Meet the Inventor

Montserrat Sanz

Montserrat Sanz and her boys Arnau and Eric blew us away with their Christmas House.  It has so many features!  Let’s get to know Montserrat and her family better.

I am based in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain).  The Christmas House video was recorded in Catalan, but we try always to speak about robotics in English to learn this language… the family languages are German, Catalan and Spanish .

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

“Always learning, always experimenting, always having fun with robotics”

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

After burning an arduino plate and some other components, we discovered that littlebits was the mean to bring error-free electronics to our 7 and 8-years old kids.

And especially the Arduino module of littleBits that permit us to join it with other “worlds”.

With our children Arnau and Eric , as with our laboratory AnoiaLab friends (Carles, Albert and Vicenç), as well  the kids of our workshop of littleBits, we have seen always the fascination of the kids and the enthusiasm for play with the colored littleBits freely.

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

Unlike other technologies, littleBits requires a creative component like a handcraft. This is where kids have their own ideas like building secret boxes or scary monsters. So planning starts with the creative phase, which is the most difficult for us, and then easily goes to designing and building once the idea is clear.

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?

littleBits is the ideal tool for creativity, as you do not have to worry on how to technically do things, but in what is that that you want to build. LittleBits has forced us to be creative and to use our imagination! For example, reusing old toys with littleBits.

What do you plan on inventing next?

We are amazed by the Darth Vader costume examples that we have already seen on the Internet, and we are really wanting to build our own. May the force be with us! 😉

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