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Step 5: Toss your Throwie

The LED throwie is ready to be tossed onto a ferromagnetic surface. Practice tossing your throwies. Work on your accuracy and your own personal technique. Every throwie wont stick every time, but if you toss them gently, they will stick eventually. Get them up high and in large quantities for greatest enjoyment.
I have posted a how-to on making throwies with removable tabs where you can pull it out to turn the LED on and slide it back in to turn it bad off. It's not very hard to implement, and is quite useful for conserving battery power.<br/><br/>Here's the link: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://flickr.com/photos/everythingdigital/sets/72057594069888500/">http://flickr.com/photos/everythingdigital/sets/72057594069888500/</a><br/><br/>I'm also working on throwies that automatically turn on upon sticking to something and off when they are removed (as suggested above), and I have a few prototypes working but there are still some bugs to work out.<br/>
I have included your how-to on the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://graffitiresearchlab.com/?page_id=13">G.R.L. Throwies site</a> and in the upgrade section of the throwies instructables post. Thanks so much for the mods and looking forward to the next rev!<br/>
<p>Best quote: &quot;Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your friends and city officials.&quot;</p><p>How long do they last?</p>
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<p>not sure city officials would be that impressed.</p>
<strong>INTRODUCING:</strong><br /> <br /> Throwies on steroids - <br /> The <strong>LED ULTRIE!</strong><br /> <br /> 7 LEDs arranged in a ring<br />
<p>Hello! Do you have an instructable for this one? I want to apply something similar for a soft toy I'm making, just took my first steps on LED 'wiring' yesterday and your solution seems to fit what I had in mind... without entering into Arduino land _I'm not ready yet! Thank you :)</p>
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<p>This remains a phenomenally bad idea. Instructables should have nothing to do with promoting it, and neither should anyone else. Aside from the glib, &quot;impress . . . your city officials,&quot; which actually means something(i.e., demands allocations of resources, your tax dollars, to clean up someone else's mess, i.e., yours), it has &quot;pollution&quot; written all over. Tossing lithium batteries into the environment wildly-nilly, along with the rest of the ingredients of a &quot;Throwy,&quot;(it sounds so fun!) is the height of irresponsibility, the companies selling parts specifically for such should be sanctioned as well. I'm not opposed to childish behavior, which this is(it is not &quot;art&quot; on any level). But if you must, go throw toilet paper rolls over your friends' trees, or some such thing. Lithium-ion batteries are classified as &quot;hazardous waste,&quot; whether in your phone, portable drill, Tesla, or &quot;Throwy,&quot; and should be disposed of properly, without exception. I haven't even touched on the pollution associated with rare-earth magnets. Educate yourself, people! And grow up! Please! We can't go on like this forever.</p>
<p>Why don't you go ahead and explain the harm in this. inform me<br></p>
<p>well, he allready gave all information you need to determine the harm it does. for more information see my latest answer on your trolling comment (above)<br><br>(I know I risk feeding a troll here, but for the sake of clarification&hellip;)</p>
<p>Not trolling I just really don't see the harm and want to know.</p>
<p>either you're enormously lazy, live in a place where they block google &ndash; or I shall remain regarding you a troll. I'll make that my very last ration, as not to overfeed you:<br><br>as I allready stated, Schulyer gave you most information you need to thoroughly educate yourself on that topic. I added some and will leave you on your own with that.<br><br>so now my little troll, run free!</p>
<p>better said than i could have. </p>
<p>Get off your cross we need the wood.</p>
Funny. Answer the question please.
<p>is this instructable actually promoting the fabrication of &quot;throwies&quot; (as in &quot;throw-away&quot;) that consist of an LED and a Lithium Battery?<br><br>if so, I would like to line up with Shuyler, ask the author to educate himself concerning the ecological and social aspects of his proposal and publishing it on Instructables.com</p><p>I also agree that &quot;Instructables should have nothing to do with promoting it, and neither <br>should anyone else.&quot;</p>
<p>Are you serious it's a light bulb and a battery throw it around have a little fun and throw them away... What's the harm?</p>
I have little hope that facts will convince anyone who defends this practise.<br>but you asked what the harm is and I'll answer:<br><br>the harm is the battery<br><br>the hazardous ingredients of practically any type of Alkaline battery make it absolutely crucial to mindfully dispose of &mdash; not just throw them anywhere.<br>landfill should NOT be an option for disposal here.<br>closed substance cycle waste management defenitely is.<br><br>besides, throwing that kind of stuff is mere waste of material<br>(the value of wich unfortunately does not show in its price)<br>&mdash; economically and ecologically speaking.<br><br>(the fact that this type of button cell also contains lithium might also be a problem as lithium occures in such a concentration nowhere on this planet &mdash; except in man-made batteries.)<br><br>((and I would even regard it less of a problem if it WAS an actual light bulb, but it isn't. It's a piece of epoxy, sticking to a piece of acrylic, holding a little semiconductor&hellip;))
<p>Ok, it's hazardous, but what kind of damage would throwing a few outside do? I probably sound ignorant to you, but I really just want to find out how big of a problem it is in actual numbers and what it will do to environment (I'm guessing the damage it causes is to the environment).</p>
<p>I fear that the phrase of &quot;throwing a few&quot; massively plays down the problem, especially in this context here:<br></p><p><strong>1. instructables are usually made to spread an idea / a design</strong> and the rest does it unintendedly. that makes it completely incalculable how much Manganese dioxide will <br>end up in the environement. consequently it's impossible to give you numbers.<br></p><p><strong>2. &quot;throwies&quot;</strong> like these are designed for fast and cheap manufacturing. that includes, if not <strong>implicates</strong> <strong>rather</strong> <strong>high numbers</strong>. so it's highly likely that <strong>much more than &quot;a few&quot; </strong>will eventually end up in the wild. <br></p><p><strong>3. numbers</strong>. I can only repeat Schuylers advise to <strong>educate yourself on that</strong>. but generally speaking, <strong>every mol is too much</strong> (see: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manganese#Environmental_health_concerns" rel="nofollow"> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manganese#Environme...</a> )<br></p><p><strong>4. there is worse on the market</strong> than the usual chinese rust-away manganese oxide CR2032 &quot;Lithium Cells&quot;.</p><p><strong>Just don't ever throw any battery anywhere!</strong></p><p><strong>Ever.</strong></p>
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