Meet the Inventor

Adam Christianson

Adam Christianson was a grand prize winner of the Magic of Invention challenge.  He recreated the Slugulus Eructo curse that backfires on Ron. The gross-out factor of his “Eat Slugs!” invention made it a favorite of many Bitsters.


Where are you based?
San Diego, CA

How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
Father, husband, podcaster, programmer, big kid.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
When I saw what was going on in the littleBits community. It was inspiring. All these amazing people who were taking these simple pieces and combining them in really creative ways to build inventions that were much more than the sum of their parts (Bits). It was incredible.

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
I don’t have too much of a process beyond experimentation, I’m afraid. I generally start with an idea of what I want to create and then I just start grabbing Bits and trying to figure out ways to make it work. I’ll also go to the Inventions section of the littleBits site and look for ideas. If I get really stuck I turn to the littleBits forum and ask for help. There are amazingly smart people in there. For the video stuff, I’m a Mac guy, I’ll turn to iMovie. My goal is to make sure I illustrate all the steps in the build process clearly while keeping the video concise.

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
I think the biggest impact they’ve had is to teach me to look at problems from different perspectives. Very rarely does my first solution work, actually most of the time it fails spectacularly. I’ve learned not to get frustrated by that, but to step back and explore other ways to get to the solution. Because they are so modular and quick to assemble littleBits make that process easy.

What do you plan on inventing next?
I’m not really sure. I received a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Bit over the holidays so probably something using that. I’m inspired by some of the great inventors in the community like @timothy.high, @alexpikkert, and @JackANDJude so very likely I’ll take one of their ideas or concepts and use it to inspire my own creation.

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