Supa Dupa Led Throwie Retreval System





Introduction: Supa Dupa Led Throwie Retreval System

You know how annoyed mother nature is?
Don't wait for her to shout at you!
Clean up you beeping flashing thingy!

In here is just an outline of an idea someone should expand on!

Step 1:

Get a Led Throwie
Get a set of velcro
A ball of blue tack

Cover the throwie with blue tack, and wrap it with the hook side of the Velcro facing outward.

---Making the retriever----
Get a flat floor mop
Glue the Velcro (furry side) strip to the mop

Thanks for reading this little idea of mine.
If anyone has the time, can they post another tutorial(With pictures), using these ideas above. Because i like to see this adopted widely.



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    12 years ago

    i dont think you can judge what is or isnt art right? the makers i know who have made throwies disposed of the batteries, reused the magnets and the LEDs.

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    Re: "i dont think you can judge what is or isnt art right?"

    The idea that nobody can say something isn't art is designed to shut people up. (Nothing personal intended to you friend.) It is moral relativism. It's designed to leave a whole generation confused.

    Example: If throwing something at a sign to mark it in some way MUST be considered art, then shooting a paintball at a sign also MUST be considered art. And people who would follow that logic MUST accept unwanted doggie doo on their steps to be "art."

    Obviously something does not work if we use the logic that all things must be considered "art."

    But back to the retrieval of throwies, has anyone experienced trouble with the police while retrieving throwies? Sadly, sometimes innocent people who are cleaning up will get accused of causing the mess in the first place.

    It's easy to imagine a scenario that goes something like this-
    Cop: "Hey you, the kid with the stick! I see you've got a bag full of those flashing things that are making everybody in town scared of some kind of attack. YOU MUST BE THE PERSON PUTTING THEM UP ALL OVER TOWN!" etc.
    Geek: "No, no, no, really! I'm collecting these. Not distributing them!"
    Cop: "Don't lie to me sonny boy, give me your wrists!"
    Geek: "Honestly officer, it's just ART! I'm sure these are just simple battery powered electronic circuits that aren't dangerous at all! Lots of people are doing it, I read about it on the internet!"
    Cop: "Riiiiiiight. WHO are these people you know!? Tell me the names of the other perps right now."

    This is some weak art, if you can even call it that. It's just decoration. But the real point is that the whole throwie idea put out there has been all about throwing these around and enjoying their glow for two weeks. The whole philosophy is to throw 'em and forget 'em. Basically, to waste them because it's cheap and it looks cool while you're drinking your PBR. Sure, you can retrieve them if you want to. Just get an extension pole and glue some magnets to a flat painting attachment. The thing is that this has always been put out as an irresponsible hack. Watch the videos or read the text, there's no mention whatsoever of how to get them back or what to do with them afterwards. The makers you know have been responsible. The ones who wrote this up haven't.


    Reply 12 years ago

    I think, and artists I've talked to seem to agree, that an individual can't levy out what is and is *not* art. That, more particularly, things can be classified as *being* art basically when they have inspired or somehow directed a new generations of artists. Thus it is fairly easy to say in retrospect what is art, but hard to say what will be in the future.

    However, as these throwies are not at all novel, except for their ease of creation (for which the actual "inventor" is not responsible) I think we can't safely guess that throwies are not art, but merely a fad.

    And, they *are* really bad for the environment. Coin cell battery disposal rates up with industrial processes as primary contributor of mecury in the ocean. You're can't eat tuna more than twice a week because some unlabeled fraction of batteries we stick in dumps (let alone throw out on the ground) contains mecury.

    Be careful with batteries.


    Reply 12 years ago

    Upon futher reasearch:

    GRL ( hacked LED throwies as part of several other composite projects. And, as was in the back of my head, the construction of throwies has a sort of "democratizing" aspect due to its low cost and ease.

    However, making techie chachkies doesn't really stand as art. Throwies stand as a medium, but as long as we participate in them only for their instant gratification, and simple aesthetics, they aren't art in my book.


    Reply 12 years ago

    It's not art, it's litter. Annoying litter. If you honestly think a flashing light is 'art,' I really don't know what to say to you. Maybe you'd like to come over to my house around christmas and I can show you some large art installations.

    Certain kinds of art appeal to only certain kinds of people. I, for instance, just don't get modern art. Rotor, throwies are a kind of art, but they just don't appeal to you. Even graphiti is a type of art if you think about it. It only appeals to the creator though.

