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"First thing, cut your wool blanket material in the shape of a T. The top is 5 inches wide and 3 inches tall. The overall height is about 12 inches. This length gives you a long flap to protect your book from the buckle area. Cut your leather to a strap of 1.5 inches wide and at least 48 inches long. You can make it longer or shorter to your preference, and longer if you want a looped handle.
Take both material pieces and lay them out together and apply some contact cement to one end of the strap and lay it glue up in the T. Fold the T ends to the glued center to make the pencil holders. Bring the strap back over the glue strip with the rings included. Press together and allow to dry. The glue is to keep things together before stitching and add some stiffness to the assembly.
Once dry, sew everything together using some thick thread. You can sew it on a machine, or hand sew. Final step, stroll to the library with the look of a literary connoisseur."
Do you want to create your own glassware? Well, your dream has come true! With this bottle cutter, named Kinkajou and designed by Patrick Lehoux, you could just grab some old beer and soda bottles and create your own upcycled glasses that way. So easy to use!
Nerds Rejoice! RoboChair is foldable lounge chair that doubles as wall art--it's functional art! Unlike most folding chairs that get stored in a closet or tucked away when not in use, RoboChair hangs proudly on your wall with an easy mounting bracket.
RoboChair by Brad Benke of Stahl Architects at Kickstarter!
TWO Berlin-based hackers Alice Zappe and Julia Lager create a musical umbrella that produces a random series of lo-fi 8-bit tones. How does this umbrella work? Well, it's simple. When raindrops strike the outside surface of the umbrella canopy, they are converted to tones by the the presence of twelve piezo pickup sensors which are taped to the underside of the umbrella and respond to vibration. The piezo’s are then fed into an Arduino Uno - an inexpensive and open source micro-controller popular with hackers and hobbyists, which is in turn connected to two speakers.
The main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book, caught in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room. One day it is knocked over by wind. Unfolding hands and feet, the bookmark is swept back into the pages and the two are reunited for a journey. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn into ocean waves and enjoys the ride of its life.
From the website:
"Worried about smelly or sticky feet this summer?
Fear not, Thanko's got the answer!
Keep your shoes, socks, and sweaty feet breezy with the USB Foot Cooler, a tube that straps to your leg and then slips into your shoes.
It's connected to a USB cable so you can power the fan by your mobile device if you are out and about, or your computer if you are at your work station.
The end of the tube has a small pump that blows out cooling air at either high or low settings.
You can also strap it your arm and cool your armpit too, though at a slight risk of looking a bit like a drug addict!
It can even blow up a beach ball in around 10 minutes!
• Power: USB 2.0
• Tube length: 330mm (13")
• USB cable: 120cm (3.9 ft)
• Weight: around 114g (4 oz)
• Pump: 30 x 75mm (1.2 x 3")
• Ideal for shoes, socks and armpits
• Instructions: Japanese (but very self-explanatory)