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DIY LED Necklace by Diana Eng

Make Your Own EA SPORTS Active Resistance Band

[Post updated] Here at Switch we are very into the convergence of lifestyle and technology (not that you haven't noticed). One trend that we found very encouraging is the technology-assisted fitness programs. Inventions such as Nike+, Wii Fit, and Equinox MyEq are all great examples of what can be done in this space.

The latest success story is a Wii exercise "game" called EA SPORTS Active (video embedded below). While it can't replace a real personal trainer, it may be the next best thing for people who don't have the moolah to hire one or find the gym mind-numbingly boring. No wonder it managed to sell over 600k copies in less than two weeks and shows no sign of slowing down.

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Kiss Me I'm Polish!

Agnieszka Gasparska, who did the design of the Aromatherapy Sachet for Switch Craft, has relaunched her site called kissmeimpolish.com. Agnieszka is an award winning designer with a flair for making. Check out the work and get inspired!

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Illuminating eco-consciousness

Choosing the Right Magnetic Switch for Your Project

The magnetic switch is a wonder tool for designers who would like to turn a circuit on and off based on proximity. The Shiny Clutch and Aromatherapy Sachet in our book Switch Craft are two examples. However, buying the right magnetic switch can be tricky at times.

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Make your own Electro Puff from IFM


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How to Make your own fabric prints with Spoonflower

Textile design has always been a really interesting art form to me. But, after experimenting with some not-so-simple techniques such as stenciling, bleaching, RIT dying, and candle wax masking (a.k.a. “A MESS”), I reluctantly gave up the dream of making my own fabric. Luckily Spoonflower—an online fabric printing service—came along and opened the door for easy textile creation for the rest of us!

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Make the Switch to Green - A contribution by Switch reader, Bethany Pruitt

Looking for a way to go green while stepping up your fashion with Switch Craft? I found it so easy to practice the “Three Rs” of environmentalism with the projects in Switch Craft! When you make your own clothes and accessories, that’s reducing the amount you buy. Second, you can reuse all of the electronics you need to make your Switch Craft projects. Remember those old light-up tennis shoes your little brother or sister used to wear? They would be perfect to use to make a light-up decorative pillow!

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A Note on Privacy Protection for Passport, Key Card, and Credit Card

The following information is for the readers of our book Switch Craft. However, if you are interested in making your own privacy passport cover, key card holder, or wallet that may prevent unwanted RFID (radio-frequency identification) sniffing, you are welcome to read on.

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Vibrating Motor Hack

Here are some supplemental instructions for those of you working on the vibrating motor hack from the Switch Craft Basics section. For those who don't have the book, you can still use the same hack to create a handy motor set for your own projects with vibrating motions.

1. Remove the Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush from the package (skip this step if you are recycling a used Pulsar).

2. Find the parting line at the bottom of the brush and twist off the bottom “part” of the brush off.

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