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The Cyborg Heart in a Can is a good gift for Valentine's Day (Sorry, here use to be a romantic story about an ex-girlfriend, but now it's over, so I left only the step by step).

When the can is closed with the cap, the Cyborg Heart is off. But, when you remove the cap, the switch is released closing the circuit and the Cyborg Heart start to light and move.

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Step 1: Materials and tips

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1 heart shaped thing (I found a heart made of wood. It's Valentine's Time, so don't tell me you can't find a plastic or wood heart)
1 can
1 spring
1 toy motor
1 Playstation joystick motor eccentric weight (or you can make your own eccentric weight using a plastic or metallic piece)
1 Big LED.
1 industrial switch (I dismantled it for the centre of the heart)
1 release switch
1 AAA 2 batteries holder
gears, scratch (for decorating)
red and black wire
screws and bolts
Tin soldering


Dremel Rotary Tool
Wire cutters
Screwdriver kit
Soldering Iron
Super Glue

And don't forget the classic building rules (plus one):

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock.
6. Enjoy.

Step 2: The Centre of The Heart

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The heart had a hole in the center, so I dismantled the industrial switch and I install it. It will be the housing for the LED and the spring will be attached in the back.

Step 3: The Circuit

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Follow the circuit diagram for the electric part of this project.

Step 4: The LED

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To case the LED into the center, I used a wheel from a toy car. Then I glue it with superglue to the industrial switch.

Step 5: The Motor

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Attach the eccentric weight to the motor, and fix it to the heart.

Connect the motor wires to the LED (remember: red wire = +, black wire = -)

Step 6: The Spring

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Attach the spring to the heart's back. Fix it with a screw.

Step 7: Decorating the heart

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I used the knob from the industrial switch (note the arrow) and some gears for a mechanical look.

Step 8: The Can

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Attach the spring to the cookies can. Use nuts, bolts and some metallic discs.

Make a hole in the back of the can, for passing the wires to the outer part.

Step 9: Final touches

Glue the switch to the can's border. What's the idea? The can's cap press the switch, the circuit is open and the heart is off. When you remove the cap, the switch is released, the circuit closes and the heart lights and vibrates.

Glue the batteries box to the outside and connect all the wires according to the circuit diagram of the step 3.

Adjust the cap to the can and put a beautiful bow in the top. Put the batteries and... give your Cyborg Heart to somebody special!!!
Came here through the 12/30/12 Instructables interview, and dang it, now I've got something in my eyes...

What a cute surprise! I hope you two are very happy!
M.C. Langer (author)  threeoutside2 years ago
Thanks. But I have to edit this instructable. Now it's over... :-(
Aw, that's too bad. But I hope now you know CAN love, and love will find you again. (The "CAN" wasn't meant to be a pun, but it turned out that way.)

Never give up hope!
M.C. Langer (author)  threeoutside2 years ago
Thanks!! I won't! :-)
You know if you were in the U.S., I would definitely ask you out! :)
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
I will be in San Francisco starting February 27th and at least for three months. The honor will be mine if a fantastic woman like you ask me out! :-)
:) Wow what a surprise that you'll be in the U.S. soon! We'll have to figure something out!
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
I love the idea! :-)
Good me too!
nes_link3 years ago
:D como siempre una nota tus trabajos!! esta genial :)
M.C. Langer (author)  nes_link3 years ago
Gracias Nes!!! :-)
holmalucy3 years ago
Hermoso! Yo quiero uno!
M.C. Langer (author)  holmalucy3 years ago
Gracias Holmilla!
TSC3 years ago
Thats sweet!
M.C. Langer (author)  TSC3 years ago
Thanks TSC! Please, If you like my instructable, vote for me in the Valentine's Challenge. :-)
TSC M.C. Langer3 years ago
Your welcome! I will vote!
M.C. Langer (author)  TSC3 years ago
Thanks!!!! :-)
TSC M.C. Langer3 years ago
Your welcome!
skiedra3 years ago
Another great one, Langer!
M.C. Langer (author)  skiedra3 years ago
Thanks Skiedra! Please, if you like it, vote for me! :-)
Sure thing, mate, you got my vote
M.C. Langer (author)  skiedra3 years ago
Thanks Skiedra!! :-)
Jayefuu3 years ago
Excellent! Great story too :)
M.C. Langer (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
Thanks Jayefuu! :-) Please, if you like it, vote for me. :-)
M.C. Langer (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
Thanks!!! :-)
Motoraton3 years ago
Amazing as always !
M.C. Langer (author)  Motoraton3 years ago
Thanks Motoraton!
sunshiine3 years ago
I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks to you Sunshiine!! :-)
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Awwwwwww !!! Nice Story...I thought the soundtrack will be Roxette...Good luck Romeo !!!
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Thanks Mr. Sanchez! Well, not so far. Per Gessle is the composer, guitarist and male voice of Roxette!!! :-)
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
It is true !!Robots and Cyborgs has a heart !!!
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
Hell YEAH! :-)