Add a Little 'Magic' to Paper Lanterns: part 3 - MWM Yogis


yogiYogis are into flexibility. That's also true for the components we'll look at in this post.  Each of these components offers much more flexibility for placement of the LEDs than has been true for the components utilized in the previous posts.  This presents some welcome new opportunities.

Powering Made With Magic devices

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.

Ear Hat - Glow Ears v2.2

New Ear Hat 2016

Released in early 2016, this newest version of the Ear Hat departs substantially from the previous Ear Hats. The single battery holder that used to be located towards the top of the hat has been broken out into two separate holders, one under each ear. Also, the on/off switch has migrated to the underside of the right ear. Much more convenient.

Check out the article for additional info and details of the teardown.

Hack Some Removable Ear Decals

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 4: Ear Hat to Light-up Figurines

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.