My swift playgrounds demonstrates an interactive storybook – my Pepeha. Pepeha is a way of introducing yourself in Māori – the indigenous people of my homeland New Zealand. It tells people who you are by sharing your connections with the people and places that are important to you. I thought it would be nice to share some of New Zealand with Apple, so I wanted to illustrate our native flora and fauna such as the Fern, Kowhai, Pohutukawa, Harakeke (flax) and the Cabbage tree, along with birdsong from our native birds, like Tui, Kereru, and Fantail.
I wanted a boosted board, but couldn't afford one. So as any nerd would do, I built my own. Previously I had only worked with small scale electronics: Raspberry Pi, low voltage motors and lights etc. This was a whole different ball game. I learnt so much about batteries, motors and speed controllers with this project – which I've been able to apply to a range of new projects I'm working on these days.