IoT! Larissa's TTTW
The Internet of Toys is real! I'm hoping to make an app to access tiny microcontrollers from your phone! I picked the LightBlue Bean (Punchthrough) because it is tiny and comes with a battery installed.
More app-making activities! Here I install Cocoapods (a library-manager for iOS app development) and the Beam Framework (beware: I didn't to the Bridge Header yet!)
This is to install some classes and functions that are needed.
Priorities! Nothing works yet, but I'm designing away on the load screen.
A few years ago, a good friend had a great idea for a toy: A wand that you could use to manipulate things in your room. Back then, there was no inexpensive way to make such a thing.
Since, Disney Research, IT companies and others have invested a great deal into making things like this a reality.
I found this very inspiring. This is what I want to take as an example for my project this semester.
This is just to create the project in Xcode. Nothing works yet! This is just creating the project with some basic settings.
The "LightBlue Bean" (let's call it Bean) is a tiny microcontroller that's Bluetooth-programmable from a phone.
I'm thinking, if I make an app to manipulate this device, this could be a fun toy. Like a magic wand!
Making an app is hard - so I made prototypes from cardboard and stickers! I'll admit that it's not quite as tinkerable as what I had in mind. But maybe it's a start!
The MIT Museum gave me the opportunity to present my cardboard prototypes at the Cambridge Science Festival! I had my own booth! Check this out!
This is for the inclusion lecture.
When I was a kid, LEGO Belville was a thing. It was a dream in pink. With horses. I loved it. It had girls on the packaging - a rarity with LEGO in the past 20 years!
Fortuitously, LEGO Technic was also a thing. Figures were the exact same size as my LEGO Belville girls. So obviously, when my brother and I played, we would completely intermix the two.
I would not have played LEGO Technic by myself. It was very clearly meant for boys. When I was a kid, I liked to shift all sorts of paradigms and come up with new stuff. However, I very much identified as a girl, and the boys' "action" stuff just didn't appeal to me. Especially, when there's only boys on the packaging. LEGO didn't even have a single female figure in the Technic products (at least the ones my brother had) - how humiliating to a girl like me! By contrast, when I look at the pastel pink and mint and light grey in pink-themed LEGOs, this makes me feel super warm inside like my hopes and dreams were made of these colors before I even knew who I wanted to grow up to be.
http://www.immersiveyouthmarketing.com/blog/gen-z-is-buying-authenticity.-how-lokai-bracelets-emot - I found this really interesting - it's a bracelet, it looks like it's just for girls, but the 14 year old customer emphasizes:
"... The bracelets themselves are trendy and unisex, so why can’t everyone have one? That’s why Lokai bracelets are doing it right-- they know how to please, they have a nice message, and they give back. It’s all we ask in a person, in a bracelet instead!"
Reading about Gen Z, it is clear: They don't want to be sold to.
Maybe this also means: They don't what you to tell them you target them with your product. They want to own it ... So meet all their needs for aesthetics, but never say that it's for girls?
This is still the cardboard stage. But I'm super impressed with some of the ideas that the kids came up with.
The diabetes thing was the idea of a 9 year old girl. The stress thing was the idea of a 14 year old girl. I think they are just so great!
Here it is!