Meet the Inventor

Sky Shin

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Sky Shin got our attention when we saw her food dispensing backpack. In fact, it was so clever and well-done, she won the September 2015 Hack Your Backpack Challenge. Sky loves making machines that dispense things and uses littleBits to do so (she’s made 7 in total!). We wanted to find out more about her process.

Where are you based?
I am based in Southern California.

How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
Creative, reserved, curious, and amiable.

What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
I was watching a youtube video on a droid and other toy reviews and littleBits happened to be one of the three toys that were reviewed. The people in the video had a competition to make something and I thought that this product will be a cool and easier way to build my homemade vending machines.

When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
I usually plan out my project in my head while watching videos, walking to school, or when I am bored and imagine how things will go together. Then I quickly sketch everything down so I know my layout and just start building. Usually my projects are built by trial and error. After my project is finished I film my project in action, then explain how it works for anybody who wants to know the mechanism. Usually tutorials are not made due to the fact that everything I build is through trial and error and have no measurements.

How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
I have always wanted to learn to make something work electronically and littleBits allowed me to do just that. It is so easy to build with that it makes me want to build and make more things.

What do you plan on inventing next?
I don’t have anything specific in mind but I am planning to build a machine that will make something in life easier (such as chores) or something that can entertain.

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