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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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Japanese Lighted Mirror: A Look at Cultural Misinterpretation and Misrepresentation

The "Actress Mirror," made by Train Corporation in Japan, has been recently introduced to the US market and sold in the Paul Smith retail. It is a compact mirror with 8 built-in LED lights, powered by a 12V battery housed inside the hinge of the mirror's clamshell. With that information, fashion tech DIYers like you probably can figure out how to make one yourself by procuring 8 LEDs rated around 1.5V and wiring them to a 12V power source (1.5V x 8 = 12V). But this post is not about making a lighted mirror. What I'm wondering is this:

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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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Innovative Women: Brynn Hudson's Travel Iron

(Video above) Press & Go Iron from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

Brynn Hudson, a jewelry designer from Maplewood, New Jersey, shows off her idea for a Press & Go Travel Iron to IHeartSwitch.com. You can take it anywhere and spot press your clothes on the go with no fuss, no mess, and no wires!

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Kyeok Kim's Second Skin Jewelry

Jewelry designer Kyeok Kim plays with the relationship between ornamentation and the body, allowing colorful light to cascade over the skin or leaving impressions of text on the body.

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Electronic Sewing Kits

If you are having a tough time finding the right electronic craft materials for your next invention, try out one of these great kits available online.

Stern Lab is a good choice if you are looking for the basics at a good cost. With this kit you can light up a t-shirt or your embroidery. $15 on Etsy

 

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Solar Powered Happiness in a Bottle

If your headed into the wild this summer, be sure to take along the Light Cap by Sollight. You can drink till your hearts content and then hang the bottles from a tree for light as beautiful as the lanterns at Tavern on the Green.

These caps are also great for that old Nalgene bottle you've saved.

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Flashback Fashion Tech

This charming flower is not costume jewelry but actually a hearing aid device made in—1802!

If you think that integrating useful technology into clothing and accessories is something new, think again. Without fail, we can always look to the past for seeds innovation to stimulate our own creation. Below I've put together a number of fun inventions from the bygone days and compared them to some of their modern day counterparts.

 

1972: Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio R-72

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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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