE".

STEP 22 :

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REPEAT STEPS 12-19 FOR YOUR HOME ADDRESS.

STEP 23 :

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WHEN SETTING THE OUTPUT LEVEL, CHOOSE YOUR CLOUDBIT FROM THE DROPDOWN MENU, ENTER 100 IN THE LEVEL FIELD, AND SET THE DURATION TO "FOREVER". CLICK "CREATE ACTION" TO FINALIZE YOUR SETTINGS."

STEP 24 :

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IF YOU'RE SATISFIED WITH YOUR RECIPE, CLICK "CREATE RECIPE".

STEP 25 :

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AGAIN, SELECT "CREATE A RECIPE". We will make two more recipes to show when your mom leaves work and home.

STEP 26 :

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SELECT "THIS".

STEP 27 :

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SEARCH "LOCATION". Select the icon for Android or iOS to match the operating system of your mom's smart device.

STEP 28 :

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SELECT "YOU EXIT AN AREA".

STEP 29 :

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ENTER YOUR MOM'S WORK ADDRESS AGAIN. Adjust the notification radius around the office. When the smart device leaves this area, your Arrival Estimator will show that your mom is driving. Click "CREATE TRIGGER" to set the area.

STEP 30 :

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SELECT “THAT”.

STEP 31 :

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SEARCH FOR "LITTLEBITS", AND SELECT THE ICON.

STEP 32 :

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SELECT SET OUTPUT LEVEL.

STEP 33 :

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CHOOSE YOUR CLOUDBIT FROM THE DROPDOWN MENU; SET THE OUTPUT LEVEL TO 50; AND SET THE DURATION TO "FOREVER". CLICK "CREATE ACTION" TO FINALIZE YOUR SETTINGS.

STEP 34 :

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IF YOU'RE SATISFIED WITH YOUR RECIPE, CLICK "CREATE RECIPE".

STEP 35 :

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REPEAT STEPS 25-34 FOR YOUR HOME ADDRESS.

STEP 36 :

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DOWNLOAD THE IF THIS THEN THAT APP ON YOUR MOM'S SMART DEVICE. Sign in to your account to start using your recipes.

STEP 37 :

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PLUG IN YOUR CIRCUIT, AND ALWAYS KNOW WHEN YOUR MOM WILL BE HOME!

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