Meet the Inventor

Bridget McGraw

 

We first met Bridget McGraw when she become the Chapter leader of Oakland, CA in August of last year. Since then, she’s become a superstar in the litteBits community, running workshops for big conferences, beta-testing BitCraft (littleBits + Minecraft integration and working on her own project. Given her many talents, we wanted to learn more.

I am based in Oakland, California.

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

Digital veteran with beginner’s mind.

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

I had an idea for a product called Enchanted Book and in an afternoon I set up a cloudBit in a cardboard prototype to send an SMS to simulate how the product would work. It was delightful, easy, and effective. People understood what I was trying to achieve when they pressed the button in my first prototype.

 

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

Usually I think with my hands, so the design process is “on the fly.” However, I am writing an Internet of Things curriculum module for a technology incubator in San Leandro, CA called Pilot City and my design process is methodical. I start with the aim, write clear instructions, develop a project that exercises new skills and think critically, and then test it on a teacher.

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How has littleBits impacted you creatively?

The cloudBit strengthened my creative confidence to such a degree that for the first time in 20+ years of working in technology that I believe in the commercial viability of a product. The Enchanted Book is not my first idea, but it is the first idea that I was able to ideate, prototype, and test quickly and productively.

What do you plan on inventing next? 

I had an idea for a tea-steeper that has a DC motor that will lift a tea bag out of a cup after 3-5 minutes (adjustable).

 

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