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    A definition of art that admits -anything- as art renders the term meaningless. If anything is art, why even have a word for it? I refuse to accept that an LED taped to a battery and stuck to a stop sign is art, and so should anyone who thinks art is important. That said, ksosh has it right. Whatever you do, at least have the decency to clean up after yourself.

    okay so you're bashing the idea of trashing the environment. Humanity is ruining it also, so why bother with pieces of metal and tape? Try the bigger issues, global warming if you will. and would you rather kids be making little lights and putting them up or contributing to crime, or doing drugs. The kid that walks by you smoking, maybe blowing it in your face is doing more harm than a kid with brains to do something relatively harmless

    Good point. I guess that makes it ok then. I mean, after all, since someone else creates more pollution than I do, I guess my littering is ok. Thanks for putting that all into perspective, dude.

    Well it's not necessarily littering, it's pretty much self expression, it's a movement. not throwing trash allover

    If you leave a throwie attached to something that does not belong to you, it is littering. While the batteries last it may be possible to convince yourself that it's art, but that's not a justification to deface property.

    Once the batteries die there is no question that a throwie becomes garbage. Not to be gross, but nobody likes it when someone comes and spits mud or something worse onto their windows, house, or car. It's just a matter of property rights, even public property.

    Just a suggestion, but perhaps the owners' refrigerator could be "beautified" with throwie "art." At least it will be where the "artist" can constantly appreciate it and nobody else will have their property marred.

    And don't forget the possibilities of decorating your own metal lawnmower shed in your yard! Then the throwies can be retrieved, batteries changed, designs updated and improved, etc.

    My own throwie retrieval system (on my own property, of course!) is a stiff push broom. Raise push broom to highest point, press against the metal surface, pull down throwies. BONUS: Cob webs, leaves, and even some dirt will often come along as well and the wall starts to look cleaner!

    Oh, totally, me too. When I throw old Chee-Tos bags on the ground, I'm expressing myself. There's a bunch of us doing it, you may have seen our work recently, let me know what you think.

    I believe that visual art is something that causes appeal or awe

    Retrieving throwies sounds like a good idea on the surface, but not making the throwies in the first place is a *much* better idea.

    kewl idea i mean youcould go on a rampage on christmas and then clean up befor dawn


    i use alkaline button cells stacked in my throwies so instantly there goes your lithium problem.
    the rest of the stuff in them will either rust or decompose under uv from sunlight, and the remnants of the led itself will be no more then a rock like ball of resin. such a waste of an amazing little thing, an led, but they are so cheap now. i just buy the led christmas lights and strip them out, you get a few hundred for only 20 buck or so.

    art is defined as a product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. or a product of a persons creativity.
    if you create something, it is art. how good it is and what its purpose is depends on the 'artist'.

    while i would not call throwing a random throwie a piece of art, tactfully arranging them in a certain way and colour pattern to be visually appealing i would call art, as that requires creativity on the throwers behalf. if done right it can look quite good, i save it for holidays though, such as the few hundred i plan on making up for new years. such fun shall be had <(^^,)>

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    12 years ago

    This is stupid. I hate to be hostile but there have been some seriously obtuse arguments presented. The creators of throwies, wittingly or unwittingly have created true art. Throwies are a pop-cultural phenomenon. A "fad"; trite, vapid, fun, irresponsible. The throwies themselves couldn't be simpler. They're inexpensive, require no special tools or skill to build. The motive to throw them is simple too. Its the combination of three fairly basic human desires. A desire for self-expression (whether its a profound or complex expression is of no consequence). People have been putting up graffitti since before there was language. Throwies are also a social activity. They're usually put up by groups of people. Its also a way to be on the inside of something unique and special. (Read the article on flash mobs in Harpers from a few months back. Totally fascinating) The throwie fad speaks of a world in which advanced technology is so accessable, inexpensive and simple, that its downright childs play. The youth have money to 'waste' on something fleeting with no more importance than its own existence. Be damned, the enviornmental reprocussions, whose effects are so far removed in both time and place from the thrower to be almost imaginary. To live a life in which actions have little if any reprocussions is no small source of existential confusion. (the source of many a science fiction plotline) This confusion is often acted out in whimsical destructive acts (the throwies themselves being a rather inoccuous form) The fact that they piss everybody off and fueled this big controversial thread is clear evidence that as art, they hit their target. Bullseye. They affected you emotionally, be that anger or joy. They got you thinking about what they mean and how they fit good or bad into our (twisted or not) society.

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    The fact that they piss everybody off is not an indicator that they're art, it's an inticator that they're a retarded idea fobbed off by people who should really know better. The idiot who rides his Harley with straight pipes through my neighborhood at 2am isn't creating art, he's creating a public nusiance. Grow up and learn to see the difference.