MWM Hacks

Powering Made With Magic devices

Submitted by khyizang on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:06
Creator: khyizang boost regulator components
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"Dead Batteries Tell no Tales"
-Ancient Pirate Wisdom

The key to understanding how Made With Magic products are powered, and subsequently their capabilities, lies within the specs of the TI TPS61221 low voltage boost converter

This article shares some highly unscientific findings about some of the different ways to power your gizmos. Really useful info for folks intending to hack these things.

Unlocking the potential of the Glove board

Submitted by khyizang on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 00:26
Creator: khyizang glove board desoldered and components ready to solder
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The board found in the Made With Magic Glove product is a hacker's dream. Connections for the four LEDs and the infra red receiver are all through-hole type connections. That lends themselves to easier replacement than if surface mounts had been used. The battery holder is a perfectly good standalone piece that's simply wired to the Glove's board. As if those features weren't enough, these days the Glove product sells for substantially less than the other MWM products. What's not to like?

Add a Little 'Magic' to Paper Lanterns: part 1 - Magic Wand and Paintbrush

Submitted by khyizang on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 01:40
Creator: khyizang
URL: page

Add either the Magic Wand or the Paintbrush to a 16" paper lantern to create an attractive hanging light that integrates nicely into virtually any room.

Hack Some Removable Ear Decals

Submitted by khyizang on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 19:35
Creator: khyizang laser printed decal
inkjet decal day
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We Made With Magic (MWM) Ear Hat owners may feel a bit jealous during the daytime when comparing our plain, white ears to the ornate decorations of their non-MWM cousins.  But, just because they don't come off the kiosk with adornments, there's no reason they have to stay that way.

One relatively quick, easy and cheap way to spruce up those ears is with removable decals.  Rotate 'em to suit your mood, occasion or season.  Print up a new batch.  Cut 'em out and add adhesive.  Stick 'em on.  Enjoy.  Repeat as necessary. 

Reimagining MWM devices for Christmas, part 6: WOC Sipper Base

Submitted by khyizang on Sat, 01/09/2016 - 06:04
Creator: khyizang Glowing Santa
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The base portion of a World of Color Sipper Cup is used as a base for some Dollar Tree light-up figurines. Adding some plastic artificial snow enhances the diffusion and lends a nice effect. Easy hack.

Reimagining MWM devices for Christmas, part 5: Chernabog to Castle

Submitted by khyizang on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 18:12
Creator: khyizang 3D puzzle lit by Chernabog MWM
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Notes: A Chernabog Sipper Cup was relieved of it's Made With Magic components and they were transferred to the base of a 3D castle puzzle. Aligned directly under the turrets, it gives a pleasant effect. Hold on to the Chernabog piece. We'll get back to him on Halloween.

Reimagining MWM devices for Christmas, part 4: Ear Hat to Light-up Figurines

Submitted by khyizang on Thu, 12/31/2015 - 10:01
Creator: khyizang Ear Hat lights Frosty and Santa
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Notes: Light-up ornaments/figurines are plentiful and often can be had for very little money. Here, holiday themed light-up ornaments were purchased from Dollar Tree that work well as free standing figurines. Components taken from an Ear Hat were placed underneath and concealed with accessory decorations.

Reimagining MWM devices for Christmas, part 3: Ear Headband as Bow

Submitted by khyizang on Wed, 12/30/2015 - 16:22
Creator: khyizang Headband Bow on Wreath
URL: page

The Headband product is already a bow. All that's needed is to release it from the Headband and then combine it with some similarly colored ribbon to light up any number of possibilities.

The featured product is a holiday wreath. However, it also works as a bow for stuffed animals, on wrapped presents, etc.