In 2011 I made a bracelet with ducttape and LED's (I named it BraceLED
. Duh.) The bracelet's clasp is a small magnet that also acts as a switch, so the leds only light up when you're wearing the bracelet.
This spring (2013) a few things happened:
- I did a workshop with high school kids, making BraceLEDs. And they really, really liked doing that.
- That day I also met a man called Leen. He was there doing workshops with a 3D printer and... a lasercutter.
Two weeks ago, I did a nighttime workshop (from 8 pm to 1 am...) with adults this time, again making BraceLEDs. And them too really, really liked doing that.
Funny thing: Although "bracelet" sounds like "for women", braceLEDs are equally popular with men and women, boys and girls. Being able to design your own helps with that, I guess.
So: Many people enjoy making BraceLEDs and Leen has a lasercutter: Last week Leen and me joined forces and made a new version of the BraceLED, with the aid of Leen's lasercutter. We'll be doing try-out workshop with kids on June 22nd. I hope to have some pics of kids' results by then. In the meanwhile, here's a video to show how the clasp / switch works:
If you have access to a lasercutter *), making the BraceLED will take 30 mins to 1 hour. Costs are around €2,00 per BraceLED, but there is a catch: Although you need only 30 cm of coppertape, you must buy a 15ft roll if you don't have it lying around. And that will set you back around €8 (US$10).--
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*) If you think you _don't_ have acces to a lasercutter: Lasercutters tend to nest in FabLabs, Maker Spaces, Hacker spaces or Tech Shops. Look for them in in your area.