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Say Hello to Sparky Jr. The DIY Remote Controlled Skyping Roomba

It is 2010, and there is no better time to create your own video chatting controllable robot. Designed by artist, Marque Cornblatt, Sparky Jr. is completely open source, which means all the software, diagrams, and technical specifications are available for free on their website. Also, be sure to see his other "Gomi Style" designs on his YouTube site, H2oboy1. Watch out for Zombies!

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Holiday Photo Flip Book

This Christmas we had a big gathering up in the hills of Arkansas at my grandmothers farm for a 1930s inspired family holiday. The rule is that everything must be 1930s including the gift for the gift exchange, which has to be hand-made and $10 or under.

Make a Flip Book from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

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Sparkle Labs says Happy Holidays with paper and lights!

Sparkle Labs has come up with the sweetest little light up paper Christmas tree for the holidays. It is easy to make, just use your Discover Electronics Kit for the lights and follow the directions on this page.

If you missed Hanukkah, its not too late! There are still a couple days left to make this beautiful paper Menorah! Download the instructions and template off the project website.

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DIY VIDEO: Easy Light-Up Holiday Bow

Create a cute, bright, lighted bow with saran wrap, hot glue, and a couple of LEDs. Yup, you heard me… saran wrap and hot glue. It is the perfect holiday craft for mom’s and daughters to do together, without breaking the bank.

Watch the video below and learn how to make a light-up bow. I promise that it is so easy, you won’t want to make just one!

DIY: How to Make A Lighted Holiday Bow from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

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Light Up Snowflake Ornament by Syuzi

Get your holiday started right by beading a beautiful LED snowflake ornament by Syuzi Pakhchyan. This project is perfect for jewelry buffs and those who like details and shiny things.

You can find the tutorial on Syuzi's site, fashioning technology.

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DIY: Light Up Dandelion Costume as seen on Martha Stewart Show!

(Above: My dog, Mojo, wearing the dandelion costume!)

Before you start, you need to know where to get the fiber optics.

You can find fiber optics in lamps like this one on Amazon, or this ready made decorating light kit, or you can buy a spool from a supplier like JFMagic.com.

[NOTE: If you buy the ready made light kit you can skip how to make a fiber optic bundle, because its done for you. Just know that you'll need to cut your red and black wires and reconnect them later.]

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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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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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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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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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