These little guys are really easy to make and were a big hit at our booth at LoDa Artwalk last friday. Kids and adults were curious about how we made them and what they were for. So what is an LED throwie? It’s a battery powered LED that is magnetic. You can throw them against any magnetic surface and they will stick! Best of all, they are really easy to make.
Begin by sliding the LED over the battery. Make sure to match the negative and positive ends of the LED to the corresponding terminal on the battery. The longer wire protruding from the LED is the positive side. Don’t worry if you plug it in backwards as this will not damage the LED, it just won’t light up. Once the LED is lit, wrap the tape once around the battery and the LED.
Next, place the magnet against the battery and wrap the tape one more time. Congratulations! You have made your first LED throwie!
So we have just finished our first public event and the reception we got was great! The local community really responded to our message and were interested to see what we will be doing in the future. I have to give credit to Dana Spisak for pushing us to participate in Artwalk. It has been something we have discussed in the past, but we haven’t actually gotten motivated to do. Our LED Throwies were a big hit with kids and adults. The event has definitely spurred a lot of other activity and we have a few other updates:
We now have a Twitter and Flikr account for the Mobile Makerspace! This will allow us to get information out to our members and gives us a place to share our photos.
We have a new survey on the homepage. This will help us collect data about our users and make sure that we are aware of their needs, so please participate if you get a chance!
Several of us are meeting at Wintzell’s Oyster House on Dauphin Street this evening @ 6:30. We are gonna get together and talk over a meal with +Marshall Smith about experiences making software, hardware and other solutions in his new company in Colorado.