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Make Your Own EA SPORTS Active Workout Pants—No More Leg Strap!

[Update: A reader informed us that he or she has ready-made workout pants similar to the one described here available for purchase online. So if you don't have time to DIY, you know where to go.]

We wrote about our positive experience with the Wii exercise "game" EA SPORTS Active a while ago and also demonstrated how to make a replacement resistance band for better workouts.  Now, let's tackle another accessory of EA SPORTS Active: the leg strap, or more accurately, how to eliminate the leg strap from your workout equation.

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Reader Project: Tom Biro's Gadget Gloves

I found Tom's project on Flickr by total accident. Apparently, he was sent the link on how to make the gadget gloves and made two pairs for Christmas last year.

Tom ran into a bit of a snare with the sewing. This is because it is harder to sew a perfect straight line when you have knited gloves. With knitted gloves you can do a series of knots to make a little ball of thread at the end of your finger instead of the straight stitches suggested in the tutorial. 

Great job Tom. I know you have some thread left over, so get to making some for this year too! 

 

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DIY: Souvenir Video Tagging

Photo by Ryan Collard

Surprise your guests by linking any object in your home to online videos! For example, in my home, if a guest picks up one of the pieces from my tea set and places it on an area of my coffee table, it plays a movie from my trip to South Korea on my LCD screen.

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Light on your feet

Johanna Hyrkas, a designer featured at IMU, a design collective that showcases works from young Finnish- and Helsinki designers has knitted a lighted carpet. There is not much information on the project, but it seems to be light rope that has wool knitted or crochet around it. 

You can see more IMU designers here.

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DIY Boxwood TV Wall

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York TimesPhoto by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times

One of the projects featured in the NY Times article is the boxwood wall covering around my mounted LCD. We put a small hole into the sheetrock, (easily patched and painted if I move), and pulled wires down to the baseboard. The big screen is then nestled into a white garden of artificial boxwood.

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Sparkle Labs

It's cute, it's smart, and you can make it do things! No, it’s not a robot or my pet Pomeranian, it’s the Discover Electronics Kit from Sparkle Labs. The kit, designed by husband and wife team Ariel Churi and Amy Parness, is so absolutely adorable to look at and use it will inspire even the most fearful of electro-phobes to take their first steps into making their own circuits.

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"NotCot" discovers what's inside vibrating mascara

Jean Awe of NOTCOT has unearthed the tiny little vibrating motors inside Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara.

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Dandelight DeLite

The Dandelinght is a cute little weed popping up all over design and technology blogs. The down-home DIY craftsmanship and whimsical design, created by Design Drift, is made with real dandelion seeds around a single LED.

You can purchase one of these little art pieces from designboom or if you want a  challenge, you could try to make one yourself.

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How to get what you want: E-Textile Style

"How to Get What You Want" is an AMAZING site documenting Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson's e-textile explorations for the past few years.

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DIY LED Necklace by Diana Eng